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Hugging the Porcupine

Different working styles and different ways of coping with stress can lead to tension in a marriage. Josh reflects on the necessity of supporting your spouse – even when it gets prickly – and the role of divine love in our relationships.


To Priests: Work With and For Families

In this moment of crisis, Pope Francis encourages priests for work for and with the family as witnesses and mediators.


What’s In A Name?

As Mary Jo looks at memories from her own family, she reflects on her family as a Domestic Church and the responsibility that comes with a family name.


Parents, Play With Your Children

Pope Francis reminds parents of the importance of slowing down and taking time to play with their children and spending time together as a family.


Divorce Parties and Family Photographs

While divorce was once a topic discussed delicately, some are now using it as an occasion to celebrate lavishly. Emily Macke discusses the rise of “divorce parties” and the lingering effects of divorce, especially on children.


The Philosophy of Math

Is marriage about finding your “other half”? Tim and Donna use mathematics and hummus to discuss what it means to be whole, as a person and a couple.


The Heart of Christian Marriage

Pope Francis reflects on the three pillars of the spousal relationship: fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness and how they are exemplified in Christ’s love for the Church.


Becoming a Family

When Anthony and Sara enter the sacrament of marriage in a few months, they will not simply be starting their life together as a married couple but as a family. Anthony reflects on his future family with Sara in light of Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Families.


The Family is the Domestic Church

In a brief address, Pope Francis recognized the family as the domestic Church and the challenges that the family faces.


The Gift of Self: A Spiritual Companion for Separated and Divorced Faithful to the Sacrament of Marriage

What does divorce mean for the sacrament of marriage? Maria Pia Campanella explores how those who are separated or divorced can continue to live out their sacramental marriage as well as offers insight to those who are ministering to them.


May 31, 2014

“Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste.” (Lk 1:39) Mary lost no time in going to her cousin Elizabeth. Do you “travel” to meet your beloved’s needs “in haste”? Taking Mary as your model, try responding without hesitation today to requests from your spouse.


Crafting Family Memories

As family vacation season approaches, Dennis reflects on the memories made at his family’s favorite vacation spot, and on the beauty of creation.


May 30, 2014

Whose fault was your last fight? Maybe it clearly was one of you, but more often it’s a combination of misunderstanding, forgetting to do something, and spouses having different expectations. To resolve an argument look at what you contributed more than what your spouse did wrong.


The Family at the Heart of Development

In his recent address to the United Nations, Pontifical Council for the Family President Archbishop Paglia discussed the importance of the family as the center of society and human development. Marriage in the News writer Emily Macke outlines and reflects upon the five main points of his address.


May 29, 2014

What lifts up your spirit? A funny story, a good meal, a hug, a compliment? Lift up each other today.


May 28, 2014

“To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.” (#3, Family Pledge of Nonviolence) Could your family say “Yes” to this? World peace begins at home.


May 27, 2014

Rita Boeke tells of how she played a practical joke on her husband, Bob, by filling his car with balloons when he was a teacher. (Forever And A Day) Can you think of a practical joke that would bring a smile to your beloved – and not get you in trouble?


May 26, 2014

Memorial Day is a time for picnics and parades. But why? It is only because others have given their lives for us that we get a holiday. Have you or any of your relatives served in the armed services? For whom and for what cause would you give your life?


May 25, 2014

“Always be ready to give…a reason for your hope.” (1 Pt 3:15) And always be ready to speak of your love! Speaking kindly of one’s spouse strengthens the marriage bond. Look for opportunities to build each other up, both alone and in public.


May 24, 2014

Is your own marriage strong and happy? Good. Perhaps it’s time to give back by mentoring engaged couples or becoming involved with marriage ministry in your parish.


The Week We Were Pregnant

An unexpected pregnancy and loss cause Josh and Stacey to reflect on life, trust, and God’s plan.


May 23, 2014

“Marriage is a public good, not just a private relationship. We have a public stake in healthy marriages…. Our society suffers with the collapse of the relationship of the couple who brings a child into the world.” (Bill Doherty) Support others’ marriages too.


May 22, 2014

The Church remembers St. Rita of Cascia today. St. Rita suffered a difficult marriage and the deaths of her children. She is considered a patron for those undergoing marital difficulties. Learn about her today, and ask her prayers if you or others you know are struggling.


May 21, 2014

Consider taking an adult education class together. It could be on technology, a book club, marriage enrichment, a scripture study, or learning more about your faith. Don’t have time to go to a class? Send each other informative emails. Keep your minds alive and in sync.


Family is the Fundamental Cell of Society

In a message to the Philippine Bishops and all of those at the Asian Conference on the Family, Pope Francis recalls the importance of the family in society as it serves as the basis of society and human relationships.


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