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Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time

As Stacey and Josh’s family experiences, very little is truly routine in family life.


China’s Only Children in Marital Crisis

Tracy You recently published an article in Daily Mail that evaluates the effect of the one-child family policy on divorce rates of couples born in 1980. The interference of parents could be possible contributor to increased divorce rates. Nonetheless, divorce is becoming more common amongst ‘post-80s’ Chinese couples.


Pope Francis Discusses Wedding at Cana

Pope Francis recalls the Wedding Feast at Cana, congratulating those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries, and reminding all of Christ’s endless glory.


Pilgrim of Return

Josh reflects on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. While there, he was transformed by the religious sites he visited; he grew closer to the Lord, while developing an even deeper union with his wife, Stacey. Read more to learn just how intertwined married love and Divine love are.


Young Adults Now More Likely to Live With Parents Than Ever Before

Tara Bahrampour evaluates the difference in the number of young adults who lived at home in 1960, compared to the number of young adults who live at home today. Additionally, she analyzes the decreased percentage of young people who are currently getting married. Marriage and leaving the family home are less practiced than they used to be.


Growing Closer to the Heart

Life is often chaotic, leaving little time to invest in relationships. Find out how engaged couple Tommy and Katie (who are getting married on Saturday!) remain grounded in their love for one another.


Sexuality Explained: A Guide for Parents and Children

Louise Kirk provides a how-to guide for parents in explaining the topic of sexuality to their children at various ages. Kirk does this through a series of dialogues between a parent and a child. This insightful book abides by Catholic teachings on sexuality within the bounds of marriage. Are you unsure of how to bring up this sensitive topic appropriately with your children? Check out this book!


How To Keep Your Marriage Close When Travel Pulls You Apart

Kathleen’s husband Troy travels for about 60% of his job. Here are six tried-and-true tips of how they keep their marriage strong even when they’re apart for much of the time.


Kids Eat Free!

Mary Jo reflects on Pope Francis’s advice to parents to make memories with their families in her own family’s experience on vacation in Toronto.


Moments

Moments

Seeing life not as a collection of single ‘big’ moments, soon-to-be-married Tommy reflects on how Katie and he have grown together and in knowledge of each other.


The Thrill of the Chaste

Dawn Eden’s The Thrill of the Chaste sheds light on the struggles of chastity and provides insight into the daily process of conversion of heart in a narrative manner which is sure to be engaging.


Welcoming the Stranger

Showing hospitality to new arrivals in town is a great way families can live out the work of mercy to “welcome the stranger.” Stacey writes about how their family is doing that right now.


Divorcing with Adult Children: The Unacknowledged Suffering

Jane Gordon Julien delves into the unspoken effects of divorce on adult children and the lasting impact on their lives.


Sacrificial Love

In sacrificing for one another in marriage, writes Kathleen, we become holy.


“Let the Children Come to Me”

Dennis reflects on the innocence and purity of a child’s prayer. His experiences as a grandfather have encouraged him to renew a childlike trust in God. He challenges us to do the same.


“Amoris Laetitia”: The Joy of Love

It’s here! Pope Francis’s prayerful reflections on marriage and the family will give married couples and families much solid guidance in their vocation of love.


Jesus, I Trust in You

What are the chances of meeting your future spouse if they live 1,226 miles away? Katie shares her experience and God’s hand in meeting Tommy. Read about their journey to each other through trust in Christ.


Not Just Good, but Beautiful

Providing both interreligious and intercultural insights, Not Just Good but Beautiful offers a compilation of reflections on the complementarity of man and woman.


Release of Papal Document on Family Life Anticipated

On April 8, 2016, the Vatican plans to issue Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the Holy Father’s reflection on marriage and family life.


Benevolent Fictional Patrons of Important Christian Holidays

How does your family handle the Easter bunny and other cultural, non-religious traditions? Josh provides some insight from their family.


Struggling to Succeed: Employment, Education, Family Life, and Marriage

Joy Smith looks at some problems that plague young men from working class families, specifically those in Chattanooga, TN and how employment, education, family life, and marriage are intertwined.


The Marital Dance

Kathleen reflects on her experience with her husband Troy of learning how to dance – in marriage. Requiring hard work and acute awareness of the other, Kathleen delights in the rhythm of marital life.


St. Patrick’s Witness: A Call for Young People and Newlyweds

Pope Francis looks to Saint Patrick as an example for young people and newlyweds to remain firm in their faith and boldly proclaim the Gospel.


Dream House

Helping her grown daughter and son-in-law move into their first purchased home, Mary Jo reflects on the many cherished memories “home” brings up for her.


Why Marry Tommy? It’s What I’m Made For

Katie & Tommy’s marriage preparation class inspired some deep thoughts on the purpose of marriage, vocation, and even the meaning of life.


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