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Study Finds Aggression More Likely In Cohabitating Couples

The Institute for Family Studies recently reported on two studies that explored the link between physical aggression and cohabitation in young adult couples. The studies found that cohabitating couples are more likely to experience aggression in their relationships than those who are married or dating and not living together.


Pope Calls for New Catechumenate for Marriage Preparation

In a recent audience with the Roman Rota, Pope Francis called for stronger and more effective marriage preparation for couples approaching the sacrament. He noted the difficulties of choosing to marry in today’s culture and emphasized the importance of the faithful in being present to married couples in the Church.


Nationwide Poll Finds Support for Monogamy in Marriage; Long Marriages Continue to Inspire

January 2017’s 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll surveyed over 1,000 Americans on their views of marriage. Results show that, overall, Americans are supportive of monogamy, working hard in marriage, and long-term marriages.


Do You Have Marriage Insurance?

We insure material possessions; it’s even more important to invest in a marital insurance policy. Blogger Kathleen has some practical suggestions for couples to protect and strengthen the marital commitment.


Three Little Words

Men and women have different perspectives in marriage. Mary Jo shares a few phrases that have particular importance for her in conversations with her husband.


Pope Baptizes Twenty-Eight Babies on Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father baptized twenty-eight babies in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he spoke of the faith that baptism bestows and the responsibility of parents to live as witnesses of that faith.


Teaching Transcendence

The encounter with the transcendent is a crucial part of human life. Josh reflects on the experiences of nature that have inspired contemplation of God and the current practices in his family that foster wonder and awe.


Meet the Future Mr. and Mrs. Foley

Welcome to our new engaged couple bloggers! Tim and Brooke are getting married this summer. In their first post, they share their how-we-met story and their beautiful proposal story. It will be a joy to follow them in their journey toward the Sacrament of Marriage!


Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Good mothers bring tenderness to society, Pope Francis says. We can all follow the example of Mary, the Mother of God and first disciple.


The Journey of Our Love: The Letters of Saint Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla

The personal witness of a happy, holy married life can be a source of encouragement and strength for others who are striving to virtuously live their own vocations. The letters of St. Gianna Molla and her husband, Pietro, provide an image of beautiful, sanctifying married love.


The Feast of Holy Innocents and Our Call to Defend Children

The feast of the Holy Innocents, says Pope Francis, is a reminder to all of us to protect and cherish the children in our midst, especially those who are suffering.


Midnight Mass for Christmas

Christmas is a night of glory, joy, and light, says Pope Francis. We must remember all suffering children on this day, and bring them the hope of the baby Jesus.


Where is your marriage headed? Setting goals in 2017

The New Year is a great time to make goals – how about goals for your marriage, too? Kathleen gives insight on how to make this a marriage-enriching experience.


Honor Thy Father

The call to honor one’s father and mother lasts a lifetime. After a recent trip honor war veterans, Dennis expresses gratitude not only for his father’s sacrifices for his country but also his sacrifices for his family.


Religious Service Attendance Linked with Less Divorce

The Institute for Family Studies recently published research results that confirms previous similar studies: those who regularly attend religious services are less likely to divorce than those who don’t.


New Traditions

The holiday season is a time of nostalgia and traditions. Katie reflects on the traditions that shape who we are and the beauty of creating new traditions with her husband.


The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce

With honesty, warmth, and fidelity to the Church, Lisa Duffy offers a guidebook for divorced Catholics that includes her personal story, practical actions after divorce, and steps toward emotional and spiritual healing.


An Open Letter to Newlyweds Regarding Children

Although our culture may focus on the hardships of parenting, Josh reflects on the goodness of parenting, a task that is meant to sanctify children – and will sanctify the parents along the way.


What is the Key to a Successful Marriage?

A recent study surveyed married couples about the most important factors in a successful marriage. The results showed that religious beliefs are seen as less integral to marital success than other aspects.


You Have to Work at It, But Marriage is Worth It!

Marriage is not always an easy vocation. Kathleen reflects on the necessity of working hard, with God’s grace, every day in marriage to fulfill His call to reflect His love.


Hiking Lessons

While taking time to hike through the woods with her husband before a wedding, blogger Mary Jo finds some similarities between journeying through the forest and living out faith and love in the Sacrament of Marriage.


Mothers as Models of Faith in the Family Today

When it comes to raising children in faith, new research has shown that mothers tend to be more influential than fathers on the religious experience of their children.


Does Divorce Affect Parents Differently than Couples Without Children?

A new study has taken a different approach on studying the consequences of divorce, comparing in what ways divorce affects couples with children and couples without.


NFP: “Not Freaking Practical” at Times…but Worth It in the End

While it is a beautiful and fruitful way of life, practicing NFP in marriage is not always easy. Blogger Katie reflects on this particular struggle in her newly married life, with certainty that it will bring her and her husband to holiness.


How Does Family Instability Affect Girls?

Divorce affects all members of the family in one way or another. While past research has emphasized the effects of divorce on young boys, a recent study brings insight into how marital instability negatively affects young girls.


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