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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.


A Short Guide to Praying as a Family

A Short Guide to Praying as a Family is a marvelous how-to guide for families who want to pray together but don’t know how, as well as for families who do pray together and want to progress even further in their shared life of prayer.


Speaking of Money and God’s Care

God provides when you least expect it. Stacey reflects on God’s care for her family before she and Joshua knew what to expect.


Can Religion Strengthen Marriage in America? Leaders in MN Respond.

Mitch Pearlstein, PhD recently published a report through the Center of the American Experiment which sought to answer the question of whether or not America’s religious traditions can in fact strengthen marriage. And Minnesota leaders said yes.


Do People Still Think Monogamy is Essential to Marriage?

In Tech Insider, Kelly Dickerson takes a look at the concept of monogamy (fidelity) within marriage and whether or not that concept retains its relevance in current society.


Meeting with Families during Apostolic Journey to Mexico

On February 15, 2016, during his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis addressed a stadium of families regarding the beauty of family life.


Pope and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Issue First Ever Joint Declaration

On February 12, 2016, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch H.H. Kirill issued the first ever joint declaration between the two Churches. Speaking on topics from Christian persecution in the Middle East to the importance of family in society, they sought to emphasize the areas of unity between the two Churches.


Does Your Marriage Produce Good Fruit?

Marriage grows out of the love of the two spouses, which must be rooted in Christ. Find out how weeds can spring up around your marriage and the importance of nurturing your married love.


Sologamy: The Outcome of a Narcissistic Society

The recent trend of sologamy, or self-marriage, seem to be linked to the narcissistic culture. Strong, holy marriages are needed as much as ever, if not more.


Empathy and Marriage

Neuroscience confirms what happy spouses know: empathy – especially entering into your spouse’s joy – strengthens marriage.


The Family: The First and Most Important School of Mercy

Addressing the Diplomatic Corps, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Church’s teaching regarding the family as the foundation of society on January 11, 2016.


My Funny Valentine

How do I love you? Dennis and Mary Jo count even the quirkiest ways! Read about how they find even each other’s quirks endearing – at least after a while.


A Welcoming Sacrament

Engaged couple Katie and Tommy share how their differences lead them to a closer union!


Why Forgive?

An exposé of the full spectrum of forgiveness, this book uncovers the power of healing even life’s most painful offenses.


Marriage: “A Reality that… Can Be Experienced by All the Baptized”

On January 22, 2016, Pope Francis spoke about the Church’s teaching on marriage not as “an ideal for the few” but as “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized.”


The Week I Forgot My Wife

Last week’s blog post from Kathleen Billings asked, “When is the last time you dated your spouse?” It’s a great reflection on how to keep the spirit of a marriage alive and new and fresh—worth a read. The lesson is a familiar one: we need to wake up! It is easy to fall into a […]


Do you date your spouse?

New bloggers Kathleen and Troy write about the importance of date nights for married couples and how they keep the “Tabor vision” of your spouse alive.


Children of Divorce, Including Adults

When an adult’s parents divorce, the pain and confusion that result can still be very difficult to deal with. A new series in Huffington Post allows children of divorce to share their stories, offering insight into this difficult experience.


The Shape of Love – Through the Years

Married love grows and changes, from the first joy of engagement to the happiness of a long marriage well-lived. Dennis writes about different “stages” of love in his own family.


Homily on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

At a Mass where Pope Francis baptized 26 children, he encouraged parents to remember that the greatest inheritance they can give their children is faith.


Stretching Our Virtue

In their first post, engaged couple Katie and Tommy reflect on the common experience of a long, looong pre-wedding to-do list. While it is a hectic time, it is also joyful, and a great chance to grow in virtue together.


Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage

A great pick for the Jubilee of Mercy – gives insightful, fresh advice on how to live the works of mercy in marriage and family life.


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