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What couples learn from divorce they could learn from marriage prep

A British newspaper looks at reasons why some people get divorced before the age of 30.


On Changing Plans

In her last post for For Your Marriage, Sara shares that she and Anthony are expecting a child in May 2015, and reflects on the past few months.


Yes, God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories

The author uses real-life discernment and religious vocation stories to give parents advice on nurturing faith in their children.


Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

How many times have you heard the suggestion to pray together as a couple? But how do you actually going about doing something that can seem strange and awkward, at least at first? Here are some practical tips.


Restoration Work

“A marriage should be a place where problems can be shared without fear and truth can be expected without doubt.” Timothy and Donna share about a difficult little situation Donna was recently in, and the relief that came from sharing it with Tim.


Jesus Brings the Generations Together

In his Angelus message on the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis encouraged families to keep Jesus at the center of their lives.


At Baptism, Parents Give Their Children the Gift of Faith

Speaking to parents of newly baptized children, Pope Francis urged them to remember and celebrate their own baptism too.


The December Rose

Roses…in December? Mary Jo writes about a family birthday tradition and how it reminds her to allow her children to develop at their own pace, and helps her to believe in their goodness always.


Jesus Chose to Enter a Human Family

Continuing his weekly reflections on the family, Pope Francis speaks beautifully about the Holy Family.


Shared work or shared parenting?

New research on men’s and women’s thoughts on work-life balance reveal some interesting differences between desires and reality.


Pope Looks Forward to Philadelphia Trip

In a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Pope Francis wrote about the family, the Synod of Bishops, and the upcoming World Meeting of Families.


Holy Order

Tim reflects on how children remind us that life doesn’t have to be routine and how we can find childlike joy in our everyday lives.


Pope Francis Begins New Series on the Family

On December 10, 2014 Pope Francis began a new series of talks on the family for his general audiences. In the first audience, the Pope discussed the true nature of the October Synod on the Family.


Family Is Irreplaceable; Women Should Be Valued

In a message sent to the Festival of the Family, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of the family for all people, and lauded the valuable contributions of women in the home and society.


Marriage: A Perpetual Advent

Marriage is a pathway to heaven. And just as we wait in Advent for Christ’s coming at Christmas, so married couples patiently journey together toward the fulfillment of their desires in heaven.


Invalidation or, Guess Who is Less than Perfect?

Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.


Does the Pill Impact Attraction?

A new study on the birth control pill examines the possibility that women’s attraction to men and their marital satisfaction could be affected by taking the pill.


Pope Francis to the European Parliament

Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, where he spoke about the importance of the family in relation to the hope of nations.


Why Enough is Never Enough: Overcoming Worries about Money – A Catholic Perspective

Do you worry about money? This book can help you make peace with your finances (a common source of marital strife) and develop generosity.


Advent Traditions

Dennis reflects on fond family memories of Advent, especially the peaceful glow of the Advent candles as the family gathered around the table for dinner and prayers.


An Inspiring Half Century

Tim planned a special birthday party for Donna, and in the process was reminded of the high value of a “worthy wife” (Prov. 31).


Complementarity is at the Root of Marriage

In an address at the “Humanum” conference in Rome, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of male-female complementarity in marriage.


Becoming Masters of Love

Emily Macke shares the research findings of psychologist John Gottman about what makes couples “masters” or “disasters” of love.


Gaining Trust While Losing Control

Sara reflects on how marriage calls spouses not to think of only their own happiness, but the well-being of the other when making big and small decisions.


Pope Francis on the Importance of Family Life

On the Malawi bishops’ Ad Limina Visit, Pope Francis spoke with them about the importance of their commitment to family life. “There is no aspect of family life…which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love,” he said.


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