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Hope as a Response to Death in the Family

In his general audience, Pope Francis speaks about how a hopeful response to death in the family can strengthen familial bonds.


“Responsorial Psalmnesia” and Other Catholic Disorders

With light-hearted reflection, Mary Jo enumerates several religious “disorders” that are common in her family. Raising saints can include joy…and humor!


Marriage and Parenthood: Vocation, Communion, and Mission

In an address at the commencement of the Ecclesial Congress of Rome, Pope Francis spoke about marriage and parenthood as vocation, communion, and mission.


Getting to Know Mother Mary

Megan talks about how her love of Mary has grown, and the impact she sees that having on her future married life.


On the Importance of Ministry to Single Parents and Their Children

Pope Francis speaks to the Latvian and Estonian bishops about the importance of strengthening their family ministry, especially with the rise of single-parent families.


On Sickness and Suffering of Family Members

Pope Francis addresses the extreme difficulty as well as the gift that suffering and sickness can be for families.


The Beauty of Complementarity and the Treasure of Marriage

Pope Francis urges the Puerto Rican bishops to continue their ministry to families and comments on the beauty of gender complementarity and marriage.


On Poverty and the Family

Pope Francis reminds us to reach out to families living in poverty. He encourages voluntary simplicity and says that poverty “is not just a matter of bread”.


Intentionally Child-Free

Emily Macke critically examines the claims of a recent article touting the “child-free” lifestyle, where men and women deliberately forgo having children for a variety of reasons.


“O, Jesus…”

Stacey recounts her journey with the Morning Offering prayer, and how she and Josh are now sharing this classic prayer with their children.


Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked

Yes, they do! Journalist and dad Paul Raeburn gives a convincing argument, based in a variety of research fields, that fathers are indeed important to their children.


Watch Your Language

At the supermarket getting ready to entertain, Tim and Donna are reminded of the importance of paying attention to language.


On Engagement

Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the time of engagement: a “journey” for man and woman to grow in love.


On the Education of Children

As part of his continuing reflections on the family, the pope exhorts parents to educate their children.


Common Courtesy of Love

Men, when is the last time you held the door for your wife? Dennis reflects on how courtesy and respect go a long way in marriage.


Marriage, the Consecrated Life, and Women in the Church

Speaking to a group of consecrated men and women, Pope Francis highlighted the relationship between the consecrated life and marriage, and the importance of women’s “feminine genius” in the Church.


On a Mission

Every married couple has a mission! Megan and Juan are discovering theirs through the process of marriage preparation with a mentor couple.


On Family Life: “Please, Thank You, Forgive Me”

Pope Francis talks again about the three most important words for married couples and families.


Sweet Nothings

Ways of giving and receiving affection in a marriage can become routine over time. But after 20 years together, Josh committed himself to finding a new and creative way of showing Stacey his love for her.


Blocks to Millennial Marriages

Emily Macke explores a shift in attitudes about marriage, particularly those of millennials, which seems to suggest that society doesn’t need marriage.


Marriage Enriches the Church

Christian marriage is “a sacrament that takes place in the Church and makes the Church.” In his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on how the Church is enriched by Christian marriages.


Two Gathered Together – The Force Awakens

Relating the Catholic faith and contemporary culture isn’t that hard to do, and it can actually provide some needed motivation for one’s prayer life.


The Family is the Masterpiece of Society

Continuing his catecheses on marriage and the family, Pope Francis spoke about the witness of marriage, the pain of children who experience their parents’ separation, and more.


The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again

The Catholic Guide to Depression examines the relationship between depression and the spiritual life and offers practical and faith-filled advice for how to cope with and overcome depression.


Teenage Murder and Parental Love

Josh speaks of the challenges he now faces in parenting a teenager while emphasizing how important a parent’s role is during these years of a child’s life.


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