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On the Family and Christian Community

Families should feel at home in the Church, and the Church should feel like a family, said Pope Francis at his weekly general audience.

Changes to the Declaration of Nullity Process

Pope Francis outlined significant changes to the declaration of nullity (annulment) process in the Church.

Work in Progress

Newlyweds Megan and Juan have faced a challenge to many marriages – moving! In the process, they learned a lot about each other and also saw anew how many opportunities marriage gives for growing in virtue.

On Families Sharing the Faith

In his latest reflection on the family, the pope talked about the crucial role the family has in sharing the faith, both with its own members and others who are in need of the Gospel message.

A Severe Mercy

With beauty and honesty, Sheldon Vanauken recounts in A Severe Mercy the story of his and his wife’s selfless marriage, their conversion to Christianity, and her untimely death.

My Core Sin

Stacey shares her journey to discover her greatest weakness, and how greater self-awareness helps her keep her God-given gifts from becoming obstacles to relationships with God and others.

On Praying as a Family

In his audience today, Pope Francis exhorted the family to pray together, giving them practical tips to do so.

On Work and the Family

In a general audience on August 19, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the dignity of work within the family and the necessity of ensuring that the working world is family-oriented.

It’s Good To Be The King – and The Priest and The Prophet

Tim recounts a recent dinner party during which he recognized his guests’ participation in the threefold office of Christ – priest, prophet, and king.

On Celebration in the Family

In his general audience on August 12, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the goodness of celebration, an occasion that reminds us of our likeness with God, especially when it involves the family.

Tension in the Family Mediated by Grandparents

In an address to the Eucharistic Youth Movement on August 7, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the normalcy of tension within the family and urged that grandparents, whose patience and experience enables them to deal well with conflict, be included in the family.

Learning to Suffer Well

Mary Jo reflects on the grace of joining her suffering to Christ’s, a lesson she learned when she sought the solace of prayer and solitude at a lake while on vacation.

Our New Family

Megan muses about events surrounding her recent marriage, particularly focusing on the awe and joy she felt when she realized that she and Juan are now a “new tiny little family.”

Message to the Knights of Columbus

On August 1, 2015, Pope Francis sent a message to the Knights of Columbus for their 133rd Supreme Convention, thanking them for their defense of marriage and family life.

On Ministry to Divorced and Remarried Catholics

On August 5, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about lovingly ministering to divorced and remarried Catholic and their families as the Good Shepherd would.

Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility

In Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love, Edward Sri tackles Karol Wotyła’s Love and Responsibility, summarizing the text about human sexuality and love in accessible language and offering his own practical insights.

Abortion’s “Selma” Moment

Josh discusses how he encouraged his teenage son to be active in advocating for justice. Both publicly protested the actions of Planned Parenthood after the release of undercover videos that Josh calls the “Selma” of the anti-abortion movement.

Here’s Hoping

Tim reflects on the role of married couples to witness to the virtue of hope in the midst of a culture that has the power to discourage.

Two by Two

Lifelong marriage is a beautiful thing! Dennis reflects on two experiences that reminded him of this: attending a faith-filled wedding, and renewing his own vows at Sunday Mass.

Highlights from Pope Francis’ Latin American Trip: On the Family

Pope Francis continued to speak about the family during his pastoral visit to Latin America, July 5th – 13th, with a particular emphasis on the Church’s mother, Mary.

Finding Hope from “Modern Love”

Emily Macke reviews the winning articles from the New York Times college essay contest on modern love and finds hope in the students’ yearning for something more.

The Freedom of the Wedding Vows

Only one week until Megan and Juan’s wedding! Megan reflects on the beauty of the Catholic wedding vows, and how they say everything that she and Juan hope for from their marriage.

The Wedding at Cana Reflected in the Family

While in Ecuador, Pope Francis delivered a homily and meditated on the intersection of the Gospel story of the Wedding at Cana and family life today.

When Parents Divorce or Separate AND Now What Do I Do?

Catholic school counselor and creator of Faith Journeys Foundation Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski provides well-structured and interactive workbooks for children and adolescents experiencing their parents’ separation or divorce.

Anger and Sadness Turned Inside Out

Josh reflects on recognizing bits of himself and his wife in the Pixar film Inside Out. Adults, too, can relate to children’s movies!

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