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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.

Man and Woman: Reciprocity, Not Replication

Women are reciprocal to men, not replicas of them. Man and woman are made for complementarity and reciprocity. Pope Francis illustrates ways in which this happens in our society today.

Making Peace With Change

Times of change occur in every family, and sometimes adjusting to new situations is difficult. Yet, for a family of faith, God is always the one guiding those changes.

Gender Differences are not Bad, Says the Pope

Sexual difference is necessary for man and woman to form the image of God, and it is essential to what it means to be human. For this reason, any theory of gender that seeks to cancel out sexual difference creates a further problem, not a solution, for the relationship between men and women.

Meeting our Mentor Couple – After Getting Lost

Having a mentor couple while going through marriage preparation can be a wonderful experience. Experienced couples can help guide and support you through the big topic conversations of marriage prep.

On the Sufferings of Children

“Children are never a mistake,” says Pope Francis. Yet all too often, children experience sufferings that demean their worth. What can you do to help?

An Attractive Couple

When married couples let God’s light shine through the cracks of their imperfect lives, they become an attractive role model for others, says Tim in this new post.

Looking for a Happy Marriage

Emily Macke compares and summarizes the “Keys to a happy and long-lasting marriage” put forth by multiple media outlets. Retirees, most of whom have been married for over 40 years, share their tips on how to have happy marriages.

Prayers to the Holy Family for the Synod on the Family

On the solemnity of the Annunciation, inspired by Jesus’s conception into a true human family, Pope Francis renewed the Church’s prayer for the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family.

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

This book provides a much needed look at the difficulties that come with practicing NFP. It is a wonderful resource for married couples who “want to work through the spiritual and emotional challenges of NFP.”


Dennis reflects on how the outward signs of nature – winter into spring – can not only reflect the inward attitudes of Lent, but also the “seasonal” changes of marital love.

How to Smile and Cry Again

Pope Francis reflects on how children can teach adults to be dependent on God, to always remain a child and to smile and cry freely.

Choosing the Readings

In this new post, Megan reflects on how she and Juan chose the readings for their wedding celebration. They found choosing the readings to be a wonderful way of not only preparing for their marriage, but also of entering the season of Lent more fully.

The Testimony of the Elderly

Grandparents and the elderly have a special vocation of prayer and witness to offer the world, and especially younger generations.

What is a Parent’s Role in Lent?

What’s a parent to do when a child wants to stop his Lenten discipline? Stacey gives some insight on how to navigate this situation.

The Family’s Care for the Elderly

Speaking to the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis encouraged everyone – and especially families – to care tenderly for the elderly and those close to death.

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