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“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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grandparents and the elderly have a special vocation of prayer and witness to offer the world, and especially younger generations.
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.
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.
Pope Francis focused his weekly catechesis on the family on the topic of grandparents, in which he spoke about society’s neglect of their care.
Tim reflects on how important it is for spouses to preach the Gospel in their daily lives. He shares how he and Donna do that concretely in their marriage.
The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home gives concrete and practical advice on how families can create a sacred space within the home where they can foster a family prayer life.
Mary Jo reflects on the joy she experiences when her grandchildren invite her into their world of play.
Emily Macke examines a new study that suggests that young people do not value marriage less but in fact value it so much that they delay getting married in order to spend more time making this big decision
Pope Francis highlighted the unique nature of womanhood by reflecting on equal yet distinct characteristics.
It is easy to get caught up in the details of wedding planning, yet Megan is trying to focus her sights on the bigger picture: the Sacrament of Marriage.
Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the bond between siblings.
“A marriage needs maintenance much like a home,” writes Tim. A fitting reflection as we start the season of Lent, a time of attentive maintenance to our spiritual lives!
In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis talked about the great gift that children are to families and to society.
Stacey shares how she and Josh take time to engage in their own fun activities to help restore their energy and motivation in their daily lives.
Pope Francis continues his reflections on fatherhood by now speaking of the great vocation that Christian fathers are called to.
Donna reflects on how Ordinary Time gives the life of the Church, and the life of a married couple, the opportunity to enjoy a period of peace and to grow spiritually.
Pope Francis spoke with the Bishops of Lithuania about threats to the family and the Church’s commitment to families.