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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.

The Neglect of Grandparents

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.

Use Your Words

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

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.

The Holiness of Play

Mary Jo reflects on the joy she experiences when her grandchildren invite her into their world of play.

Do Young People Delay Marriage Because They Value It?

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

Womanhood: Equality and Difference

Pope Francis highlighted the unique nature of womanhood by reflecting on equal yet distinct characteristics.

Planning the “Perfect” Wedding

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.

On Brothers and Sisters

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the bond between siblings.

Marriage Maintenance

“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!

The Gift of Children

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis talked about the great gift that children are to families and to society.

Restorative Niche Activities

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.

The Positive Roles of Fathers

Pope Francis continues his reflections on fatherhood by now speaking of the great vocation that Christian fathers are called to.

Nothing Dull About It

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.

Committed to the Family

Pope Francis spoke with the Bishops of Lithuania about threats to the family and the Church’s commitment to families.

The Hope of the Family: A Dialogue with Gerhard Cardinal Muller

A great read in preparation for the 2015 Ordinary Synod on the Family! The interview format features highly relevant Q&As with the Cardinal responsible for the Vatican’s doctrine office.

Life’s Highs and Lows

”A life lived in relationship with one another and with God will most certainly have its ups and downs, highs and lows.” Dennis reflects on how necessary it is to take time to reflect on our ups and downs in life in order to see where God is present in our lives.

Pope to Fathers: Be Present in Your Children’s Lives

Fathers, do you play with your kids? Pope Francis encourages all fathers to be present in their children’s lives.

Does Pornography Affect Men’s Decision Whether to Marry?

A recent study suggests that men’s use of pornography can not only threaten an already existing marriage but might also be lessening their likelihood of marrying at all.

Six Months To Go!

New engaged blogger Megan writes about getting her and her fiancé’s rings blessed, a traditional part of engagement in Chile, where they currently live.

Transmitting the Faith: the Important Role of Women

In his daily homily, Pope Francis encouraged women in their important role of passing down the faith to the children in their care.

Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love

In his message for the 49th World Communications Day, Pope Francis highlights the family’s unique role as the place in which all humans first learn to communicate. In this capacity the family has the privilege of teaching its members how to carry the witness of loving communication into the larger society.

Homily at the Final Mass of the Apostolic Visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines

Pope Francis reflected on the image of the Holy Child Jesus, who he said reminds us of our identity as children of God. He also spoke of the need to protect families in our world today and welcome children as Christ did.

Pope Francis’s Address to the Diplomatic Corps

Pope Francis reflected on the need to build societies upon the foundations of human values and rights, insisting that the family has a fundamental role in doing so.

Take Forward the Meaning of Family

In a Meeting with Families in the Philippines, Pope Francis encouraged families to pray together, to overcome worldly threats, and to take the mission of the family out to others.

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