Archive for ‘news and views’
Grandchildren are such a blessing! Dennis recounts a special experience he had recently that reminded him of how wonderful it is to be a grandpa.
Anthony marvels at one of the many differences he is finding between dating and being married while reflecting on how spouses are called to grow with each other.
Do you want to teach your children about the Sacraments? If so, Seven from Heaven is a must read! Elizabeth Ficocelli gives practical and useful advice to families on how they can incorporate the Sacraments into their daily lives and turn their home into a domestic church.
Emily Macke discusses a trend among Americans today, especially the Millennial generation, who seem to be opting out of Church weddings,
Josh relates how he turned the viral “ice bucket challenge” into an opportunity to teach his children about charity and following their convictions.
God’s plan…or our plan? Donna writes about the challenges of saying with Mary, “Thy will be done.”
In an apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis spoke of marriage and family life as a “call” and he encouraged Christians to support marriages and families.
Sara and Anthony are married! Sara writes about their final days of preparation and the biggest lesson they learned.
Emily Macke examines a new trend in non-marital relationships to set up a contract for what happens to the couple’s assets if they break up.
Pope Francis spoke of the family as the “center of love” in a beautiful message to the Latin American Congress on the Pastoral Care of the Family.
Sunday is meant to be a day of rest and worship but how many of us actually use it as so? Mary Jo reflects on how Family Sundays have allowed her family to grow in love of family and God.
There is a lot of planning that goes into a wedding! The Catholic Wedding Book seeks to offer some practical advice in the planning of a Catholic Wedding, including the preparation, ceremony, and Mass. This lighthearted read is the focus of the August Book Review.
Pope Francis continues to speak about the family! Recent comments touch on familiar themes: the importance of parents playing with their children, and the role of labor and human dignity.
A bad day or a big fish? Stacey reflects on how difficulties in life can be a sign that God has big plans on the line for each of us.
Emily Macke continues her reflection on the Instrumentum Laboris, this time discussing Church teachings on birth control in respect to the recent Hobby Lobby decision and upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
Timothy and Donna reminisce about their pilgrimage in Rome – their adventures, inconveniences, and ultimately their engagement.
Pope Francis speaks of a number of difficulties that face the family in the effort to balance family life and work. He reminds us what our true priorities should be oriented toward: the family.
Great marriages require commitment, work, and often help! Dennis and Mary Jo reflect on how the ministry Teams of Our Lady has been a positive tool and community for their marriage.
Sara and Anthony’s wedding day is approaching! Sara reflects on love’s ability to move us – both physically and in service and love of the other.
The Lord has a vocation for each of us. Pope Francis encourages the youth and everyone to search out their vocation and to say “yes” forever.
As preparations continue for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in October 2014, Emily Macke discusses the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the preparatory document for the Synod that addresses the Bishops’ concern for marriage and family life.
Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes present 101 tips with reflections for spouses to better serve their spouse and family.
Different working styles and different ways of coping with stress can lead to tension in a marriage. Josh reflects on the necessity of supporting your spouse – even when it gets prickly – and the role of divine love in our relationships.
In this moment of crisis, Pope Francis encourages priests for work for and with the family as witnesses and mediators.
As Mary Jo looks at memories from her own family, she reflects on her family as a Domestic Church and the responsibility that comes with a family name.