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Parents, take advantage of a cultural phenomenon to discuss some big topics with your kids, like bravery and sacrifice and temptation.
In their last post, Tim Bishop reflects on the need to always grow in the spiritual life, drawing inspiration from saints and childhood memories to rediscover the beauty of the Faith.
Mary Jo shares what it was like to welcome their three-and-a-half year old son Peter into their family through international adoption.
As we approach the Jubilee of Mercy (begins Dec. 8, 2015), Pope Francis encouraged all people – and especially families – to open wide their doors to others, welcoming them in a spirit of hospitality.
In their final blog post, newlyweds Megan and Juan reflect on the joy of sharing their first Advent and Christmas together as a married couple.
Well-known author Jane Austen’s novels provide a wealth of advice for single young women on how to find a marriageable man and, more importantly, how to be a virtuous woman ready for marriage.
During his first trip to Africa, Pope Francis said that families should have their basic needs provided for. He also encouraged young people to say yes to the commitment of marriage and family life.
Newlywed Megan writes about the “exciting and terrifying” prospect of having children, and how she and her husband Juan express their openness to life and commitment to (God-willing) future children.
In his November 11 weekly address, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of families spending time together, particularly around the family table. He also cautioned against overuse of technology in homes.
Fear is no fun – and can be paralyzing. Tim recounts a recent evening when his wife lovingly helped calm his fears in the middle of the night.
The pope spoke about the importance of stable work for families, so that they can truly rest and not worry about their livelihood.
Pope Francis highlighted the spiritual aspects of the pro-life movement in Italy, and encouraged society to promote and defend the family.
The pope exhorted families to forgive one another, each and every day. This example of forgiveness can spill over into other sections of society, too.
Dennis shares his family’s story of adopting a little boy from Russia over 20 years ago. “As I reflect back, I really believe that God was in complete control over the entire adoption process.”
Author Tara Parker-Pope uses social science research and personal anecdotes to provide valuable insight for married couples seeking to strengthen their relationship. A set of quizzes help couples to examine aspects of their own marriage.
In an address and homily at the end of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis provided key principles for the Synod Fathers in their ministry to families.
“God who created man out of love also calls him to love – the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being…Since God created them man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1604 Tommy was […]
Troy and Kathleen Billings live in a rural western suburb of Chicago with their five beautiful children, ages baby to college bound, and have three little souls in Heaven. They met at the University of Notre Dame when paired up to perform a dance together for a Christmas show. It was not until several years later when, by the grace […]
You’ve probably heard it said that you don’t just marry your spouse, you also marry his or her family.
“Fidelity to promises is truly a masterpiece of humanity!” Pope Francis shares how fidelity is essential to love.
Living in a rural area, Tim and Donna enjoy local wildlife. After a young buck dies, they are reminded that there is generosity in both giving and receiving comfort.
The promise to love, from parents to children, is universal, says Pope Francis.
Dennis and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary while on a retreat with some friends from our marriage support group Teams of Our Lady. Along with time to learn from the videos on the retreat, there was a lot of laughter and good-natured ribbing, not much sleep and a fair amount of food and wine […]
Pope Francis shares beautiful words about the family as the Synod opens.
In Love Factually, Duana Welch lays out ten steps to finding love based on her research as a social scientist.