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In his Angelus message on the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis encouraged families to keep Jesus at the center of their lives.
Speaking to parents of newly baptized children, Pope Francis urged them to remember and celebrate their own baptism too.
Roses…in December? Mary Jo writes about a family birthday tradition and how it reminds her to allow her children to develop at their own pace, and helps her to believe in their goodness always.
Continuing his weekly reflections on the family, Pope Francis speaks beautifully about the Holy Family.
New research on men’s and women’s thoughts on work-life balance reveal some interesting differences between desires and reality.
In a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Pope Francis wrote about the family, the Synod of Bishops, and the upcoming World Meeting of Families.
Tim reflects on how children remind us that life doesn’t have to be routine and how we can find childlike joy in our everyday lives.
On December 10, 2014 Pope Francis began a new series of talks on the family for his general audiences. In the first audience, the Pope discussed the true nature of the October Synod on the Family.
In a message sent to the Festival of the Family, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of the family for all people, and lauded the valuable contributions of women in the home and society.
Marriage is a pathway to heaven. And just as we wait in Advent for Christ’s coming at Christmas, so married couples patiently journey together toward the fulfillment of their desires in heaven.
Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.
A new study on the birth control pill examines the possibility that women’s attraction to men and their marital satisfaction could be affected by taking the pill.
Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, where he spoke about the importance of the family in relation to the hope of nations.
Do you worry about money? This book can help you make peace with your finances (a common source of marital strife) and develop generosity.
Dennis reflects on fond family memories of Advent, especially the peaceful glow of the Advent candles as the family gathered around the table for dinner and prayers.
Tim planned a special birthday party for Donna, and in the process was reminded of the high value of a “worthy wife” (Prov. 31).
In an address at the “Humanum” conference in Rome, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of male-female complementarity in marriage.
Emily Macke shares the research findings of psychologist John Gottman about what makes couples “masters” or “disasters” of love.
Sara reflects on how marriage calls spouses not to think of only their own happiness, but the well-being of the other when making big and small decisions.
On the Malawi bishops’ Ad Limina Visit, Pope Francis spoke with them about the importance of their commitment to family life. “There is no aspect of family life…which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love,” he said.
In a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers, Pope Francis discussed the need to make the declaration of nullity (annulment) process more efficient and less expensive.
Josh tells the story of a Halloween night that could have gone horribly wrong, but instead turned into a beautiful family experience.
What God Has Joined: A Catholic Teaching on Marriage covers the topics of the nature of the Sacrament, questions of sexual morality, how the Sacrament can be lived out, difficult questions concerning marriage and the marriage preparation process.
Speaking to an ecclesial movement on their 100th anniversary, Pope Francis highlighted the challenges marriage is facing.
An interesting new study looks at how text messaging changes when a couple gets married. Does this apply to you?