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Signs of Grace

Signs of Grace

The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes grace as the “free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God.” My husband, Frank, and I have experienced God’s “undeserved help,” as we have wrestled with His plan for our family. We now know it was God’s grace […]


Surviving the First Year of Parenthood

Surviving the First Year of Parenthood

Sarah, a former For Your Marriage blogger, and Daniel have a young son named Charlie. We asked Sarah how she and Daniel pay attention to their marriage while coping with the demands of a baby. Sarah shares some down-to-earth advice.


Be her Joseph!

Be her Joseph!

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is coming up! (July 20-26) A husband reflects on how NFP has allowed him to defend his wife’s virtue, body, and soul as well as to serve her as the kind of man and husband that he strives to be under the model of St. Joseph.


Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. reflects on the theme of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

Having three adopted children with down Syndrome has proven to be a gift instead of a disability for the Russo family in their day to day lives. Following the unexpected and tragic death of their young son, the family continued to find joy and strength in each other and their faith.


My Husband the Gentleman

My Husband the Gentleman

 Even before I knew it by name, I have always believed chivalry to be very important. When I was a teenager, it was on my list of characteristics and qualities that I found particularly appealing in boys. This might sound crazy, but “yes,” I really did have a list, and I really did go over […]


Why Natural Family Planning Differs from Contraception

Why Natural Family Planning Differs from Contraception

In 1998 Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to Dr. Anna Cappella, director of the Center for Research and Study on the Natural Regulation of Fertility at Rome’s Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. The occasion was a convention commemorating Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical. Excerpts are reprinted below. ________________________________________________________ I hope […]


Responsible Parents Are Open to Life

Responsible Parents Are Open to Life

In an often quoted and often misunderstood section of the letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul begins a passage about wives and husbands with these words: Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Eph 5:21ff) In the late fourth century, St. John Chrysostom suggested that young husbands should say to their wives: […]


My Slogan: “Practice Saved Sex!”

My Slogan: “Practice Saved Sex!”

I am a journalist and a convert. That sounds like an oxymoron. Two years after joining the Catholic Church, my wife and I began practicing Natural Family Planning (NFP). I found that the chastity required to get through the periods of abstinence caused profound changes in me. I stopped daydreaming of swimsuit models, wealth and […]


Redeemed Sexuality

Redeemed Sexuality

As Christians we should be grateful beyond words for the gift of our redemption. We believe that Christ’s action on the cross has changed all things, for all time. We should seek to relate every aspect of our lives to how Christ has redeemed us and our world. When we consider the mystery and contemporary […]


When Can We Use NFP?

When Can We Use NFP?

The author explains the Church’s teaching on using natural family planning to postpone a pregnancy or space children.


A Lesson In Love From Our Dying Son

A Lesson In Love From Our Dying Son

In the fall of 2011, my husband Patrick and I had been married eight years and our family was rapidly growing. Our oldest child had just turned six and we were expecting our fifth child in December. John Paul was born on December 6, 2011. We knew immediately that something was very wrong.


Books on Family Life: Our Recommendations

Adoption: Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It By Dr. Ray Guarendi While We Wait: Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt by Heidi Schlumpf Spirituality in the “Domestic Church”: The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality by David Robinson Six Sacred Rules for Families: Spirituality for the Home by David Gibson Prayers for the Domestic […]


Books on Parenting: Our Recommendations

Fatherhood: Man to Man, Dad to Dad: Catholic Faith and Fatherhood by Brian Caulfield Motherhood: A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard Saints on Call: Everyday Devotions for Moms by Christine Gibson Creating New Life, Nurturing Families: A Woman’s Perspective by Sidney Callahan Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and […]


The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

Parents and families play a crucial role in fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. One religious sister reflects on specific ways that her family formed her to hear and heed God’s call.


The Family in Service of Life: An Adoption Story

The Family in Service of Life: An Adoption Story

November is national adoption month. Rob and Robin Laird share their experience of adopting six children from foster care. “God…gave us the gift of serving the lives of those children He placed before us, and we are ever grateful for this gift.”


The Blessing of “Unanswered Prayers”: An Adoption Story

The Blessing of “Unanswered Prayers”: An Adoption Story

November is national adoption month. Read MaryPat and Tom’s story about adopting four children after experiencing the heartache of infertility. “We could not even begin to have known how much more joy God’s plan for us would bring,” writes MaryPat.


How To Take Young Children to Mass

How To Take Young Children to Mass

Can parents with small children really bring them to Sunday Mass with good results? Yes, say Josh and Stacey Noem, parents of three. They offer some practical advice for parents who want the experience to be positive for them, their children, and their fellow worshippers.


When Dad Is a Fan

When Dad Is a Fan

Sometimes kids need parental coaching, and sometimes they just need a fan. This Father’s Day reflection looks at the value of each.


Wanted: A Handbook for Mothers

Wanted: A Handbook for Mothers

An experienced Mom offers a Mother’s Day reflection. With no “mothering handbook” to follow, how does she admit that she doesn’t have all the answers to vexing situations?


Grandparents: Keepers of the Family’s Stories

Grandparents: Keepers of the Family’s Stories

Passing on the family’s stories can help children to understand who they are and where they came from. Who better to tell these stories than grandparents? The authors offer some suggestions for sharing family stories with the grandchildren.


Grandparents: Models, Mentors and Memory-Makers

Grandparents: Models, Mentors and Memory-Makers

Is there a grandparent in your life? Perhaps you’re one yourself! Check out this article for practical advice about how to be an even better grandparent.


“Courageous” Movie Offers Powerful Message About Fatherhood

“Courageous” Movie Offers Powerful Message About Fatherhood

Are you looking for a new movie with a compelling message and action-packed police drama? Then check out “Courageous,” which opens around the country on September 30.


Parenting: What the Airlines Can Teach Us

Parenting: What the Airlines Can Teach Us

The author finds that airlines unwittingly offer some helpful parenting advice. Why do flight attendants tell passengers to take care of themselves before assisting others?


Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

While research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive, new studies show that the gap is small. Marital satisifaction doesn’t have to decline when children are in the picture. Parents can choose how they will respond to the challenge.


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