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World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia 2015

World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia 2015

From September 22 to 27, 2015, families from around the world will gather in Philadelphia to pray, learn, and celebrate the gift of the family. Whether you’re able to come to Philly or not, the resources below will help you and your family prepare for this important event in the life of the Church. More […]


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.


Learning Love: The Theology of the Body and the Family (Part 2)

Learning Love: The Theology of the Body and the Family (Part 2)

As the domestic Church, the family is where we first learn love. Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides a number of ways in which the family can grow in love of each other, neighbor, and God.


Learning Love: Theology of the Body and the Family (Part 1)

Learning Love: Theology of the Body and the Family (Part 1)

As the domestic Church, the family is where we first learn love. Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides a number of ways in which the family can grow in love of each other, neighbor, and God.


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 […]


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.”


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.


Balancing Family and Work

Balancing Family and Work

“I want to be a good husband or wife, and a good father or mother. But work seems to suck everything out of me. How do I do justice to both?” During uncertain economic times, couples can be even more tempted to sacrifice family life for work. How can they strike a balance?


Caring for Children While You Care for Aging Parents

Caring for Children While You Care for Aging Parents

If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation,” it’s hard to shake the feeling that if you focus on one generation you’re losing sight of the needs of the other. It can help to remember that taking care of your parent is good for your children, too. How so?


The Sandwich Generation

The Sandwich Generation

Being a part of the “sandwich generation” – taking care of your children as well as your aging parent – can be overwhelming. When you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for all you have to do, these suggestions might help.


When You’re Married to the Caregiver

When You’re Married to the Caregiver

If you’re the husband or wife of an adult child who is taking care of an aging parent, it can seem that no matter what you say or do, it’s the wrong thing. Here are a few suggestions to consider that may make this time easier.


Interfering In-Laws

Interfering In-Laws

Even in the most blissful of marriages, the interference of in-laws can bring tension and arguments. Here are some strategies for addressing these issues.


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