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Living Out a Fruitful Marriage (before having kids)

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.

Adopting – A Gift from God

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.”

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

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

November is traditionally a time we pray for our family members and friends who have passed away, and it is also National Adoption Month. This touching first-person story touches on both of these topics, showing how God can bring beauty out of suffering.

On Promises Made to Children

The promise to love, from parents to children, is universal, says Pope Francis.

On Ministry to Divorced and Remarried Catholics

On August 5, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about lovingly ministering to divorced and remarried Catholic and their families as the Good Shepherd would.

Abortion’s “Selma” Moment

Josh discusses how he encouraged his teenage son to be active in advocating for justice. Both publicly protested the actions of Planned Parenthood after the release of undercover videos that Josh calls the “Selma” of the anti-abortion movement.

Highlights from Pope Francis’ Latin American Trip: On the Family

Pope Francis continued to speak about the family during his pastoral visit to Latin America, July 5th – 13th, with a particular emphasis on the Church’s mother, Mary.

When Parents Divorce or Separate AND Now What Do I Do?

Catholic school counselor and creator of Faith Journeys Foundation Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski provides well-structured and interactive workbooks for children and adolescents experiencing their parents’ separation or divorce.

On Family Wounds: Do Not Scandalize the Little Ones

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis addressed the wounds which radiate from a difficult relationship between parents to their children.

Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Alone in the bathroom, staring blankly at the negative test, you tearfully ask yourself, “Why am I not pregnant yet?” Later, you may find yourself talking to your doctor about a “take-home baby” and come face to face with the costly, invasive and sometimes morally questionable reality of fertility treatments. You wonder, “Is there any […]

Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

What do infertility specialists tell couples? Hoping to find out firsthand, I called the number in a newspaper ad and joined an open house at a fertility clinic. I am sure that I was the only Roman Catholic priest there, although street clothes gave no clue to my identity. My experience that evening could not […]

“Responsorial Psalmnesia” and Other Catholic Disorders

With light-hearted reflection, Mary Jo enumerates several religious “disorders” that are common in her family. Raising saints can include joy…and humor!

Marriage and Parenthood: Vocation, Communion, and Mission

In an address at the commencement of the Ecclesial Congress of Rome, Pope Francis spoke about marriage and parenthood as vocation, communion, and mission.

On the Importance of Ministry to Single Parents and Their Children

Pope Francis speaks to the Latvian and Estonian bishops about the importance of strengthening their family ministry, especially with the rise of single-parent families.

Intentionally Child-Free

Emily Macke critically examines the claims of a recent article touting the “child-free” lifestyle, where men and women deliberately forgo having children for a variety of reasons.

Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked

Yes, they do! Journalist and dad Paul Raeburn gives a convincing argument, based in a variety of research fields, that fathers are indeed important to their children.

On the Education of Children

As part of his continuing reflections on the family, the pope exhorts parents to educate their children.

An Adoption Love Story

An Adoption Love Story

Ed. Note: Adoption is a wonderful gift. Though sometimes portrayed in negative ways by the media, most experiences of adoption are beautiful love stories—such as the one Jenny* shares below. My husband Bill and I have been married for six years. Having children and raising a family had always been our expectation. By the time […]

Children as Commodities?

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. This is your pilot speaking. … I have two pieces of news to report, one good and one bad. The bad news is that we are lost. The good news is that we are making excellent time.” —Author Unknown In 1971, the renowned physician and medical ethicist, Dr. Leon Kass, […]

The Family is the Masterpiece of Society

Continuing his catecheses on marriage and the family, Pope Francis spoke about the witness of marriage, the pain of children who experience their parents’ separation, and more.

On the Sufferings of Children

“Children are never a mistake,” says Pope Francis. Yet all too often, children experience sufferings that demean their worth. What can you do to help?

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

This book provides a much needed look at the difficulties that come with practicing NFP. It is a wonderful resource for married couples who “want to work through the spiritual and emotional challenges of NFP.”

How to Smile and Cry Again

Pope Francis reflects on how children can teach adults to be dependent on God, to always remain a child and to smile and cry freely.

The Gift of Children

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis talked about the great gift that children are to families and to society.

Pope to Fathers: Be Present in Your Children’s Lives

Fathers, do you play with your kids? Pope Francis encourages all fathers to be present in their children’s lives.

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