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The Marital Dance

Kathleen, a former dancer, reflects on how marriage and dancing are similar. Just as each partner in a dance has a particular role and specific strengths, so it is with each spouse in a marriage covenant – and both have to work as a team to make the dance beautiful.


Successful Marriages Are Built on Positive Little Moments

One key to a successful marriage may be consistent, intentional acts of love (however small) between spouses. Recent surveys conducted by the University of Texas found that higher marital satisfaction is linked with regular positive interactions between spouses.


World Family Map Reports on Global Family Dynamics

Part of the report from the World Family Map project focuses on family dynamics. The WFM found varying patterns in conversations between parents and children and a positive correlation between shared family meals and teens’ school performance.


Words of Love

Words are one of the most powerful tools in married life. Following his wife’s post, Dennis shares some phrases spoken by his wife that are particularly meaningful to him.


Core Sin Reprised

No matter how long you’ve been married, differences in how you and your spouse handle things can still arise. Stacey reflects on the subtle ways our families of origin affect the way we relate to others and the importance of identifying them to grow happier and holier.


Three Little Words

Men and women have different perspectives in marriage. Mary Jo shares a few phrases that have particular importance for her in conversations with her husband.


Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love

A series of essays on all aspects of marriage and family life. Each author brings an expertise and poignant personal stories.


The Week I Forgot My Wife

Last week’s blog post from Kathleen Billings asked, “When is the last time you dated your spouse?” It’s a great reflection on how to keep the spirit of a marriage alive and new and fresh—worth a read. The lesson is a familiar one: we need to wake up! It is easy to fall into a […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

Quote for reflection: “One cannot live without seeking forgiveness, or at least, one cannot live at peace, especially in the family. We wrong one another every day. We must take into account these mistakes, due to our frailty and our selfishness. However, what we are asked to do is to promptly heal the wounds that […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

Quotes for reflection: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matt 5:7) The Paschal Mystery – Jesus’ death and Resurrection – “bears within itself the most complete revelation of mercy, that is, of that love which is more powerful than death, more powerful than sin and every evil, the love which lifts […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

Quote for reflection: “Brothers and sisters, God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

Quote for reflection: “Merciful love also means the cordial tenderness and sensitivity so eloquently spoken of in the parable of the prodigal son, and also in the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. Consequently, merciful love is supremely indispensable between those who are closest to one another: between husbands and wives, between […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

Quotes for reflection: “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.” (Psalm 103:8) “Jesus, who knows us well, teaches us a secret: don’t let a day end without asking forgiveness, without peace returning to our home, to our family. It is normal for husband and wife to quarrel…perhaps you were mad, […]


Watch Your Language

At the supermarket getting ready to entertain, Tim and Donna are reminded of the importance of paying attention to language.


Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Dating your spouse is crucial to a happy marriage. Gerald and Michelle, founders of Date to Door, explain why dating is so important and give advice for how to do it.


Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love

In his message for the 49th World Communications Day, Pope Francis highlights the family’s unique role as the place in which all humans first learn to communicate. In this capacity the family has the privilege of teaching its members how to carry the witness of loving communication into the larger society.


Restoration Work

“A marriage should be a place where problems can be shared without fear and truth can be expected without doubt.” Timothy and Donna share about a difficult little situation Donna was recently in, and the relief that came from sharing it with Tim.


7 Signs of a Functional Relationship

7 Signs of a Functional Relationship

During my year studying Interpersonal Communications, I was introduced to the work of one of the top researchers in marriage and relationship health, Dr. John M. Gottman. Throughout my post college years, I have kept up with his research. He is most famous for developing a formula that accurately predicts divorce after observing a couple interact with one another […]


How Cell Phones Can Hurt Your Relationship

How Cell Phones Can Hurt Your Relationship

People tell me that they are not good at talking on the phone or face to face and so resort to texting. My question is, “What would you have done before cell phones?” Well, they would have developed their communicate skills and overcome their inability. But that is not the case today. Unfortunately, it’s far […]


Invalidation or, Guess Who is Less than Perfect?

Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.


How Texting Changes When You Get Married

An interesting new study looks at how text messaging changes when a couple gets married. Does this apply to you?


A Moving Proposition

Moving into a new house, Josh reflects on the struggles that even time-tested marriages face, and how spouses can try to overcome them.


June 18, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) If you do something wrong, don’t say, “I’m sorry,” which doesn’t need a response. Say, “Will you forgive me?” The other spouse has to say “yes” or “no.” If “no,” you need to talk


June 12, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) Speak to your spouse the way you would to a stranger or a co-worker. Be kind.


Marriage Movie Night

Could watching movies help prevent divorce? A recent study shows the positive effects that discussing the relationships that are portrayed in film can have on one’s own relationship.


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