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Marriage Maintenance

“A marriage needs maintenance much like a home,” writes Tim. A fitting reflection as we start the season of Lent, a time of attentive maintenance to our spiritual lives!


Yes, God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories

The author uses real-life discernment and religious vocation stories to give parents advice on nurturing faith in their children.


Pope Francis Corner: 2014 in Review

Pope Francis Corner: 2014 in Review

In 2014, Pope Francis spoke repeatedly about Christian marriage and family life. To see highlights of his addresses, take a look at this post.


A Christmas Compilation

A Christmas Compilation

Merry Christmas! Here are some Christmas-related articles and reflections from over the years. Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas season!


Jesus Chose to Enter a Human Family

Continuing his weekly reflections on the family, Pope Francis speaks beautifully about the Holy Family.


Shared work or shared parenting?

New research on men’s and women’s thoughts on work-life balance reveal some interesting differences between desires and reality.


Family Is Irreplaceable; Women Should Be Valued

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.


Advent Traditions

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.


Celebrating Advent as a Family

Celebrating Advent as a Family

The Advent season this year begins Sunday, November 30th. How does your family celebrate Advent? Here is a list of time-honored traditions to prepare your hearts and home for the coming of the Christ Child.


Complementarity is at the Root of Marriage

In an address at the “Humanum” conference in Rome, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of male-female complementarity in marriage.


Pope Francis on the Importance of Family Life

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.


What I Learned in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Josh relates how he turned the viral “ice bucket challenge” into an opportunity to teach his children about charity and following their convictions.


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)

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.


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.


Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Stations of the Cross is a revered Lenten tradition. Parish DRE Daniel Allen reflects on the Stations in light of the vocation of marriage and the realities of family life.


Parenting the “Now More Than Ever” Teen

Josh and Stacey’s son Oscar is now a teenager and is stretching their parenting skills to a new, untested level. This stage is challenging, but is helping them all grow.


Journeys of Love

Our Christmas journeys (and hosting) this year taught us the importance of being present with others – a lesson the three wise men knew well.


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.


Christmas Presence & Traditions

A Christmas two-for-one special: two posts about Christmastime by Stacey and Josh. Stacey writes about the importance of “presence” – not just presents – at Christmas, while Josh writes about the importance of traditions for families and faith life.


What Holiday Stress Means for Couples

What Holiday Stress Means for Couples

Often enough, Christmastime is stressful for couples, overloaded with everyone else’s high expectations and the competing demands of family, friends and workplace associates. What are some of the causes of


Gaudete Sunday

At Mass on Sunday, December 15 you’ll probably see the priest wearing rose-colored vestments. Learn about the significance as we mark the midway point of Advent.


Fighting Bitterness with Family Fun

Josh and Stacey’s oldest son is 13, and sometimes feels like the world – and his parents – are against him. Josh writes that intentionally spending time together, especially playful time, goes a long way in fighting bitterness and building unity.


Tis the Season

Advent is here. Sara and Justin write about their efforts to truly celebrate Advent and not jump right into the Christmas season. They say small things matter: the Advent wreath and celebrating saints in Advent, for starters.


This Is My Body

This Is My Body

Did you know that husband and wife are the ministers of the sacrament of marriage? In this reflection, Josh Noem writes about what it means to live out the sacrament of marriage in daily life, and how that leads to true freedom. “Marriage and family life is a way for us to give our lives over to love 349 ways every day, and it gives us glimpses of heaven every single day too.”


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