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Couples Benefit When Dad Is Involved with the Kids

A new study finds that marriages benefit when a husband relates well with his children and is involved with them. Their marriages also benefit when he participates in household chores. These are important ways husbands connect with their wives.

Raising Gus in the Faith

Sara and Justin are experiencing a common dilemma of parents with small children: How to get something out of Mass while tending to a fussy baby. On Ash Wednesday, Sara realizes why it’s important to take Gus to Mass.

Does Home Life Prepare Children for Marriage?

Most parents hope to create a warm, supportive home for their children. A new study shows that these efforts do provide benefits. It finds that a positive family environment during childhood is associated better marital outcomes later in life.

Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles With Food, Self-Image and God

Is there such a thing as a spirituality of food? The author says that family mealtimes and slower eating are key to a “saner and healthier diet.” She makes a persuasive case for “more mindful eating” and ways to “reframe our food-focused thinking.”

Marriage and Family: A Major Theme for Pope Benedict XVI

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to leave his office, we look back at what the Pope said about marriage and family life. His pastoral concern and esteem for marriage and family turns out to be one of the themes of his papacy.

Life for Sandwich-Generation Parents: “Pulled in Many Directions”

If you are supporting both your own children and your parents, like many Americans, you are a part of the “sandwich generation.” The Pew center recently released a report on its new survey of the sandwich generation.

Retreat Day Five: Marriage is the Foundation of the Family and Society

Retreat Day Five: Marriage is the Foundation of the Family and Society

Breaking Open the Theme The early Church understood the Christian family as an ecclesia domestica, or domestic Church. This idea recognizes that the smallest expression of the Church is not the parish, but the Christian family. The family, our first community, is the basic way God gathers us and forms us. Christian families not only […]

Why Doesn’t Everyone View Adoption as a Pro-Life Option?

“One of the greatest challenges before us is to change women’s perception of adoption as being a bad choice,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said recently in a homily during the National Prayer Vigil for Life.

What Unites and Divides America’s Parents

A three-year study of families conducted by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture reveals some of the similarities and differences among America’s parents today.

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.

Peacemakers, Born and Raised in Families

The family has a vital role in fostering peace according to Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the Jan. 1, 2013, World Day of Peace.

Celebrating Christmas in Cyberspace, But at Home Too

In this Christmas season, many people may give or receive smartphones or other technology that can access the new social media. Social networking can be a wonderful way means of keeping in touch and reaching out to others, but it has a shadow side. How can we remain present to those who are part of our daily life?

Immigration Reform: Keeping Families Clearly in Mind

Scripture “is filled with migrating people who journey toward God,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory in a speech encouraging strong support for comprehensive immigration reform. His speech, given at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Catholic bishops, highlighted the bishops’ concern that “family reunification remain the cornerstone of our nation’s immigration policy.”

Enjoying Marriage and Fatherhood

Justin discusses some of the attitudes towards marriage and parenthood he meets as he goes about his day-to-day business.

For Synod, Families Are Evangelization’s Natural Home

In its concluding “Message to the People of God,” the October world Synod of Bishops underscored the role of the church’s married couples and families in the new evangelization. The Synod’s message also addressed the role of grandparents in the family and the pastoral needs of divorced and remarried Catholics.

Families and the Year of Faith

Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith starting October 11. It’s a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s personal faith, as well as renew the faith life of the family. Here are a few ideas to get started.

The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality

How can parents encourage each family member “to grow in faith, hope and love”? Drawing on the wisdom of St. Benedict, the author offers practical guidance for dealing with the difficult tasks of family life.

Can a Family Still Find Time to Eat Together?

How important are family meals? Research shows that children as well as parents value this time to sit down together. It can be a challenge to schedule this daily ritual, but the benefits are huge.

What Life Satisfaction Means for Marriage

Can spouses’ sense of general satisfaction with life predict what sort of marriage they have? How does one’s satisfaction with life interrelate with one’s relationships? These are questions Denver University researchers are seeking to explore.

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.

How Work and Leisure Affect Couples and Families

The next World Meeting of Families, to be held May 30-June 2, 2012 in Milan, Italy, is certain to discuss the question: Are couples today successfully balancing the demands of their life at home with the demands of their jobs outside the home?

Join the Pope, Take a Staycation

Pope Benedict has gone away for memorable vacations in the Italian Alps in past summers. But Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s official spokesman, explained in early July that the pope decided to spend his 2011 summer weeks at Castel Gandolfo, the usual papal summer residence.

Pope Calls Attention to Family’s Vital Role

Families should receive a prominent place in the Church’s pastoral care, Pope Benedict XVI told Latin American bishops. He noted the difficulties that families face, including rapid cultural changes, social instability, poverty, and a widespread misunderstanding of sexuality.

Pope Benedict Speaks About Marriage, Family and God’s Word

Couples should remember when they experience the difficulties that arise in marriage and family life that God’s Word is a source of strong support for them, Pope Benedict XVI says in an apostolic exhortation released Nov. 11 titled “The Word of the Lord” (“Verbum Domini”).

The Violence and Heroism Hidden in the Home

The home is the place where “the most striking and generous” forms of peacemaking are witnessed. Unfortunately, the home also is a place where violence occurs. The Catholic bishops of Australia address both in a statement for Social Justice Sunday, observed Sept. 26 in their country.

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