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Tinsel or Garland?

Tinsel or Garland?

Paul and Sarah share how married couples can incorporate their individual family traditions into the holidays while also creating new ones together.

For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed

Author Tara Parker-Pope uses social science research and personal anecdotes to provide valuable insight for married couples seeking to strengthen their relationship. A set of quizzes help couples to examine aspects of their own marriage.

Receive Generously

Receive Generously

Living in a rural area, Tim and Donna enjoy local wildlife. After a young buck dies, they are reminded that there is generosity in both giving and receiving comfort.

Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do

In Love Factually, Duana Welch lays out ten steps to finding love based on her research as a social scientist.

Papal Visit Wrap-Up

Pope Francis spoke multiple times about marriage and the family during his visit to the U.S. – read them all here!

A Severe Mercy

With beauty and honesty, Sheldon Vanauken recounts in A Severe Mercy the story of his and his wife’s selfless marriage, their conversion to Christianity, and her untimely death.

Chapter Ten: Choosing Life

Chapter Ten: Choosing Life

Reflecting on chapter 10 of the World Meeting of Families catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare speaks about the courage and self-discipline necessary to respect the holiness and fertility of sex in marriage. NFP can help!

Learning to Suffer Well

Mary Jo reflects on the grace of joining her suffering to Christ’s, a lesson she learned when she sought the solace of prayer and solitude at a lake while on vacation.

Our New Family

Megan and Juan are married! Out of all the moments of their wedding day and the days after, Megan writes that one of the most meaningful was when on the flight back to Chile, the newlyweds filled out one custom form “per family.”

Message to the Knights of Columbus

On August 1, 2015, Pope Francis sent a message to the Knights of Columbus for their 133rd Supreme Convention, thanking them for their defense of marriage and family life.

Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

In a reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla considers the role of the Church as a mother who seeks her children’s happiness and freedom by “preserving the truth of the Gospel.”

Here’s Hoping

Tim reflects on the role of married couples to witness to the virtue of hope in the midst of a culture that has the power to discourage.

Be Her Joseph!

Be Her Joseph!

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is July 19th-25th! A husband reflects on how NFP has allowed him to defend his wife’s virtue, body, and soul as well as to serve her as the kind of man and husband that he strives to be under the model of St. Joseph.

Anger and Sadness Turned Inside Out

Josh reflects on recognizing bits of himself and his wife in the Pixar film Inside Out. Adults, too, can relate to children’s movies!

Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Reflecting on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Tim Roder explains why the Church cannot recognize same-sex marriages (aka marriage redefinition). Marriage is more than “erotic or emotional satisfaction”; it is a life- and love-giving social structure and a divinely instituted sacrament.

In Dependence Dei

Tim recalls the sincere advice he and his wife gave to a newly married couple more than 10 years ago.

Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si, informs our relationship not only with the earth but also with each other. Read what he has to say about human ecology, the objectification of creation, and the “throwaway culture” – themes that also relate to marriage and family life.

Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Great marriages respect the love-giving and life-giving aspects of sex. In a reflection on the seventh chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare analyzes why the modern practice of contraception is harmful to God’s plan for married love.

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.

The Beauty of Complementarity and the Treasure of Marriage

Pope Francis urges the Puerto Rican bishops to continue their ministry to families and comments on the beauty of gender complementarity and marriage.

Watch Your Language

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

On Engagement

Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the time of engagement: a “journey” for man and woman to grow in love.

Sweet Nothings

Ways of giving and receiving affection in a marriage can become routine over time. But after 20 years together, Josh committed himself to finding a new and creative way of showing Stacey his love for her.

Blocks to Millennial Marriages

Emily Macke explores a shift in attitudes about marriage, particularly those of millennials, which seems to suggest that society doesn’t need marriage.

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