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The Family: The First and Most Important School of Mercy

Addressing the Diplomatic Corps, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Church’s teaching regarding the family as the foundation of society on January 11, 2016.


My Funny Valentine

How do I love you? Dennis and Mary Jo count even the quirkiest ways! Read about how they find even each other’s quirks endearing – at least after a while.


A Welcoming Sacrament

Engaged couple Katie and Tommy share how their differences lead them to a closer union!


Why Forgive?

An exposé of the full spectrum of forgiveness, this book uncovers the power of healing even life’s most painful offenses.


Marriage: “A Reality that… Can Be Experienced by All the Baptized”

On January 22, 2016, Pope Francis spoke about the Church’s teaching on marriage not as “an ideal for the few” but as “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized.”


“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 One: With Mercy, God Goes First

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day One: With Mercy, God Goes First

Quote for reflection: “In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offenses becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” – Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, no. 9 Breaking open the theme: Perhaps one […]


“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, […]


The Shape of Love – Through the Years

Married love grows and changes, from the first joy of engagement to the happiness of a long marriage well-lived. Dennis writes about different “stages” of love in his own family.


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.


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