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The Main Event: The Wedding Liturgy

While wedding trends focus on the details of the wedding reception, the Church focuses on the details of the Nuptial Mass! Newly married Brooke writes about the readings and music she and her husband chose for their wedding Mass and the ways it has deepened their spiritual lives.


Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood

Welcoming home a new baby is a joyful, although challenging, transition. With humor and honesty, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak offer practical and spiritual advice to new parents as they navigate through the earliest years of their child’s life.


Marriage, College Education Keys to Preventing Child Poverty

The Institute for Family Studies recently released a testimony by W. Bradford Wilcox, senior fellow of IFS, which explored the rising trend of child poverty and declining trend of couples marrying. Marriage “protects” children from poverty better than cohabitation and creates a more stable family life.


The Power of a Couple Holy Hour

For nearly every week of their married life, Kathleen and Troy have made a Holy Hour as a couple, even when physically separated by distance. Kathleen reflects on the abundance of graces she and her family have received through intentional time spent with our Lord in prayer.


Millennials Who Marry Before Having Children More Likely to Thrive Financially

“In general, Millennials who marry first are more likely to be on track to realizing the American Dream than those who put childbearing first.” A recent report released by the Institute for Family Studies and the American Enterprise Institute found that Millennials who earn at least a high school diploma, work a full time job, and get married before having children are financially better off than peers who do not follow this sequence.


Fathers and Daughters

When he walks his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, Dennis reminisces about her childhood and their memories together. He reflects on his role as father and the ways it has changed over the years.


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.


Do Married Parents Have Better Relationship Quality than Unmarried Parents?

A recent study from Social Science Research compared the relationship quality between new married and unmarried parents. The research suggests that married parents have a more stable relationship and higher relationship quality than unmarried parents.


Pope Encourages Priests to Support Married Couples

In a recent training session with parish priests, Pope Francis gave a speech about the importance of compassion and understanding in pastoral ministry to marriages and families.


World Family Map Shows Global Trends in Family Structures, Childbearing

The World Family Map is an annual report that compiles data from around the world to monitor the health of families worldwide. Focusing on factors affecting family structure, the WFM found varying numbers of cohabitating couples and children born outside of marriage, with the majority of children living with both parents.


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.


Study Finds Aggression More Likely In Cohabitating Couples

The Institute for Family Studies recently reported on two studies that explored the link between physical aggression and cohabitation in young adult couples. The studies found that cohabitating couples are more likely to experience aggression in their relationships than those who are married or dating and not living together.


Pope Calls for New Catechumenate for Marriage Preparation

In a recent audience with the Roman Rota, Pope Francis called for stronger and more effective marriage preparation for couples approaching the sacrament. He noted the difficulties of choosing to marry in today’s culture and emphasized the importance of the faithful in being present to married couples in the Church.


Nationwide Poll Finds Support for Monogamy in Marriage; Long Marriages Continue to Inspire

January 2017’s 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll surveyed over 1,000 Americans on their views of marriage. Results show that, overall, Americans are supportive of monogamy, working hard in marriage, and long-term marriages.


New Traditions

The holiday season is a time of nostalgia and traditions. Katie reflects on the traditions that shape who we are and the beauty of creating new traditions with her husband.


The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce

With honesty, warmth, and fidelity to the Church, Lisa Duffy offers a guidebook for divorced Catholics that includes her personal story, practical actions after divorce, and steps toward emotional and spiritual healing.


What is the Key to a Successful Marriage?

A recent study surveyed married couples about the most important factors in a successful marriage. The results showed that religious beliefs are seen as less integral to marital success than other aspects.


NFP: “Not Freaking Practical” at Times…but Worth It in the End

While it is a beautiful and fruitful way of life, practicing NFP in marriage is not always easy. Blogger Katie reflects on this particular struggle in her newly married life, with certainty that it will bring her and her husband to holiness.


Teaching the Beauty of “God’s Creative Design” of Marriage in the World Today

Pope Francis addressed members of the John Paul II Institute in Rome, exhorting them to use both their intelligence and compassion to bring the truth of God’s design for marriage to the Church and the world today.


The True Nature of Parental Love

Looking back on a summer pilgrimage to the Holy Land, blogger Stacey reflects on the depth of the love of God the Father for all His children and for each individual person.


Till Death Do Us Part

Marriage is a commitment that lasts for a lifetime, “till death do us part.” Through witnessing the grief and faith of a close friend, blogger Kathleen reflects on her own marriage vows and the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage.


A Happy Spouse May Make You Healthier

A recent study focused on the effect the happiness of a spouse has on a person’s health. Results found that a happy spouse positively affects the physical well-being on their significant other, resulting in a happier life together and better marriage.


Pope Francis: “Marriage is the Most Beautiful Thing God Created.”

During his recent apostolic journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Holy Father discussed the importance of faith within the family structure and some current threats against marriage. He exhorted married couples to be courageous and gentle with one another, especially when arguments arise.


Love for Love’s Sake

The first few months of marriage are both beautiful and difficult. Tommy talks about the sacrifices hidden in newlywed bliss and how the choices we make can help us to progress in loving the other for their own sake.


Is There a Connection Between Divorce and Religion?

A recent study found that children of divorced parents are less likely to identify as religious or regularly attend religious services. These results have important implications for Church ministries involved with engaged and married couples.


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