Posts Tagged ‘marriage’
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes grace as the “free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God.” My husband, Frank, and I have experienced God’s “undeserved help,” as we have wrestled with His plan for our family. We now know it was God’s grace […]
While dating or engaged, it is exciting to look ahead to your future family. It is also important, however, to look at your families of origin, or the family you grew up in. Our experiences from our childhood, our relationships with parents and siblings, our cultural heritage and traditions, and our family practices all greatly […]
Pope Francis speaks of a number of difficulties that face the family in the effort to balance family life and work. He reminds us what our true priorities should be oriented toward: the family.
The Lord has a vocation for each of us. Pope Francis encourages the youth and everyone to search out their vocation and to say “yes” forever.
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is coming up! (July 20-26) 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.
As preparations continue for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in October 2014, Emily Macke discusses the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the preparatory document for the Synod that addresses the Bishops’ concern for marriage and family life.
Remember that your marriage is a covenant that involves God, husband and wife. Give thanks daily.
As Mary Jo looks at memories from her own family, she reflects on her family as a Domestic Church and the responsibility that comes with a family name.
Pope Francis described the Beatitudes as a “program for holiness.” This series examines how the Beatitudes can serve as a program for holiness in our marriages and families.
(Reader’s Tip) Spend time every day thinking of reasons you love your spouse. You’ll never struggle to remember why you married him or her.
Is marriage about finding your “other half”? Tim and Donna use mathematics and hummus to discuss what it means to be whole, as a person and a couple.
(Reader’s Tip) Choose your battles. Every little thing isn’t worth an argument.
Are you sending a card to a new bride and groom? Include your favorite tip for a happy marriage—it can be serious, humorous or thought-provoking.
Do you tend to talk more than listen? Just for today, try to listen to your spouse as much as you talk to them.
Scripture tells us to “humbly regard others as more important than yourselves” (Phil 2:3). What act of humility can you practice in your marriage today?
At times, we all need our space. Do you and your spouse have a place where you can each go for some alone time?
Grandparents enrich the life of their families. They should be cherished, not merely tolerated (Follow the Way of Love). What have you learned about marriage from an older family member?
Parenting can feel all-consuming, especially if you have young children. Periodically take time to visit a friend, renew a hobby and, especially, reconnect with your spouse. You will feel refreshed and more responsive to your children.
“All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer.” (Acts 1:14) Plan to spend time praying with your spouse today. Prayer builds marital unity.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. reflects on the theme of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Could watching movies help prevent divorce? A recent study shows the positive effects that discussing the relationships that are portrayed in film can have on one’s own relationship.
Even before I knew it by name, I have always believed chivalry to be very important. When I was a teenager, it was on my list of characteristics and qualities that I found particularly appealing in boys. This might sound crazy, but “yes,” I really did have a list, and I really did go over […]
I am a journalist and a convert. That sounds like an oxymoron. Two years after joining the Catholic Church, my wife and I began practicing Natural Family Planning (NFP). I found that the chastity required to get through the periods of abstinence caused profound changes in me. I stopped daydreaming of swimsuit models, wealth and […]
In an address to South African bishops, Pope Francis stressed the difficulties surrounding Christian marriage and family life and encouraged authentic witness to the truth of marriage.
Is social media helpful to relationships or harmful? This article looks more deeply into the effect social media is having on relationships today and our ability to communicate with others.