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Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Stations of the Cross is a revered Lenten tradition. Parish DRE Daniel Allen reflects on the Stations in light of the vocation of marriage and the realities of family life.


Pope Invites Families to Pray for Upcoming Extraordinary Synod

Pope Francis asks the families of the world to pray for two upcoming Synods on the family, as well as the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015.


Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Looking for Lenten resolutions to do with your spouse? Try these, inspired by Pope Francis!


The Joy of “Yes” Forever

On Valentine’s Day, Pope Francis met with engaged couples. He talked with them about overcoming the fear of “forever,” the challenge of living together as husband and wife, and the celebration of marriage.


Seven Day Virtual Marriage Retreat

Looking for a way to enrich your marriage? Take our seven day virtual retreat! Each day for seven days, set aside some time for prayer. Read about the theme for the day, reflect on a real-life marriage scenario, and think about ways to strengthen your own marriage. Even better, do the retreat together with your […]


Spousal Prayer: A Way to Marital Happiness

A trustworthy guide to the “why” and “how” of praying with your spouse.


The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

Parents and families play a crucial role in fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. One religious sister reflects on specific ways that her family formed her to hear and heed God’s call.


The Holy Family and All Families

In his address on Holy Family Sunday in December, Pope Francis said that in the example of the Holy Family, we are reminded of all who are suffering, including our own family members.


Tis the Season

Advent is here. Sara and Justin write about their efforts to truly celebrate Advent and not jump right into the Christmas season. They say small things matter: the Advent wreath and celebrating saints in Advent, for starters.


Celebrating Advent as a Family

Celebrating Advent as a Family

The Advent season this year begins Sunday, December 1st. How does your family celebrate Advent? Here is a list of time-honored traditions to prepare your hearts and home for the coming of the Christ Child.


Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home

In their new book, Tim and Sue Muldoon write that spirituality can be found “right in the messy midst” of home life. They encourage families to see their lives as a pilgrimage together, and they suggest reading Scripture together as a family as a way to foster each other’s faith.


Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead?

Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead?

During the month of November Catholics traditionally pray for deceased family members and friends. What do we believe these prayers can accomplish?


Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage

In this book, popular authors Greg and Lisa Popcak offer solid advice to newly-married couples. They cover topics such as conflict, sex, and prayer.


Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast is a good reminder of the power of the rosary: a simple, beautiful prayer that leads us to Jesus through Mary. Consider praying the rosary together with your spouse and children this October.


Saying “No” to Good Things (Part 2)

Last week Sara and Justin talked about saying “no” to good things. This week, they reflect on the relevance that concept has for the Catholic practice of fasting and/or making a sacrifice on Fridays.


Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home

Do you ever find yourself at a loss for words when the moment arrives to pray during a family gathering, for example, at Christmas or Easter dinner, after a child’s baptism or during an engagement party? If so, “Prayers for the Domestic Church” may be the resource you need.


Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

How many times have you heard the suggestion to pray together as a couple? But how do you actually going about doing something that can seem strange and awkward, at least at first? Here are some practical tips.


Retreat Day Six: Marriage is a Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth

Retreat Day Six: Marriage is a Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth

Breaking Open the Theme Each stage of marriage has its own joys and sorrows, opportunities and challenges. When understood in the light of Christ’s own journey, they can contribute to human growth and spiritual maturity. That is, a couple grows in holiness by journeying with Christ through the mystery of His life, death and Resurrection. […]


Retreat Day Three: Marriage is a Communion of Love and Life

Retreat Day Three: Marriage is a Communion of Love and Life

Breaking Open the Theme In creating man and woman for each other, God made marriage to be love-giving and life-giving. We call these two purposes or “ends” of marriage the unitive and the procreative. They are inseparably connected and are ordered to each other. The two purposes cannot be separated “without altering the couple’s spiritual […]


Retreat Day Two: Marriage is the Unique Union of a Man and a Woman

Retreat Day Two: Marriage is the Unique Union of a Man and a Woman

Breaking Open the Theme In the beginning, says Sacred Scripture, God created man and woman in his image, “male and female He created them” (Gn 1:27). In His wisdom, God planned that man and woman would be made “for each other”: “they are equal as persons…and complementary as masculine and feminine” (Catechism of the Catholic […]


Retreat Day Seven: Marriage is a School of Love and Gratitude

Retreat Day Seven: Marriage is a School of Love and Gratitude

Breaking Open the Theme As Adam recognized Eve as God’s gift to him, likewise spouses should recognize each other as God’s gift in their lives.  Through life’s journey, sometime a husband or wife may need to reflect on the gift of the other, especially when misunderstandings or difficulties arise. To remember how this person came […]


Retreat Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift

Retreat Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift

Breaking Open the Theme “Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, p. 1). The vocation to marriage is inscribed in the very nature […]


Retreat Day Four: Marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s Love

Retreat Day Four: Marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s Love

Breaking Open the Theme Jesus heals marriage and restores it to its original purity of permanent self-giving in one flesh. But the Lord does not stop there. Christ generously invites husband and wife to participate in His spousal love for his Church. Christian spouses are invited to model their love on God’s inner life and […]


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 […]


Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer

Prayer is essential to Christian life, and the Catholic tradition offers various ways to pray. Many Christians have benefited from contemplative prayer, which is less about saying things to God than listening to what God is saying to us.


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