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“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 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, […]


Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. A recent study conducted in various cultures around the world asked people to name the trait they desired most in a mate. For both sexes, people overwhelmingly wanted their mates to be kind. What does kindness in marriage look like?


Patience: Key to a Lasting Marriage

Patience: Key to a Lasting Marriage

When long-married couples are asked the recipe for marital success, many identify patience as a key ingredient. It’s the indispensable virtue for living together day after day in relative peace, without constant struggles to change the other to our liking.


Gratitude: Foundational for Marriage

Gratitude: Foundational for Marriage

As Thanksgiving approaches, we take time to think of the many people in our lives for whom we are grateful. How about starting with our spouse?


Play: A Virtue to Take Seriously

Play: A Virtue to Take Seriously

As summer begins, it’s good to remember that rest, relaxation, and even play can be helpful in a marriage. Play as a virtue? Of course! Whether we call it playfulness, a sense of humor, or a joyous spirit, this virtue can help a marriage over the rough spots and deepen intimacy. Here are some ideas for cultivating playfulness in your marriage.


The Christian Way to Be Happily Married

“We do not need to retreat to a monastery, convent or mountain cabin for prayer, fasting and a traditional contemplative life in order to become increasingly virtuous, Christ-like persons,” says the author, David Sanderlin. “We can become increasingly virtuous, Christ-like persons in our own home by acting with love, wisdom and other Christian virtues in our busy marriage and family life.”


Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness

Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness

Pride is a mortal enemy to love, and also to lasting marital happiness. The antidote is humility–an acceptance of who and what we are.


“Just” Friends

“Just” Friends

Couples often speak of the joy of having married their best friend. What does friendship in marriage look like and how can it be nurtured?


Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts in Marriage

Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts in Marriage

When we come to marriage we each bring our histories – healed or broken, reflected upon or repressed – to our life together. Our vocation is to help each other become fully human. This means finding a way to share hurts, to risk allowing the other person to know us so intimately that we are willing to open up old wounds and allow God to heal them through each other. Marriage at its best creates a safe space where healing and forgiveness can take place.


Perseverance: Love Never Ends

Perseverance: Love Never Ends

Every couple has times when they are disillusioned, angry, depressed, tired, or just plain ready to give up. Why do some couples persevere and others give up trying to make things work? Read about the three things that persevering couples have in common.


I Promise To Be True To You

I Promise To Be True To You

Fidelity is not easy, but it is possible with God’s help. Married life often presents trials, conflicting choices, a partner’s inattention or worse. Faithful love persists. Spouses lay down their lives for their beloved every day.

Learn more about the virtue of fidelity and what it looks like in real life.


The Courage to be Married

The Courage to be Married

It may not take courage to make a promise, but it can take a lot of courage to keep a promise. This is especially true for the promises we make on our wedding day.


Among the many blessings

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage.


Love and truth never abandon people

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: Love and truth never abandon [people] completely, because these are the vocation planted by God in the heart and mind of every human person (Pope Benedict XVI).


Virtue of the Month

Virtue of the Month

Over the past several years, as chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family Life, I’ve had the privilege of listening to many couples reflect on their marriage. Repeatedly, I’ve been struck by how many speak of their sense of helping each other to heaven. They instinctively grasp St. Paul’s call to “a still […]


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