Three Steps to a Simpler, Richer (and Saner) Summer

Three Steps to a Simpler, Richer (and Saner) Summer

A mother’s “minimum plan” makes for maximum benefits

comment | Posted May 20, 2015

Every year when our children were growing up, I used to feel ambushed by summer. As school came to an end and our regular schedule disappeared, it was a struggle to change gears and begin dealing with that familiar question: “I’m bored, Mom, what can I do?” Continue »


Pope Francis Speaks to Families

Pope Francis Speaks to Families

Wisdom the Pope Offers to the Modern Family

comment | Posted May 04, 2015

Few public figures in modern times have grasped the imagination of the world as Pope Francis has. His charm, his sincerity, and his ability to express profound concepts in a down-to-earth way have won him the respect and attention of millions. Continue »


The Family in God’s Plan

The Family in God’s Plan

The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society

comment | Posted Apr 25, 2015

The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life. Continue »


The Family in God’s Plan

The Family in God’s Plan

The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society

comment | Posted Mar 31, 2015

The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life. Continue »


We Can Work It Out

We Can Work It Out

Resolving Conflicts Constructively with Your Spouse

comment | Posted Mar 28, 2015

Think back to the last time you and your spouse had a disagreement. Were you both able to communicate your feelings and viewpoints, or did you end up in a shouting match? Continue »


How to Really Love Your Husband

How to Really Love Your Husband

Use an action plan to build your marriage.

comment | Posted Mar 12, 2015

Love letters, diamonds, chocolates, dinners for two, passionate embraces—none of us has any problem coming up with a short list of traditionally romantic ways to express love. But what about life’s ordinary seasons? How do you keep telling your spouse “I love you” when the gift budget is empty and you’re feeling more tired and preoccupied than starry-eyed? Continue »


A Far-Out Crazy Idea for Couples during Lent

A Far-Out Crazy Idea for Couples during Lent

During Lent, sit down together for an hour or so, the two of you, husband and wife, read a passage from Scripture, and talk about it.

comment | Posted Feb 24, 2015

A survey of American Catholic couples by the Lenawee Center for Pastoral Research at St. Andrew’s University of the Ozarks found that less than two percent of husbands and wives ever read and discuss the Bible together. Continue »


Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home

How to set a tone of loving service in your family.

comment | Posted Feb 14, 2015

It’s not a biblical saying. And if it’s taken to mean that only the people closest to us have a claim on our care, it’s not even a Christian idea. Continue »


Wounds of Spouses and Peers

Wounds of Spouses and Peers

Forgiveness sets us free and opens the way to healing.

comment | Posted Jan 27, 2015

Our woundedness may come from anyone, most frequently from spouses or peers. No matter what the source, unforgiveness of any kind will block intimacy with the Father, for Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Continue »


A Juggling Act

A Juggling Act

Finding Balance in Our Lives Requires a Relationship with God

comment | Posted Jan 15, 2015

Work, household chores, church commitments, school projects, and sports practices! How many nights do you fall into bed feeling as if you were in motion all day without a moment to take a deep breath? Unfortunately, the sensation of being caught in a daily whirlpool, forcefully spun around, is all too commonplace. Continue »


Take Time for Advent Family Prayer!

Take Time for Advent Family Prayer!

These practical, realistic suggestions will show you how.

comment | Posted Nov 30, 2014

“Family” and “prayer” belong together. After all, as the Second Vatican Council taught, our families are the “domestic church.” Continue »


Persistent Prayer

Persistent Prayer

We should never give up hope.

comment | Posted Oct 09, 2014

I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1) Continue »


Mending the Wounds of Divorce

Mending the Wounds of Divorce

He wants to heal us

comment | Posted Oct 06, 2014

"What God has joined together, no human being must separate" (Mark 10:9). These words can sound harsh to us, especially if we have been through a divorce or if a family member or close friend is part of a wounded or broken marriage. Continue »


Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Meet three New Testament families who lived the Easter miracle.

comment | Posted Jun 24, 2014

Everybody has dreams, goals, and priorities. But the message of Easter is that the greatest goal we can have is to live in the power of the Holy Spirit and be witnesses to the gospel, first right in our homes and then to others—even to the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Continue »


Celebrate Easter’s 50 Days

Celebrate Easter’s 50 Days

Suggestions for Celebrating the Easter Season

comment | Posted Apr 23, 2014

Easter is the most important feast of the Christian year—so important that the Church sets aside a seven-week season to rejoice in Christ’s victory over sin and death. How can a family sustain this "Easter spirit" of celebration all the way to Pentecost? Continue »


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