A Love That Is Lifelong

A Love That Is Lifelong

comment | Posted Aug 24, 2015

We honor Augustine of Hippo as one of the great saints of the Church. Aside from the biblical authors, he is the writer most often cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It was he who laid theological foundations for the Church’s doctrine of marriage, and it was he who gave moral thinkers a vocabulary for the discussion of sexual ethics. Continue »


Playing on an Interfaith Team

Playing on an Interfaith Team

When Dad and Mom Are on Different Paths . . .

comment | Posted Aug 10, 2015

It would be great if husbands and wives were always at the same place along the same spiritual path, but life is often much more complicated. Ecumenical, or “mixed” marriages have become commonplace, and even couples who are both Catholic can find themselves growing apart spiritually. Continue »


Pope Francis’ Words of Wisdom to the Modern Family

In the following selections from his homilies and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »


Sharing the Faith That You Love

Sharing the Faith That You Love

How can all of us, everyday people who have no special training, become zealous evangelists?

comment | Posted Jul 18, 2015

In their recent book "Sharing the Faith That You Love", popular Catholic authors and evangelists John and Therese Boucher share episodes from their own lives that illustrate how God works in us and through us when we open ourselves to his grace and to the leadings of his Spirit: Continue »


Celebrate Independence Day as a Family

“Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) Continue »


Husbands, Love Your Wives!

Husbands, Love Your Wives!

comment | Posted Jun 20, 2015

While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Joe and his wife, Julie, listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that each of you know what things are important to your spouse.” Continue »


Praying for Our Families with Confidence

Praying for Our Families with Confidence

The Lord wants our children in his family even more than we do.

comment | Posted Jun 04, 2015

I typically conclude my daily morning prayer with intercessions. I take about ten minutes to pray for family, friends, the sick, people who have asked me for prayer, and people that the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention. I entrust each person to the care of the Lord, who knows better than I do what each one needs most. I regard this intercessory prayer as part of my commitment as a follower of Christ. I see it as way of drawing others close to the Lord, which is my responsibility as his disciple. Continue »


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 »


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