The Communion of Love between a Husband and Wife Finds Its Ultimate Source in God
Let us turn our attention to a seemingly simple statement found in the opening pages of Scripture: “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Continue »
Quite a few years ago, St. Joseph came into my life in a new way. Not long before, I had taken the plunge from singlehood to married life, jumping into the deep end of the pool by marrying a widower with six children. I was hardly a natural for the role of stepmother (just ask the children!). Continue »
Married love is created by God to endure all things and never fail or end.
Marriages are more likely to thrive when both spouses keep mindful of certain paradoxes. A paradox is a statement that seems to contradict itself but is nonetheless true. Consider these two: Continue »
In the movie “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tevye asks his wife, Golde, “Do you love me?” She responds by listing some of the everyday services she performs for him. Continue »
Offer up your children to God and let Jesus do the “heavy lifting.”
It is never too early or too late to seek God’s wisdom about a [adult] son’s or daughter’s difficulties or needs. Continue »
Helping Your Child Succeed in Class and in Life
As the new school year begins, parenting magazines, chat rooms, and talk shows come alive with suggestions for success in the schoolroom. There’s enthusiasm, and often good advice, for parent-teacher teamwork, helping kids learn, believing in your child’s potential, and making this “the best school year ever.” Continue »
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 »
When Dad and Mom Are on Different Paths . . .
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 »
In the following selections from his homilies and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »
How can all of us, everyday people who have no special training, become zealous evangelists?
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 »
“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 »
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 »
The Lord wants our children in his family even more than we do.
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 »
A mother’s “minimum plan” makes for maximum benefits
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 »
Wisdom the Pope Offers to the Modern Family
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 »