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Marriage & Family Resource Articles

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Jack and Elizabeth (names have been changed) were engaged and living together when they asked me to marry them. They were a very sincere young couple who wanted a better understanding of their Catholic faith and help for living it out. In fact, during Jack’s first conversation with me, he expressed a desire to be confirmed before their wedding. More »

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?” More »

Some years ago, my life seemed perfect. I had a great job with excellent pay, an awesome family, a beautiful house, and loving and trusted friends. Then my husband’s company offered him a position in Denver, Colorado. More »

Women often struggle to answer the question, “Who am I beyond what I do for others?” In our culture, we identify ourselves by the roles we play: wife, working or stay-at-home mom, career woman, volunteer, friend, caregiver, and so forth. Yet a woman’s soul cries out for a deeper definition of self. More »

Every summer my Aunt Minnie planted a big garden and enlisted me to help water and weed it. As soon as the ground defrosted in western Pennsylvania, she scattered seeds that would yield beans, lettuce, pumpkins, and other vegetables. As summer approached, Aunt Minnie put in her tomatoes. More »

Dad had essentially been unemployed for about ten years. He had jobs here and there in our hometown of Stafford, England, but they never worked out. More »

Easter is the most important feast of the Christian year—so important that the church sets aside a full fifty days to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Not many of us are used to sustaining an “Easter spirit” of celebration all the way to Pentecost, though, so here are fifty easy suggestions. More »

A Lesson about Lent

In Minnesota, where I live, Lent comes at just the right time for penance. February and March are the dreariest months of the year. More »