Tag: "marriage"

Marriage Mentors
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Marriage Mentors

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When a man and woman profess their vows and drive off with a “Just Married” banner, will they find enough service stations down the road to fill their relationship tank and fix what may break down? That’s the kind of question some experts are asking about the support—or lack of it—the Church and the Catholic […]

Destroyed Wedding Cake
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Pope Francis Tackles the Marriage Epidemic

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Much has been made of Catholics’ negativism toward Church teaching and practice on marriage as it was reflected in survey results released by several European bishops’ conferences and some U.S. dioceses. The mostly self-selected respondents predictably disagreed with the Church about many things, leading progressive Catholic media to claim this showed the need for change. […]

 Can I Have a Catholic Marriage if I’m Not a Virgin?
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Can I Have a Catholic Marriage if I’m Not a Virgin?

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Dear Anthony, I’m confused, and slightly worried. I recently read an article by a respected Catholic author talking about being married to the person you lose your virginity to, that it is a fact the Bible teaches, and that those who marry someone else are not really married in the eyes of God. It was […]

Getting Better All the Time
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Getting Better All the Time

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If a Catholic man needs several years of theological training to become a priest, does it make sense for a Catholic couple to get married with only a day of formal preparation? Both Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony are vocations and lifelong commitments. Both are sacraments. Both the priest and the spouses are called to […]

Don't Let Money Be a Marriage-Killer
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Don’t Let Money Be a Marriage-Killer

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Money troubles are a leading cause of divorce, and studies show that the more frequently couples argue over money the more likely the marriage is to fall apart. So how can couples avoid this marriage-killer? To start with, forget the idea of my money vs. your money, or his money vs. her money. That kind […]

Church of England Affirms Sanctity of Marriage
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Church of England Affirms Sanctity of Marriage

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In a surprise move, the main governing body of the Church of England has rejected proposals to create a “blessing” ceremony for same-sex “weddings.” In a guidance issued Saturday on same-sex “marriage,” the House of Bishops also said it “is not willing for those who are in a same sex marriage to be ordained to […]

Are Children a Burden or a Blessing?
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Are Children a Burden or a Blessing?

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Modernity isn’t sure whether children are a burden or a blessing. The percentage of childless couples in the U.S. has nearly doubled since 1980. The cover of Time magazine recently bragged that increasing numbers of couples are remaining childless by choice, because they subscribe to the philosophy that having it all means not having children. Let’s face […]

Some Dreams are Nightmares
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Some Dreams are Nightmares

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Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health … [because] this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and […]

 John Paul II, Champion of Marriage
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John Paul II, Champion of Marriage

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All of Rome is sold out for the end of this April.  St. Peter’s Square, and every road around it will be jammed with people on Mercy Sunday (April 27, 2014).  On that day, Pope Francis will announce the canonization of the most beloved Pope of modern times, Pope John Paul II. Never has there […]

Movie Review: <em>Nebraska</em>
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Movie Review: Nebraska

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Nebraska–the latest offering from director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants)–is more of Payne’s unblinking look at the difficulty of human relationships and relatedness. Reminiscent of David Fincher’s The Straight Story, Nebraska is in the road trip film genre, a physical journey of an old man (an unbelievable performance by Bruce Dern) trying to set things […]

Book Review: <i>101 Tips for a Happier Marriage</i>
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Book Review: 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage

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I usually avoid marriage-help books like the plague because, in general, I find them far removed from the reality of married life. “Theology of the Body” is beautiful and the ideal, but at least in my sixteen years of experience, has relatively little to do with the ins and outs of getting up every day, […]

Silence - Finger Over Mouth
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Bloodless Persecution

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10 steps to coerce Christians to abandon their beliefs.

Spice Up Your Advent with “Driveway Dating”
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Spice Up Your Advent with “Driveway Dating”

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It’s that time of year again. It always seems to creep up on me, no matter how much I think I’m prepared. We had a peaceful start: we set up the Advent tree and wreath, and have even managed to start most mornings off with prayer and lighting the wreath. But I know that even […]

Judge’s Ruling Puts Polygamy on the Way to Legal Recognition
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Judge’s Ruling Puts Polygamy on the Way to Legal Recognition

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A federal judge may have put polygamy on its first step to legal recognition, striking down part of a Utah law that criminalized plural marriage. The lawsuit was brought by Kody Brown, star of the TLC reality series Sister Wives. Brown lives with Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, and their brood of 17 children. However, […]

Croatia Upholds Marriage, Despite Government Threats
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Croatia Upholds Marriage, Despite Government Threats

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Croatians cast their ballots last Sunday and the result was swift and clear: 66% voted to add marriage is a “union between a man and a woman” in Croatia’s constitution. Government officials were unhappy, and called the marriage referendum divisive, discriminatory, and a waste of money. Reports of officials intimidating supporters leaked in the weeks […]

This is My Calling, This is My Vocation
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This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

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I am a conundrum: a rather outmoded sort of woman, ridiculed by modern career women, vilified by the earth’s prophets of doom and sanctified by the religious right. I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children. I had never even held a baby before my first born.You would think having nine children would have […]

<em>The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning</em>: I Hate NFP, But I Love This Book
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The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: I Hate NFP, But I Love This Book

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Can I be honest here for a sec? This is a review about a book about NFP –Natural Family Planning- and in the interest of disclosure, I feel like I need to tell you something up front – I hate NFP. My husband hates NFP. Hate. It. Oh, but the bluebirds of sunshine say, think […]

Why We Can't Save Marriage in Five Easy Steps
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Why We Can’t Save Marriage in Five Easy Steps

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The way to save marriage isn’t by new laws, but new hearts.

Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: Interviewing Simcha Fisher
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Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: Interviewing Simcha Fisher

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Simcha Fisher’s book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, is still sitting pretty in the Top 10 on Amazon’s list of Catholic books. The incredible interest in the book isn’t surprising since frank, balanced conversations about natural family planning –- the only method of spacing children approved by the Catholic Church –- are desperately […]

A Singular Vocation
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A Singular Vocation

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When my fiancé and I were still just dating, we approached our priest and spiritual director and asked him how we might discern if we were called to marriage together. He leaned back in his chair and said, “You have to know how to pray, and what to ask when you pray.” Father went on […]

Let Us be Close to all Families, Especially Those In Difficulty
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Let Us be Close to all Families, Especially Those In Difficulty

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“The family is a community of life with its own consistency. It is not the sum of the persons by whom it is constituted, but rather a ‘community of persons’”, said Pope Francis, quoting Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical “Familiaris consortio,” in an address to participants in the twenty-first plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council […]

You Will Get Pregnant and Die: Four Better Reasons to Wait
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You Will Get Pregnant and Die: Four Better Reasons to Wait

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It’s not hard to make an argument for chastity. After all, STDs are terrifying and unplanned pregnancies aren’t ideal. And there are the statistics that show increased depression in sexually active teens and increased rates of divorce among those who had multiple sexual partners. But if you’ve ever been in love, you know that scare […]

A Man's Job
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A Man’s Job

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A founding principle of the Knights of Columbus was to help men protect their families from financial ruin should disaster strike the husband and father. As the son of a woman who was widowed with four children ages 5-15, and a member of the Order, I support this work. Yet a husband’s job goes far […]

Marriage, Holy Matrimony, and Hylemorphism
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Marriage, Holy Matrimony, and Hylemorphism

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In my previous article, I discussed marriage, Holy Matrimony, catechesis, and the call of Catholic couples to live their marriage as a sacrament and a sign of contradiction. A part of that witness is in taking up our own crosses daily by making the small and sometimes even the big sacrifices for our spouses (and our children […]

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