Tag: "marriage"

Is Virginity at Marriage a Mistake?
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Is Virginity at Marriage a Mistake?

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In a column on Salon.com, Jessica Ciencin Henriquez – a fabulous writer, as far as I can tell – called her virginity at marriage a mistake. Wedding night sex was not what the church (nor the purity ring she wore) promised it would be. Neither was her marriage. Six months into it, Jessica wrote, “the […]

Gay "Marriage", Bigotry, and the Public Interest
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Gay “Marriage”, Bigotry, and the Public Interest

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For many people, human sexuality is completely disconnected from procreation.

Calling the Case for Early Marriage into Question
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Calling the Case for Early Marriage into Question

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I crack me up as I car-shop. I crack me up because I like the coupe but I think the sedan is smarter. This is because my current car has been my car for 10 years, which implies my next car could be my car for 10 years, too. If it is, I imagine (hope, […]

The Beauty of Worn Rings
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The Beauty of Worn Rings

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One Saturday not long ago, I was sitting in my living-room and Colin, my 5-year-old grandson, was on my lap. I don’t remember what we were doing — watching “Peppa Pig” on TV or reading a Dr. Seuss book or playing out another episode of “Good Guys vs. Bad Guys,” I’m sure. Colin grabbed my […]

The Phony Inevitability of Same-Sex Marraige
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The Phony Inevitability of Same-Sex Marraige

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Claims that something is inevitable are generally of two kinds. Sometimes the claim is simply a statement of fact (“Inevitably, the sun will rise tomorrow”). Other times it expresses a wish or perhaps a fear (“So-and-so is sure to be the next president of the United States”). The claim that same-sex marriage is inevitable in […]

Justice Anthony Kennedy
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Justice Kennedy’s “Demeaning” DOMA Ruling

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There are several sections of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning that I regard as unusually problematic.

Bad Breath: A Simple Gift Simply Returned
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Bad Breath: A Simple Gift Simply Returned

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“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  (Colossians 3:13) There is no Scripture verse that reads, “Fret not thyself because of morning breath; thy husband knoweth and doth also have it.” Too bad. For at least a month after our wedding, in […]

Christ in My Beloved: A Cop's Wife Counts Her Blessings
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Christ in My Beloved: A Cop’s Wife Counts Her Blessings

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For nearly two decades, I’ve been the wife of a police officer. Invariably, friends whose husbands do not require body armor to go to work ask how I cope with the inherent dangers of his job. They ask, as politely as possible, how I can live with the every-present possibility of being widowed and having […]

Why We Still Love Lucy
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Why We Still Love Lucy

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I’ve always watched I Love Lucy. Lately, though, I notice that there is something about it that speaks to me in a very personal way. It sort of tugs at me. I can’t say that the show takes me back to anything in particular because it isn’t from a time in my personal life; but, […]

Children Need Not See Parental Conflicts
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Children Need Not See Parental Conflicts

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From: Always the Bad Guy? My husband thinks it’s OK for our 12-year-old to get a Facebook page. I say absolutely not. She has heard us arguing about this issue and tries to jump into the conversation. Next thing I know, it’s me against them, which feels very unhealthy. I think we should present a unified front […]

Marriage is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
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Marriage is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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In my previous article I outlined a hypothetical and all too common scenario observed among young couples today. Decisions made early in their relationship can have an impact on their future marriage. How can we effectively help our young couples achieve happy, faithful, lifelong marriages? This quote by Arch Bishop Fulton Sheen bears deeper reflection, […]

Does Marriage Change People?
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Does Marriage Change People?

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“Marriage changes people, she’s different now” stated the young man speaking about his new wife.  “We lived together for two years, then suddenly”, claims the new husband, “the ring popped on and she changed?” Is she really different, I wonder? Did the marriage really change her? Many engaged couples I meet are already sexually active and […]

Real Talk for Engaged Couples
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Real Talk for Engaged Couples

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By the time this column is published, this author will have participated in the sacrament of marriage.  While I do not know what the future has in store for me, I do believe that the experiences I had in the past 14 months (our time of engagement) have been God preparing me for the married […]

Plan Ahead to Oppose Cohabitating
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Plan Ahead to Oppose Cohabitating

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To: Marybeth From: Opposed to cohabiting Can you offer any advice for my young adult daughters about why not to live with their boyfriends? I feel strongly that living together is to be saved for marriage, but it is hard for them to understand because “everyone is doing it” and they think I’m just old […]

Hope and Promise
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Hope and Promise

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When I first found it, I wasn’t even sure what it was. I was going through a trunk of personal items that had belonged to my dad when I ran across a little brown jewelry box. Dad passed away when I was just fifteen; I’d gathered an array of his possessions and kept them tucked […]

Is NFP Crazy?
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Is NFP Crazy?

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“You’re crazy.” Well, thanks for your kindness and tolerance in regards to my way of life. We hear a lot about tolerance and accepting others nowadays, but this is usually the response I get from people when I tell them that my husband and I don’t use contraception. Let me tell you, I love when […]

Social Media in the Marriage and the Family
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Social Media in the Marriage and the Family

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“I’m not that interested in ‘mass’ communications. I’m much more interested in what happens between this person and the one person watching. The space between the television set and that person who’s watching is very holy ground.” – Fred Rogers The traditional family unit has been negatively hit from so many directions in our world […]

Pres. Ronald Reagan
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Ronald Reagan: Same-Sex Marriage Advocate?

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Reagan was silent on same-sex marriage, as was everyone of his generation.

Marriage - 2 Sexes - 2 Persons
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Marriage: 2 Sexes? 2 Persons?

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The next step in the “Progressive” deconstruction of a fundamental institution of our society.

On Women Marrying Young
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On Women Marrying Young

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Did any of you catch the recent “Princeton mom” flap?  Princeton alumna Susan Patton, in an open letter to women attending Princeton, advised that they should find a husband in college–otherwise they’d wind up divorced from a not-very-smart man they’d meet later in life.  (Ouch!)  Then Kathleen Gerson fired back, countering that it’s objectively better for young women to marry later in life. And then Ross Douthat turned […]

Better Communication = Better Sex
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Better Communication = Better Sex

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Dustin, before we get started talking about the conjugal act of marital intercourse, why don’t you introduce yourself for a moment. Are you married? How many kids do you have? How do you bring home the bacon? What is Engaged Marriage? DR: Thanks for having me! I’m 33-year-old Midwestern who’s been married to my high […]

Outdoing Your Spouse
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Outdoing Your Spouse

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Do you ever feel competitive with your spouse? If you enjoy a friendly challenge involving word games, board games, or sports games, why not try a spiritual challenge based on advice from St. Paul? Although St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians contains his most well-known wisdom on love, his Letter to the Romans also teaches […]

Date Night for Parents
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Date Night for Parents

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To: Marybeth From: Dad is Desperate for a Date My husband says we should have “date nights” without our three kids, but free evenings are almost impossible to find. Our children’s schedules are full of school, sports and social activities that keep us coming and going, and when we finally choose date night, I’m either […]

Same-Sex Marriage Approval Ratings
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Same-Sex Marriage Approval Ratings

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Surprise! Approval of same-sex marriage has risen sharply among Americans in just a few years–according to one poll, from 41% in favor in 2004 to nearly 60% now. Surprise! Some surprise. The same media trumpeting this change lately worked hard to bring it about. Major sectors of the communication industry, both news and entertainment, have […]

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