Ever say YES! enthusiasticallyÂ to something and then wonder, “What made me think I ought to agree to that request?!” When the lovely Southern Belle Mrs. Erin Franco came knocking on my door, asking me to chat onÂ The Right Heart podcast, I eagerly accepted her invitation. I didn’t think twice, even though we hadn’t yet decided … [Read more…]
June 26. My birthday. June 26. St. JosemarÃa EscrivÃ¡’s feast day. June 26. A landmark day for Supreme Court rulings on same-sex cases. June 26, 2003: the United States Supreme Court declared a Texas law unconstitutional that made it a crime for two persons of the same-sex to engage in intimate sexual conduct. June 26, … [Read more…]
â€œIt is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping.â€ I first read those words byÂ St. Frances of RomeÂ backÂ on March 9, her feast day. Depending on how you feel … [Read more…]
Marriage is a lot like a roller coaster, fun and exhilarating, but also full of twists and turns, loops and corkscrews. So how does a marriage survive while routinely being thrown off track?
Whatâ€™s one thing you can do to strengthen your marriage this summer, to lower the lap bar and fasten the seat belt so to speak? We share a few ideas; what are yours?
How would you answer this question … Outline a marriage preparation program for your parish. Explain what components you would like to include and why. Joel had to answer this very question for his sacramental theology course, and we thought it made good blog post material, too. It’s the topic of our latest column atÂ Catholic … [Read more…]
I learned to cook out of necessity. I was 34 when Lisa and I got married, so I would have starved otherwise. I had also found that women were usually impressed by men who could cook. Letâ€™s be honest here. Before we met, I was single in my early 30s with no prospects. Needless to say, I was getting desperate.
We were scheduled to lead a young couples event at a parish in eastern Iowa today. Weâ€™ve been defeated by the weather once again this winter and were not able to travel due to the snow. But all is not lost. We share with you, dear readers, a portion of our presentation titled â€œStrengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once Youâ€™re Dad and Mom: The Beatitudes of Healthy Marriages.â€ Please keep in mind the target audience was young married couples with one or more little ones at home.
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to read from 1 Corinthians for a friendâ€™s wedding. Iâ€™ve never really heard it or read it the same way since. Itâ€™s the standard to which we should hold ourselves, particularly as a married couple and parents. Itâ€™s a high standard, but so much depends upon how well we love. We directly impact the salvation of our spouses and children by how well we measure up to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. So, howâ€™s my lovely wife doing?