Allison Auth is wife and mother to 4 living in Denver, CO. She enjoys helping couples prepare for marriage as an online instructor for www.catholicmarriageprep.com. Before having a family, she was a youth minister and director of Confirmation and has a Catechetics degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She enjoys board games, hiking in the mountains, and a glass of red wine with good friends. You can contact her at allisonandnathan@catholicmarriageprep.com.

Striving to Forgive Like St. Maria Goretti

Striving to Forgive Like St. Maria Goretti

Last week we celebrated the feast of St. Maria Goretti, the youngest canonized Saint in the Church. A modern saint who died on July 6th, 1902 at the age of 11. Most people who have heard of her know that she died from being stabbed 14 times by an older boy who wanted to rape her. 

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Are You Opposed To Fertility Or Open To Life?

Are You Opposed To Fertility Or Open To Life?

In the marriage prep course, some couples try to tell us that our culture is not opposed to babies. And I think to myself, “Oh yea, then why do I get all the weird stares with a pregnant belly and 3 small kids in tow? It’s a regular thing for cashiers and strangers to tell me they don’t know how I do it.”

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Embracing the Joy of Parenthood

Embracing the Joy of Parenthood

The world now knows that my husband and I are expecting our 4th little blessing in December! From the moment we told our children we were having another baby, our oldest announced, “I’m going to name the baby “Baby Sweetheart.” And he faithfully prays for Baby Sweetheart each night and our family prayer time.

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Are We Married in Heaven?

Are We Married in Heaven?

I always giggle a little when a couple misunderstands the question on immorality in the online marriage prep course. It’s an understandable misinterpretation: the difference between immorality and immortality is a “t”. While we are asking about things are not-moral in marriage, some couples give us an explanation of how they think they are soul mates for eternity and their love is immortal.

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Fathers: You Are Not Interchangeable; You Are Irreplaceable

Fathers: You Are Not Interchangeable; You Are Irreplaceable

“Gender equality” is a hot phrase in today’s culture, right up there with “gender identity” and “gender fluidity.” The problem is, equality doesn’t mean to be exactly the same, and your bodily characteristics of male and female don’t change back and forth according to your mood.

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Budgets, Baby Gates, and Boundaries

Budgets, Baby Gates, and Boundaries

When our youngest learned to crawl, once he got the hang of it- he just took off. I used to be able to sit him on the floor with a few toys around him and check in on him every few minutes while I got things done around the house. I clearly remember the day when I set him down, got something out of the fridge, turned around, and he was gone.

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Why Does Mary Get to be the Perfect Mother?

Why Does Mary Get to be the Perfect Mother?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve long had a hang-up with perfectionism. And for a long time, I really struggled with Mary. It just didn’t seem fair to me that Jesus made his own mother perfect, but left the rest of us to struggle. Why couldn’t he have made the rest of us perfect, too?

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Learning from the Saints: Louis and Zélie Martin

Learning from the Saints: Louis and Zélie Martin

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Last week I wrote about parents being models of holiness for their children. We looked at a few saints and how their parent’s example had impacted them. This week I want to reflect on one particular family: The Martin family. 

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Need Parenting Advice? Look to the Parents of the Saints

Need Parenting Advice? Look to the Parents of the Saints

No, this is not a blog from a parenting expert telling you the proper way to discipline your children. This isn’t about discipline at all really but about example – after all, the word “discipline” comes from the word “disciple,” which means that we should set an example for our children.

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What to do with our wounds?

What to do with our wounds?

In our marriage prep course, one of the questions is, “Do you think your past could be a problem to your relationship?” And I am often surprised at the naivety of couples who simply reply “no,” because the last time I looked, we are all a little wounded. 

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