Ways to Pray As A Couple

Ways to Pray As A Couple

I am so excited about today’s blog, as I’ve asked all the online instructors for their input on how to pray during the day and as a couple! Together, there’s easily over a century of marriage experience. Most of these couples have been married longer than I have, and I really value their advice and experience!

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Talismanic Words

Talismanic Words

This was an ingenious phrase that a good friend reminded me of in recent days. I first came across it when I read the extremely helpful booklet: Preferential Option for the Family which you can download for free here  

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The Reality of Sin and Grace in 750 words

The Reality of Sin and Grace in 750 words

One of the most surprising –and quite frankly, disturbing- things I have learned since being an online marriage prep instructor is how many Catholics don’t actually know what a Sacrament is. They have been raised Catholic and sadly for one reason or another, they have not grasped the beauty of what grace is all about.

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Down Time!

Down Time!

Yes, the school and university vacation times are upon us and hopefully for most of us [however humble the means] this period of recess can provide some opportunity for us as families to rest and recreate; to revive the drooping spirit, so to speak and get some refreshment of soul, mind and body. “Come away and rest a while” said the Lord to his disciples. 

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Why It’s Good That Opposites Attract

Why It’s Good That Opposites Attract

Last month I went to a conference where I heard a talk on the four temperaments by Larraine Bennett, author of “The Temperament God Gave You.” I had read about them in college and found them to be very beneficial to understanding myself, and my relationship to others around me. 

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Bearing the Cross of Infertility

Bearing the Cross of Infertility

A few weeks ago I was sitting with a group of friends. One was crying and sharing about her miscarriage earlier that week. It was her fourth one. Another had gone to the doctor earlier that week to see why she was having trouble conceiving again. One mom wasn’t with us because she was suffering a miscarriage that weekend. 

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Exploring the Depths of Love

Exploring the Depths of Love

There is beautiful scene from the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin where the father of the leading lady offers her some tender but challenging advice on measuring authentic love: He says; ‘Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision.

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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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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

I love July not just because it’s yet another reminder of Summer –despite the weather so far here in Britain- but because it is the month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Christ. An extra moment as it were in our cycle of prayer and worship to think, reflect and ponder again on the immeasurable sacrifice that Jesus paid for each and every one of us by His death on the Cross. 

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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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