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On orthodoxy

Orthodoxy is a multivalent term. It can refer in a more restricted or special sense to our brothers and sisters in the Eastern churches, and is often associated with particular […]

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Dave Rubin, the pelvic issues and Larry David

At the end of January, I was interviewed in Los Angeles by Dave Rubin for his popular program, “The Rubin Report”. Dave is a stand-up comedian, political satirist, protégé of […]

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What is appropriate wedding attire for church?

Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day, and every bridesmaid hopes to wear a dress that is both fashionable and flattering. Beauty, after all, is one of […]

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Family planning with benefits

How fertility awareness-based methods can enrich marriage Fertility awareness-based methods of family planning, commonly called Natural Family Planning or NFP, are those that teach couples to observe and interpret on […]

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Research from the Love Lab:

Pay attention to your spouse’s ‘bids’ Dr. John Gottman has been researching relationships for over 40 years. It started in the 1960s, when he and other social scientists were trying […]

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Building relationships of trust is at the heart of new diocesan marriage preparation program

When Mary-Rose Verret finally tracked down a married couple that she hoped would help her to coordinate a marriage preparation program at her Lafayette, La., parish, she was devastated by […]

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A Catholic wedding checklist

The informative website, www.foryourmarriage.org, offered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, presents a plethora of information on Church teachings concerning the sacrament of marriage and all that it […]

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions to the Office of Worship

My fiance is not Catholic. Should we have a Mass? Office of Worship: In order for a Catholic to marry a baptized non-Catholic, permission first must be obtained from the […]

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Leaning on God: the power of praying together

Did you know that studies show couples who pray together have stronger marriages than those who simply attend church together? Now, if you are like many engaged or married couples […]

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Best practices for happily ever after

There is a world of difference between a wedding homily and a funeral homily. At a wedding, the couple has the whole span of married “for better or worse, for […]

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Preparing for Marriage Taught Us What Is Most Beautiful About the Sacrament of Matrimony

The day after my fiancé and I got engaged, I set out to plan our wedding and began a long list of phone calls. One of the most important calls I […]

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God gives us the power of choice

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 5:17-37 The Book of Sirach, the source of this weekend’s first reading, is part of a collection of biblical writings that in their very […]