Marriage

Love and… Responsibility?

It is routinely pointed out that about half of all marriages end in divorce. But what is not often discussed is the other half of the equation: the marriages that don’t break up. Are those marriages thriving? Do married couples that stay together feel truly close to one another? Do they achieve true, lasting, personal intimacy? The picture on this […]

The Marriage Minute

Marriage: The Union of One Woman and One Man

This is a Marriage Minute from Integrated Catholic Life with Mike Carlton. Use the player to listen to listen or download the mp3 audio file. Have you been to a wedding and quietly wondered how long the marriage would last?  Sounds like a terrible thought on such a wonderful occasion, but these days divorce rates are high. What makes a good […]

Promises God Didn’t Make

There’s a danger in the Sunday readings this weekend. In both the second reading and the Gospel, we hear the promise that we will be given whatever we ask. If we read the verses out of context, however, we end up with a dangerous concept of God that can be compared to a vending machine. I was recently looking over […]

Four Critical Principles for Catholic Fathers

St. Joseph and the Christ-Child, Belmont Abbey

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” (Pope St. John XXIII) I often feel completely lost and befuddled as a Catholic father in today’s world. How do I set the right example? How do I help my sons grow up with a strong Catholic faith? How do I prepare them […]

Confidential to Wives and Mothers: Going ABOVE and BEYOND

Marriage: The Union of One Woman and One Man

I’m pretty shocked at the number of women I’m talking to these days who find it an intrusion to cook every day for their families. I’ve noticed this a lot lately in real life, and then today again in an online group I am in of faithful, committed Catholics, no less. There’s a thread in that group about a wife […]

Fighting Our Own Indifference

St. Michael the Archangel

Do you ever feel numb or helpless because of all the problems the world faces each day? One only has to watch the news or follow the events of the day online to feel completely overwhelmed. Some of the challenges facing the world include ever-increasing threats to our Catholic faith. The Church is being accosted on all sides and the culture […]

Setting Others Free to Love

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

When I was younger I was overly sensitive in my dealings with others. This hypersensitivity caused me to become offended easily and to refuse to show love to anyone I felt slighted by. Needless to say, this attitude brought about only more pain and it was only once I discovered that I was at fault in these perceived issues that […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint John Paul II

Pope St. John Paul II

“According to the plan of God, marriage is the foundation of the wider community of the family, since the very institution of marriage and conjugal love are ordained to the procreation and education of children, in whom they find their crowning.”  (Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris consortio #14, Apostolic Exhortation, 22 November 1981) The Optional Memorial of St. John […]