Category: Married Life

Catholic “Baby Machines”

Catholic “Baby Machines”

[ 6 ] March 26, AD 2014 |

We’ve all heard the comments. If you are the parents of more than 2.5 children or come from a family of more than 2.5 siblings, then you’ve heard something at some point in your life. It can be a nod and a wink with a sarcastic “You guys are busy”, as if having five children […]

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In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

[ 6 ] March 22, AD 2014 |

Simcha Fisher responded to my article. Simcha Fisher. I was thrilled to hear that I’d gotten the attention of Mrs. Fisher and that she had not only read my piece, but had decided that it was good enough – or bad enough – to merit a response on her part. After reading her response and […]

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Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

[ 3 ] March 17, AD 2014 |

My heart beat a bit faster as I struggled to sit comfortably on the couch I had carelessly reclined on so many times before.  My angst made the room where we met for marriage preparation seem smaller than I recalled.  The priest who was going to celebrate our marriage would be there shortly, and I […]

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Not A Game of Chance: What Marriage is Really All About

Not A Game of Chance: What Marriage is Really All About

[ 8 ] March 12, AD 2014 |

…the love my fiancé and I share is not human, it is divine. We love each other because we love God and we have discovered that in loving one another, we get to love God more fully…

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Growing In Love

Growing In Love

[ 4 ] March 7, AD 2014 |

It happens- opposites do attract. My husband and I knew that as soon as we started dating. He is a deep thinker – thoughtful, artistic, incredibly hard working – everything I am not. It was those differences that drew us together in the first place. A friend once told me not to worry about whether someone was my same temperament, […]

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Marriage as a Vocation

Marriage as a Vocation

[ 0 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

Following the continuation from What Evangelical Catholics Can Learn from Protestants… Protestants don’t typically acknowledge any of the Sacraments except for the older denominations. Though they have valid baptisms, which the Church recognizes, they do not participate in the other Sacraments. While their marriages are not sacramental, most Protestants still uphold the traditional view of marriage […]

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Not the Most Important Day

Not the Most Important Day

[ 0 ] January 27, AD 2014 |

There is a tendency among girls and women today to think that our wedding day will be the most important day in our lives. On the surface, that makes sense, especially when we consider that we are entering the Sacrament of Marriage. But when we look deeper we find that most girls think that is […]

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One Millennial’s Restlessness

One Millennial’s Restlessness

[ 3 ] January 8, AD 2014 |

Winter is a restless time of year for me. The cold days and dark nights can be depressing. I long for the warm days of summer filled with picnics, sports and other outdoor recreation. Sitting still in the house can make me feel restless. I want to go out and conquer the world, not just […]

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A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

[ 0 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

When I was a girl, Santa Claus always came while we were at Midnight Mass. It was one of my favorite traditions. We would get home around 1:00 am, the tree would be ablaze with lights and the presents were heaped in piles around it. It was years before I figured out how it was […]

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Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

[ 237 ] December 21, AD 2013 |

Last August, I wrote about why everyone should have kids. At several points in the combox, I was called out for being selfish. According to both troll and pleasant soul, the reasons I provided in said post were all about me. It got me thinking, perhaps I am guilty of such crimes? And so, here’s […]

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Does Jesus Love the Elf on the Shelf?: Five Ways to Celebrate the Sacred in the Secular

Does Jesus Love the Elf on the Shelf?: Five Ways to Celebrate the Sacred in the Secular

[ 4 ] December 10, AD 2013 |

We’re in the thick of the Christmas season, well, the secular Christmas season. We all know the Christmas season doesn’t start until after Christmas, right? That was a little obnoxious, but as Christians, some of us might be tempted to think we stand above the “secular” Christmas. Like, “Ugh, you buy your kids Christmas presents? […]

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Marriage Isn’t For You: A Response

Marriage Isn’t For You: A Response

[ 24 ] November 25, AD 2013 |

A few weeks ago, an article titled “Marriage Isn’t For You” popped up all over my newsfeed. Of course, I clicked because when I want to do something well, I read about it. We’re three years into our marriage and I still read every scrap of matrimonial advice I can lay my hands on, because, […]

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If the Church Is Boring or “Redundant”, Is Marriage Too?

If the Church Is Boring or “Redundant”, Is Marriage Too?

[ 3 ] November 20, AD 2013 |

The Catholic Church is often times accused of being too “redundant” and “religious”. Let me respond to this by offering a comparison analogous to marriage. When I was a newlywed (only five years ago) I often wondered when the buzz would wear off. It didn’t seem to for the longest time. See, newlywed is so […]

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Defining “Young Adult”

Defining “Young Adult”

[ 12 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

Who are considered the “young adults” in your community? Are they teenagers? Are they single twenty-somethings? Are they young professionals? Are they young mothers and fathers? It seems that one of the terms that is frequently used to describe a Catholic activity is “young adult.” Who is expected to attend these events? Recently, I attended […]

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An Interview with Simcha Fisher, Author of <em>The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning</em>

An Interview with Simcha Fisher, Author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

[ 13 ] November 8, AD 2013 |

Simcha Fisher’s book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, is still sitting pretty in the Top 10 on Amazon’s list of Catholic books. The incredible interest in the book isn’t surprising since frank, balanced conversations about natural family planning –- the only method of spacing children approved by the Catholic Church –- are desperately […]

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Denied the City

Denied the City

[ 4 ] November 4, AD 2013 |

But when sex is divorced from love there is a feeling that one has been stopped at the vestibule of the castle of pleasure; that the heart has been denied the city after crossing the bridge. Sadness and melancholy result from such a frustration of destiny, for it is the nature of man to be […]

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