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Making Marriage Work

Making Marriage Work

With Pope Francis’ visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last month and the Synod on the Family that took place in Rome this month, there has been lots of talk about the importance of marriage and family. For those who are married, thinking about marriage, or struggling in their marriage, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a great online initiative called For Your Marriage that provides resources, support, and helpful articles about Catholic marriage.

One of their articles outlines the key components of what makes a marriage work. With so much talk recently about the need to strengthen marriage, this is a timely reminder to read and share:


What is the one indispensable ingredient for making marriages work? Family life educators usually answer: communication. This is good news, because effective communication can be learned. Skills such as active listening, using “I” statements, paying attention to my feelings and those of my spouse, and learning tips for “fighting fair” make marriage easier. Some couples use these skills intuitively because they saw them modeled in their own upbringing. Others can learn them through classes, workshops and reading.

Of course, the hardest part of communicating usually comes when there is disagreement between the two of you.

Commitment and Common Values

Some ingredients, if missing, can doom a relationship from the start. Two primary ones are commitment and common values.

Commitment bonds a couple together when you are tired, annoyed, or angry with each other. Sometimes, remembering your vows can prompt you to push past these problems and try to forgive and start again.

Common values are important. If you aren’t together on basic values such as children, honesty, fidelity, and putting family before work, no amount of learning or effort of the will can resolve the conflict. For example, constant tension will result if one spouse wants to live simply while the other wants life’s luxuries.

Read the rest at For Your Marriage.

Planned Parenthood Videos

Planned Parenthood Videos

Since mid-July, The Center for Medical Progress has released a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting and selling of organs from aborted babies. The Center for Medical Progress has released one video each week, and says there are 12 total in the series. These undercover videos have started a national discussion and have resulted in several state investigations into Planned Parenthood.

To make it easy for you to find, we have compiled the videos that have already been released, and we’ll post the new ones on this page as they are released.

Let us all pray for the sanctity of human life.

October 27th Video

September 15th Video

September 1st Video

August 25th Video

August 19th Video

August 12th Video

August 4th Video

July 20th Video

July 21st Video

July 14th Video

The full and unedited footage uploaded on July 14th

Halloween: The Real Story

Halloween: The Real Story

With Halloween coming up, many people see the day as a pagan holiday that celebrates death and the demonic. Some Catholics may be hesitant to let their children participate in such a holiday. However, Halloween actually has its roots in Catholic tradition. Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. has an article about The Catholic Origins of Halloween, where he writes:

We’ve all heard the allegations: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.

It’s true that the ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain celebrated a minor festival on October 31–as they did on the last day of most other months of the year. However, Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Solemnity of All Saints, or “All Hallows,” falls on November 1. The feast in honor of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on May 13, but Pope Gregory III (d. 741) moved it to November 1, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter’s at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere.

You can read the whole story at uCatholic.

For more discussion on this topic, listen to this Right Here, Right Now show from the archives, when Patrick Madrid addressed this topic.