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For Better or Worse: You’ll Be Surprised at These 4 Ways Marriage Changes You!

We all know that marriage changes us, but new research in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships looks at exactly how that process happens and the specific changes we can expect to see based on the way we respond to the ups and downs of married life.  According to the study, there are 4 ways couples [Read More...]

Parent Rx: Tantrums and Mass Behavior

My latest ParentRx Q&A Column from the upcoming issue of Tender Tidings. My five-year-old daughter still throws temper tantrums occasionally, which are usually triggered by not getting her way with something that seems rather trivial to us. Sometimes we have no idea what caused the tantrum, and have a hard time getting her to tell [Read More...]

Pope Francis & Pope Emeritus Benedict Agree on Annulments

From a recent interview with Pope Francis. The family is so beaten up, young people don´t get married. What´s the problem? When they finally come to get married, having already moved in together, we think it´s enough to offer them three talks to get them ready for marriage. But it´s not enough because the great [Read More...]

Feeling Blah? The Cure For Apathy.

The Catholic Almanac’s Emily Stimpson interviewed me for a piece in OSV  titled, Our Brother’s Keeper. Fighting Apathy.  Here’s a sample… Surveying the cultural landscape, a growing number of commentators have diagnosed Americans’ declining interest in political and community involvement as one of apathy. But that, said Dr. Gregory Popcak, executive director of CatholicCounselors.com, is just [Read More...]

Holy Sex in the Huffington Post

  My book, Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving got a mention in an article over at the Huffington Post.   “Sexier Religious Holidays:  11 Sugarplums of Wisdom.” Apparently, I am the 10th sugarplum (just as I always suspected ;-).

“My Sister, My Bride”–6 Reasons Why Catholics MUST Marry Their Best Friend

Taking a cue from the classic rom-com, When Harry Met Sally,  an article at RealClearReligion.com argues that husbands and wives should not expect to be each other’s best friend.   The author, Mark Judge, writes, “I married my best friend.”  You often hear this said, from new brides to celebrities. Even the President of the United States says he [Read More...]

In Praise of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving to all my loyal, Faith on the Couch readers.  I am grateful for all of you and your support of this ministry.  As regular readers know, giving thanks is good for every aspect of your health, life and relationships.  Here’s a great article that summarizes the benefits of gratitude with lots of links [Read More...]

What Douthat & Martin Miss: Reflections on the Ongoing Synod Discussion

NYT columnist, Ross Douthat,  and America Editor-at-Large, Fr. Jim Martin, are having a very interesting conversation about the fallout from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.  I applaud them on their civility, but I do think they are missing some important points. So Who Asked You, Anyway? Although they haven’t asked my opinion, I did [Read More...]

Then Comes Baby: Cute Baby Contest–Newborn to Six Months. Post Pics to WIN!!!

Babies, babies, babies!  We LOVE babies! Lisa’s and my new book, Then Comes Baby:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood celebrates every aspect of adding a new member to your family.  We cover everything you need to know about balancing baby care, mommy care, daddy care, and [Read More...]

Rely on the Truth and Fear Not My Brothers






St EphremI have always found much comfort in the Daily Mass readings as well as reflections from the saints. In recent months, with all the relentless attacks on Church, the confusion from the media and even some inside the Vatican during and after the Synod, as well as appointment changes in the Church hierarchy which have raised m...

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