For worse and for better: a husband writes of his young wife’s mental illness

Photo by Jeff Belmonte from Cuiabá, Brazil via Wikipedia  A friend posted this on FB yesterday. It should be required reading for everyone in love, everyone who’s engaged, everyone who plans to embark on a lifetime commitment to another. If you want to know what “for better and for worse” means, here it is.  It’s holding the [Read More...]

Laicized priest Thomas Williams speaks out on mandatory celibacy

From Kathy Schiffer’s blog:  “..My basic thought is that personal failures don’t necessarily mean that institutions like priestly celibacy are necessarily wrong-headed. The fact that many married people commit adultery shouldn’t call into question the validity of marriage as an essential social institution. We would often justify our personal wrongdoing by blaming an institution or [Read More...]

Reuters: meet the “father-priests” of the Philippines

Details: Every Sunday morning, dozens of Roman Catholics gather at a small chapel on an island in the central Philippines to listen to Father Jess Siva share his personal experiences as a priest, and as a parent. Siva, 54, has been celebrating Mass in the town of Lambunao for the past 15 years, giving communion, [Read More...]

Study finds more reasons to get and stay married

“Signing the Register” by Edmund Blair Leighton (U.S. Public Domain/Wikipedia) From The New York Times: A new economics paper has some old-fashioned advice for people navigating the stresses of life: Find a spouse who is also your best friend. Social scientists have long known that married people tend to be happier, but they debate whether [Read More...]

Bishop and minister preside over wedding for 2,000 couples in Brazil

From the BBC: Nearly 2,000 Brazilian couples have got married at an indoors sports venue in Rio de Janeiro, in the biggest mass wedding in the city’s history. The annual event, promoted by the local authorities, is aimed at helping low-income couples who cannot afford to pay for a wedding. The authorities in Rio booked [Read More...]

“God is more important than sex”: Couple abstained from sex for 19 months while waiting for annulments

In our pelvic-centric age, some would find this unthinkable. Read on, from The Catholic Sentinel in Portland: Steve and Shaina Purves don’t consider themselves heroic. They say they simply lived out what the church teaches — and it was fantastic. For 19 months after Shaina entered the Catholic Church, the civilly-wed couple refrained from sexual contact while [Read More...]

Homily for February 9, 2014: World Marriage Day

Last year, my wife and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary.  The waitress seemed impressed. She asked us, “What’s your secret?” I smiled and told her: “Patience.” Then my wife chimed in: “And prayer.” And now you know what it takes to be married to me. That explains why my [Read More...]

A young widow writes about being a young widow

Here’s a topic rarely brought up in Catholic circles.  This comes from Tammy Ruiz, a nurse and bereavement coordinator: What has genuinely surprised me (and the main reason I wanted to write on this topic) is the overbearing sense of expectations I perceive coming from others and how it really hurt me and complicated my [Read More...]

A groom on the morning of his wedding: “It will all be a gift”

This guy understands that finding the love of your life is an answer to a prayer:   So I’m getting married today. It’s about 1:00am and, as I imagine most soon-to-be grooms experience, I’m having trouble sleeping. In about thirteen hours, Jackie Francois will be walking down the aisle towards me—me, a bum from Florida. [Read More...]

Newly ordained married priest: “My new journey is just beginning”

Father George Sanders blesses his wife and children after his ordination. (photo: Bob Ocken, Arkansas Catholic) From Arkansas Catholic:  On his ordination day Aug. 3, Father George Sanders reflected on his journey that got him to Christ the King Church in Little Rock kneeling before Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. As the bishop laid hands on [Read More...]