Happy Couple Hosts Charity Event in Lieu of Reception


While I can't imagine that every couple would be able to do this, good for them.IT IS supposed to be the happiest day of your life.  And one Hampshire couple have chosen to spread their happiness by holding a charity event in place of their wedding reception.  After tying the knot at Southampton Register Office, on March 1, Louise Abbott and Ryan Hewitt, from Totton, will be holding a charity weekend at The White Horse, Netley Marsh.   The couple hope their big day will raise £4,000 for the R … [Read more...]

Husband Posts Wife’s AMAZING Tantrum on YouTube


Believe it or not, I encounter this kind of behavior in marriage therapy all the time.People seem to think that anger is the gift we give to other people, but it isn't.   Your anger is God's gift to you, not anyone else.  Anger is the emotional response to a perceived injustice.  The healthy response to anger is to (1) identify the trigger for the anger (2) take a few moments to pray and think about a possible solution to the problem  (3) only then approach your partner by leading with this s … [Read more...]

“Do We HAVE To?” Natural Family Planning and the Reluctant Couple


My latest article for the Couple to Couple League's Family Foundations magazine (What?  You don't subscribe?)  deals with those couples who come to Natural Family Planning with a less than open heart.  Here's a sneak peak.The Resentful Couple  Dr. Gregory K. Popcak There are a lot of couples who come to Natural Family Planning...reluctantly.  Even resentfully.  As more dioceses require NFP training, many couples approach their classes a little like a root canal, but with less enthu … [Read more...]

The Marriage Debate: What NOT to Do (and What TO do instead)

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There is really no way to put a smiley face on it.  Yesterday's SCOTUS decisions dealt a serious blow to the marriage movement.  The decision was not as catastrophic as it could have been.  One scenario had SCOTUS pulling a "Roe" and, by judicial fiat, granting a federal right to gay marriage in all 50 states.  As  I noted on the air yesterday, the decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 are the equivalent of having one's legs cut off instead of one's head.  Yes, one's better than the other, but neither is … [Read more...]

Why Knot: My Interview with OSV Newsmagazine


Mary DeTurris Poust featured me in  great piece on cohabitation v. marriage.  The main article is here.  Here's a little taste. Dr. Gregory Popcak, a psychotherapist who is the author of “For Better … Forever! A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage” (OSV, $14.95) and the host of “More2Life,” a nationally syndicated call-in radio advice show, said there are some obvious and basic differences between the commitment of marriage and the choice to cohabit. He referred to research by Dr. Scott Stanl … [Read more...]

“To Forgive My Father” Children of Divorce and the Parable of the Prodigal Son


Frank Weathers has a tremendously powerful post on his blog about how he came to forgive his father for the affair that ended his parents' marriage when he was five years old.  It is a truly inspirational story of the power of grace and the fruit of forgiveness.In reading Frank's reflection, I was reminded of Elizabeth Marquardt's important research on the spiritual lives of children of divorce.  One aspect of that research is that she found that adult children of divorce often have a very di … [Read more...]

COMING WED on MORE2LIFE RADIO: Marital Disputes that Divide (Plus Win a Free Book! Details below)


Coming Wednesday on More2Life--Marital Disputes that Divide:  The theology of the body reminds us that marriage is supposed to be both a reminder and the means of rebuilding the unity between man, woman and God.  Boy, do we have a lot of work to do!Today on M2L, we'll look at those areas where it's often difficult for husbands and wives to agree with one another and discuss strategies for creating harmony from frustration.Call in at 877-573-7825 from Noon-1 Eastern (11-Noon Central) with … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Scalia Blogs So I Don’t Have To…

I'm only here three days this week as my work week is bookended by a series of speaking engagements/conferences last weekend and next so my blogging will probably be lighter.  Fear not.  Our fearless leader has a powerful post on how family illiteracy leads to spiritual illiteracy.  Excellent stuff.  Here's a sample...In her excellent book How the West Really Lost God, Mary Eberstadt argues that the sharp decline in religious belief (and the waning influence of the churches) in the Western wo … [Read more...]