Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”? 1st in New CatholicMatch.com Video Series with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Check out the first in our brand new series of videos that Lisa and I did with CatholicMatch.com.  Here is the introduction to the first video on the question of male and female friendships by CatholicMatch.com editor, Robyn Lee.This past weekend I was chatting with one of my girlfriends about how excited I was to see one of my guy friends from high school. Her response surprised me, "I don't believe women and men can be friends."I was taken aback at first and responded defensively: "I … [Read more...]

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“You Make Me Sick!” The Surprising Ways Your Spouse May Be Undermining (or Helping) Your Health

Researchers consider it a well-establish fact that the quality of our relationships, in general, and our romantic relationships, in particular, wield huge influence over our physical health and well-being.  We know, for example, that people who are unhappy in their marriages are at significantly greater risk for disease than couples who are happy together.  What was less clear is the mechanism by which relationships impact our health.  But a new study finds that the degree to which you feel un … [Read more...]

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Pastoral Solutions Institute and CatholicMatch.com: 2 Great Things That Go Great Together

 I'm excited to announce that that Pastoral Solutions Institute will be working with CatholicMatch.com as part of our shared mission to help Catholics celebrate the life and relationships that God wants them to have. My wife, Lisa, and I will be hosting a soon-to-be-released video series for the CatholicMatch Institute on different aspects of what it takes to live life to the fullest and cultivate healthy, joyful, passionate, faith-filled marriages.  We'll  providing o … [Read more...]

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The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning (Part 2): Dealing with Frustration Continued

Before you read this, I hope you'll take a moment to read Part 1 in this series. The challenge of sexual frustration in NFP is a serious problem that deserves serious answers. Take a moment to read my original post that lays the groundwork for what follows.  I'll wait.Read it?  Great.   Let's continue.Oh, in that last piece I said I'd deal with medical concerns and extended fertility etc in Part II.  I see now that's going to have to be Part III.  That's written already, but I'll post it … [Read more...]

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Congrats Homely Guys! You CAN Still Get the Girl! (Just don’t break the rules.)

Good news for homely guys.  Research examining the first impression men make on women found that attractiveness matters less than socially responsible behavior.  According to PsychCentral...."A new study shows that a woman’s view of a man is influenced by how handsome and law-abiding he is. In other words, women will tolerate an unattractive man up to a point, but will have no problem shunning him if he misbehaves. For the study, researchers tested if and how levels of attractiveness and con … [Read more...]

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Your Cheatin’ Heart: This Risk Factor Doubles Chance of Infidelity

From The Science of Relationships In a recent study of about 300 college students, researchers wanted to find out if individuals are more or less likely to cheat as a function of whether their parents ever knocked boots with someone that wasn’t ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ (while married to mom or dad). Students were asked whether or not they had ever cheated on a romantic partner (30% said yes) as well as whether their mom or dad had ever cheated on their other parent (33% said yes, with dads slightly more l … [Read more...]

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Want to Bring the World to Christ? Strengthen Your Marriage!

People seem to think that working on their marriage is somehow self-serving or selfish. But the Theology of the Body reminds us that people aren't converted by words and concept and arguments. They are converted by an encounter with the love the comes from God's own heart--the free, total, faithful fruitful love Catholic couples are called to witness to in their dynamic, passionate, joyful, grace-filled marriage and family lives.  Couples don't have to be perfect, but if they are committed to … [Read more...]

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Life Changing Resources. Inspiration from Down Under

Sometimes the Holy Spirit sends a hug just when you need it most.  At the end of a VERY long week, Lisa and I just received this beautiful message from Down Under.  We thought we'd share it with you (after removing any identifying information) in the hopes that others might be inspired by this reader's experience and the resources offered through the Pastoral Solutions Institute.Dear Dr. Greg and Lisa,About eight months ago, I was randomly searching for a quality book online, I had no i … [Read more...]

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