Pope Francis and Catholic Rabbits–5 Points to Consider

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Pope Francis raised more than a few eyebrows yesterday when he said, "Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits - but no."  Pope Francis assertedthat the church counsels "responsible parenthood"  a phrase referenced in several Church documents, including Humanae Vitae, Familiaris Consortio, and St. John Paul II's Letter to Families.Doubling down, Pope Francis went on to recount the story of a woman he knows who doctors s … [Read more...]

Are YOU Humble? New Study Identifies the Truth About Humble People

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It might seem strange to think that people would study humility, but positive psychology (the branch of psychology that studies well-being) is interested in fostering virtue as an important part of leadinga happy and healthy life.  This is one of the first studies, however, looking at what, exactly humility is and how it benefits us. Hardy's analysis found two clusters of traits that people use to explain humility. Traits in the first cluster come from the social realm: Sincere, honest, … [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 to learn more! … [Read more...]

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

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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 marriage care so that you can feel your best in every part of your life even in those challenging first few months after the birth of your little one.The book is di … [Read more...]

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT #2: Lisa and I Are Speaking at the 2015 World Meeting of Families


Lisa and I have been invited to present at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next Sept.   We'll be presenting on the topic, See How They Love One Another:  The Family and the FaithBelow is the official announcement from WMOF.World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Opens Registration and Announces Keynote Speakers & Content Baltimore, MD (November 10, 2014) – In remarks offered today at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fall Assembly, Archbish … [Read more...]

HUGE NEWS: Pope Hosts Conference on Marriage as Union of 1 Man & 1 Woman

H/T CatholicVote. Big news, just announced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Rome, November 3rd, 2014. On November 17-19, 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Vatican City, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the subject of theComplementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. It is a global, in … [Read more...]

THEN COMES BABY: A Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First 3 Years of Parenthood—RELEASED TODAY!!!


Lisa and I have a lot to celebrate, we're already getting tremendous feedback about how When Divorce is Not an Option:  How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love is changing lives.  But today, we're proud to announce our newest arrival!Then Comes Baby: A Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First 3 Years of Parenthood was just officially released by Ave Maria Press TODAY!!!     This is a book about finding that balance between baby-bonding, mommy-care, marr … [Read more...]

When a Father Leads: Marian Consecration P. 2 –Guest Blog by Dave McClow

Dave McClow is a pastoral counseling associate with the Pastoral Solutions Institute.How did Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades lead at least 12,000 Catholics in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, in the Marian consecration as part of the New Evangelization effort?In Part 1 I covered the “what” of the consecration and its rich insights from four saints.  If you remember, the consecration started with one woman in the diocese named Ida List.  Ida had made the consecration several times an … [Read more...]