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 ;-). Read more

“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 married his best friend.  As nice at it may seem, a man should not marry his best friend. He should marry his wife, who should… 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

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 want to offer a few thoughts because as a full-time marriage and family minister who has written more than 20 books promoting the Catholic vision… 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 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… Read more

What’s the #1 Thing Stressed Out Kids Need to Feel Better? (Infographic)

H/T Stress Better Take a look at this revealing infographic based on a survey of almost 1000, 9-13 year-olds about both what stresses them out and what they do to de-stress.  I’ll have a few comments below.     To highlight a few points, I thought it was striking that only 22% of kids talk to their parents about their stress but 75% would like to be able to rely on their parents more to help them cope.  In my… Read more

Turn Your Marriage Around with this 1 Important Habit

In my new book, When Divorce is Not an Option:  How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love,  I reveal the research that describes the 8 basic habits that separate happy couples from unhappy ones.  Happy couples aren’t so much lucky or born to be happy, they cultivate certain habits that any couple can learn. One of those habits I call “emotional rapport and benevolence.”  In other words, happy couples make a point of stepping outside of their comfort… Read more

Neuroscience Proves “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear.”

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear (1 Jn. 4:18). Perfect love may remove all fear, but a new study of the brain finds that even the hint of love is enough to begin to calm the fearful brain. Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain’s response to threat, new research has found. The study discovered that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and… 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 Faith Below 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, Archbishop Charles… Read more

Big Announcement #1: You CAN Balance Baby, Marriage, Family, & Your Needs–Here’s How!

We mentioned a few big announcements this week. The first is the launch of my latest book with my wife and co-host of More2Life Radio, Lisa Popcak titled, Then Comes Baby:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First 3 Years of Parenthood.   The biggest parenting question we get is, “How can I balance it all?  How can I attend to  baby’s needs without losing my mind or my marriage?”    Then Comes Baby:  The Catholic Guide… Read more

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