Not everything is fixable (God have mercy on us all)

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A caller once asked radio host Dr. Laura for advice about an impossible situation. I forget the details -- something about lots of children and lots of fathers, various addictions, various betrayals, and a family tree that was twisted and ingrown and diseased. Dr. Laura could not offer much hope to the caller, other than to point out that her story shows why it's so important not to have kids out of wedlock."But--" the caller protested.  "What if I can get my boyfriend to go to therapy?" Dr. … [Read more...]

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Up from Unity Candles

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My marriage is now an adult! It's eighteen years old as of yesterday.Here's a piece I wrote back in 2011, wherein I recount some of the ridiculous things that happened during our wedding ceremony, and how little they mattered. *** Here is a nice little explanation of what a Catholic wedding looks like, compared to what you might see on TV. No one “gives the bride away,” for instance, because a valid marriage requires that the bride and groom freely give themselves. Likewise, the priest … [Read more...]

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I just figured out why it was called “The Synod on the Family.”

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 I just figured out the entire Synod. Or at least, I figured out something about it! Maybe everyone else already knows this, and I'm just slow, but it kind of blew my mind.My husband and I were talking about people in really rotten marital situations -- say, a Catholic man in a valid marriage to a woman who reacted badly to the trials of life, and turned into a horrible person. When she began to abuse the kids, they got a civil divorce, and he found someone else, and they're really i … [Read more...]

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My Aleteia piece on the suffering faithful…

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  is spotlighted today:The Church is full of the obedient wounded. The flock who never strayed have troubles of their own, and some of these troubles come directly from original sin, the effects of which no doctrinal development, pastoral compassion, or rigorously trained professional can completely undo. Poor family, they need to hear that their sorrows are known to God and to the Church. That the cross still hangs there above the altar because it must be faced, sooner or … [Read more...]

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Married to an angry man: An open letter to the Synod Fathers (GUEST POST)

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This is a guest post written by the friend of a friend. The writer goes by Monica More, which is a pseudonym. I have bolded some passages for emphasis. Priests, especially, please take heed.  Dear Synod Fathers, Thank you for your prayerful consideration of how the Church can offer better pastoral care to a world in which so many families are broken, and in which so many have lost sight of the true nature of marriage. I wish to offer my voice as a reminder … [Read more...]

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Everybody knows the Church will change. (Everybody is wrong.)

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 Many Catholics believe the Synod on the Family will drive home the final nail in the coffin of orthodoxy. They believe that, when the Synod is over, from that coffin will emerge some hideous new zombie Church, which progressive Pope Francis will envelop in one of his famous Marxist hugs. Together, Frankie and Zombie will personally cater all the gay weddings they can find, and couples who have three or more annulments under their belts can claim a discount on renting the Sistine Cha … [Read more...]

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How about post-Cana counseling?

These cats are basically compatible and have more or less the same goals, but their relationship could still use some support.

 For many young couples, their main problem is that they simply don't have any Catholic friends or family, and no one will know what they're talking about if they are struggling with family planning, or educational choices, or how to maintain a family prayer life. What's missing is not classes or seminars or programs, but direct human contact with people who understand.Read the rest at the Register.photo credit: Kitty Cat via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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