Category Archives: Bishop’s messages

Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

                  Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

By Lauri Przybysz, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Lauri and her husband John are North American Representatives for the International Confederation of Christian Family Movements.

In Church teaching, children are called the “Crown” of marriage, but those same documents also call children the “Cross” of marriage. Experienced parents can testify that children brought happiness and satisfaction to their lives, but they know it is not easy to raise a family. Research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive. Think about those early years, and you would know what they theologians and scientists are talking about. read more

Gratitude: Foundational for Marriage

Uploaded on May 17, 2011

Jim Burns, President of HomeWord, speaks about the importance of gratitude as a key ingredient in drawing your marriage relationship closer.

Gratitude: Foundational for Marriage

By Dolores R. Leckey, Senior Research Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center and former director of the USCCB Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth

Gratitude leads to many other “virtues” like laughter and fun, compassion and mercy.

If you consult one of the larger dictionaries about the meaning of the word virtue you will discover three categories of virtue. They are cardinal virtues, natural virtues and theological virtues. There is no mention, however, of marriage virtues. This series will be filling that absence, with a monthly discussion of a particular virtue which can strengthen the great adventure of marriage. This month the focus is on gratitude. read more

Marriage: The Later Years

Marriage: The Later Years

by USCCB

The later years includes the blissful “empty-nest” season of a marriage that can feel like a second honeymoon. Many couples welcome their new freedom,” while others have a hard time letting go. Sometimes a couple who happily thought they were in the empty-nest stage are faced with a boomerang young adult who again needs their care, presence, home, and perhaps babysitting services. The later years can also bring major health issues and the gradual loss of abilities. read more

Marriage As Covenant

Uploaded on Nov 10, 2011

The Covenant of Marriage. So simple, yet so profound. Please share with others.

Created by Sean Gowdy.

Marriage As Covenant

by USCCB

A covenant is a commitment which God initiates.

When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a covenant, it is using an ancient and rich biblical concept to describe how God’s steadfast and exclusive love for his people is a model for the loving union of a married couple.

The Old Testament writers trace the relationship between God and the chosen people of Israel by speaking of the covenant he offers to them through Abraham, Moses. This covenant is an invitation to enter into a relationship in which “I will be your God and you will be my people” (see Exodus 19:5ff). read more

The True Meaning of Marriage

Uploaded on Aug 19, 2011

This song I want to dedicate to all the married couples or those who seek to getting marry someday or soon…hoping every couples/singles put God first in everything they do. May all the men and women seek to love God more than anything else and not fall into the temptation that Satan has ready to trap anyone who falls in it. It’s a great song sung by John Waller featuring his wife Josee Waller. They did an awesome job at this song of lifting up one another to God and asking for God to help lead them to love one another…Photo in the background are taken by me. Well, may God bless those who love Him. Enjoy! read more

Why Married Parents Are Important for Children

Why Married Parents Are Important for Children?

USCCB

Children of divorce experience lasting tension as a result of the increasing differences in their parents’ values and ideas.

In the not too distant past this question would never have been asked. Of course children should be born into a loving marriage relationship. Or, if children were born out of wedlock, they would be adopted and raised by generous, caring couples. Society assumed that children needed this stability in order to thrive. read more

The Vocation of Marriage

Uploaded on Jun 10, 2008

Christian song written by Michael Joncas

The Vocation of Marriage

by USCCB

All Christians in whatever state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity.

When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a Christian vocation it is saying that the couple’s relationship is more than simply their choice to enter a union which is a social and legal institution. In addition to these things, marriage involves a call from God and a response from two people who promise to build, with the help of divine grace, a lifelong, intimate and sacramental partnership of love and life. read more

Our Lady of Fatima by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Our Lady of Fatima by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Please click this link to watch the video on Archbishop Fulton Sheen: Our Lady of Fatima

Please click this link to watch the video on The Truth about Our Lady of Fatima with Music

Please click this link to watch the video on Fatima, The 13th Day Movie A Story of Hope

“The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship… From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of Mother of God, to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs” (CCC: 971). Archbishop Fulton Sheen had explained in this video the importance of the call of Our Lady of Fatima to prayer and repentance in order to attain peace of the world. read more