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Your State in Life: Key to Freedom and Peace

Your State in Life: Key to Freedom and Peace   We’re living in a time when we’ve been told we can do anything we want. Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve. Now that’s not a point I would argue. Most of us are capable of much greater things than we generally attempt. Few really live up to their potential. But of those who strive and stretch to do whatever they can do, even fewer stop to ask themselves... Read More

Fighting for Marriage – St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

Fighting for Marriage St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer   One of the ways Mother Teresa of Calcutta fought poverty was that she taught families to pray together. Typically, she would teach the Rosary. Getting parents to pray with each other and their children gave people hope where there seemed to be none and it helped married couples find love when love seemed most absent. Ironically, she is said to have stated... Read More

When Joy is Wrong – According to St John of the Cross

September 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Joy, Marriage Spirituality, Matthew Leonard

When Joy is Wrong According to St John of the Cross   We’re all aware we shouldn’t take inordinate pleasure in earthly/temporal goods (which remains a problem for most of us). Affected by the original sin of Adam and Eve, we tend to focus too much on the things of this world. The clichés of women craving shoes and men drooling over cars is rooted in reality. We like stuff. Again, it’s not that any of these things are... Read More

Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage

Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage When we say I do we should also say, I won’t–I won’t use my words to hurt my spouse. Infidelity, addictions, and other major destructive behaviors can inflict mortal wounds on a marriage. But perhaps the greatest sources of damage on relationships are the seemingly less harmful ones, particularly the cuts to the heart made through unkind speech. Sharp words creep into a relationship... Read More

Why I have the Best Wife and Marriage in the Known Universe

Just this week I celebrated the seventh anniversary of my marriage to my incredible wife Stephanie. Not according to our plan, but God’s, we were married on 07/07 of 2007. So, with all these sevens I thought it appropriate to reflect back on a marriage that is as near to perfect as I think is possible. Here are seven reasons I propose my wife as the best wife in the known universe: She always says YES to prayer: Having experienced... Read More

How Do the Two Become One?

February 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Marriage Spirituality, The Alexanders

Editor’s Note: Today, we are pleased to introduce Greg and Julie Alexander. Greg and Julie are co-founders and co-directors of The Alexander House Apostolate, a Catholic, lay apostolate – based in San Antonio – dedicated to proclaiming the beauty, goodness and truth of God’s plan for marriage. They’ve helped thousands of couples heal and restore their marriage relationships, and have presented numerous... Read More

Three Hearts: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Marriage

February 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Marriage Spirituality, Retreat Guides

The newest Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org, “Three Hearts: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Marriage“, will be a great way to celebrate with your valentine and loved ones. Perfect for any Marriage Preparation Program, Renewal of Vows Retreat, rehearsal dinner, or date night for discovering and deepening in the vision God has for marriage. -In the first meditation, we use the liturgical texts from the marriage... Read More

Marriage Spirituality Index – List of Marriage Spirituality Posts

Marriage Spirituality Index Listing of Marriage Spirituality Posts Dear Friends, I thought it might be helpful to provide an index to our marriage spirituality posts for you. The posts listed below are the current listing of posts on our site.  We will continue to update our offerings as they are published. Please check back from time to time to find out what may have been added.   Posts by Greg and Julie Alexander: How... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part III of III)

August 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

In our last post we considered the power of God’s love as the ground of married love. In this post, we will ponder the divine love which looks on marriage with resurrected eyes and delve deeper into the kind of prayer faithful marriage requires. Resurrected Eyes. The Gospels invite us to contemplate all marriage, even difficult and failed marriages, with resurrected eyes.  This is a perspective one gains by turning to the... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part II of III)

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

In the last post, we looked at St. Hildegard’s vision in which hell is at war with marriage. In this war, human cleverness and resourcefulness are of limited value.  Only God can hold together what He has joined. In this post, we will ponder the power of God’s love as the ground of married love. The Power of God’s Merciful Love.  The merciful love of the Father is the mysterious love that joins husband and wife,... Read More

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