Love Language Gifts

By |2018-04-26T05:47:10+10:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Marriage, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Developed by Gary Chapman, the Five Love Languages, is a simple framework that can teach us how to love more effectively. The theory is simple and powerful. Love is like a language. People ‘speak’ love in different ways, some through words of affirmation, others through thoughtful gifts, acts of service, quality time or touch.

Three Ways to Rekindle the Romance this St Valentine’s Day

By |2019-02-04T09:23:52+10:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, February, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , |

Romance and Mystery One of the things that makes a new romance so exciting and attractive is the element of uncertainty: Is this person really interested in me? Will this person really be the one I’ve longed for? We can all relate to the thrill of the start-up relationship where the other is essentially still

One Flesh Union

By |2017-09-07T03:49:28+10:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It can be hard to get our heads around the amazing gift that Jesus made of himself by dying on the cross for our salvation. We are told that it was a personal sacrifice, that if we were the only one in need, he would have still gone through with it – his love for each of

Feasting and Fasting in Marriage

By |2017-09-07T03:47:39+10:00February 18th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In marriage the fasting and feasting cycle is evident in the use of natural fertility methods which are the methods of family planning approved by the Catholic Church*. A couple’s marriage is nourished and strengthened when they make love. It is also strengthened by times of abstinence; these times may result from various factors including

Seasons of Marriage

By |2017-09-07T03:04:03+10:00February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , |

Marriages are in perpetual transition, growing, evolving, and cycling through periods of plentiful intimacy and barren despondency. In many ways, these are just like the seasons: Spring: is the season of growth and hopefulness. It’s when a couple can feel most optimistic about their relationship because it is growing vigorously and the future promises luscious

Spousal Gifts

By |2018-04-24T01:23:05+10:00December 24th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , |

It was 1985 and our whole family had gone to hear a talk by visiting Jesuit Father Charles Gallagher. He was proposing a radical approach to Christmas: cancel the bought presents and give gifts of personal sacrifice, affirmation, service and kindness. Instead of the usual toys, movie tickets, clothes or festive foods, he challenged us

Growing in Love

By |2017-09-07T01:52:41+10:00June 5th, 2014|Categories: Marriage, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , |

The popularity of St Valentine’s Day grew out of the joy of celebrating romantic married love. The celebration also encourages us to renew and develop that love. God is love and this year we focus on one particular aspect of deepening the love of a couple, whether they are engaged or married – that is,

Couple Play

By |2017-09-07T01:14:37+10:00February 27th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , |

Play is not only important for children, it’s important for adults and for couples as well. It helps us to develop vital virtues in our relationship: curiosity, humour, tolerance and resilience. Curiosity is a vital ingredient in keeping our love fresh, vibrant and open to growth. Couples who let themselves believe that they already know

Spiritual Guardians

By |2017-09-07T01:12:06+10:00February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Marriage, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Every person is created with a divine destiny: God created us for eternal union with him. Our earthly life is preparation for this union but all too often, we neglect our spiritual development through busyness and pre-occupation with the things of this world. Sarah was on a mission. Her husband had become ambivalent about attending