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

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,

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

Five Ways to Love your Man

By |2017-09-07T00:21:12+10:00February 18th, 2014|Categories: Marriage|Tags: , , , , , |

Men and women experience love in different and complementary ways. However, a woman will generally express love the way she experiences it, not the way her husband does. Most women primarily experience love through gestures of cherishment, while men experience love most powerfully through the medium of respect. Here are five ways you can nail

Brand New Grandparents

By |2017-09-07T00:02:06+10:00July 6th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As a grandparent, or expectant one, your relationship with your grandchild comes bundled with your relationship with the parents. It can be helpful to reflect upon your own grandparent encounters in order to better understand your expectations and hopes for your grandchildren. Reflect on your grandparent memories. What is your fondest memory? Revisit your experience of

Overscheduled Couples

By |2017-09-06T06:44:00+10:00June 26th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , |

Too many marriages suffer from insufficient time. In fact, it’s possibly the single biggest contributor to marriage breakdown. There might be an affair or a falling out of love, but usually, these triggers are preceded by a chronic neglect of the relationship and it’s need for time and attention from both husband and wife. Whether

The Charisms of Marriage

By |2017-09-06T06:39:14+10:00May 23rd, 2013|Categories: Marriage, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sarah and Henry are passionately committed to growing deeper in intimacy. Following prostrate surgery that left Henry impotent, they persisted in seeking new ways to express their unity. Their joyfulness is contagious. Like every baptised person, married people are gifted by the Holy Spirit with charisms suited to their individual calling as Christians. However there

Self-Control to Self-Giving

By |2017-09-06T06:34:27+10:00May 11th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

We all know that people with a capacity for self-control can accomplish amazing things in life – athletic prowess, academic excellence, financial independence, social revolution – pretty much anything worth doing in life benefits from a disciplined approach. It’s the same with relationships. Marriage, parenting, friendships – they all do a whole lot better when

Faithful

By |2017-09-06T06:22:26+10:00April 8th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“I (name) take you, (name), to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.” We hear these vows in movies and at weddings so often, that many of us