Too BUSY

Sometimes we have to say “no” to things that seem GOOD, so that we can make space for BEST. A close friend of mine recently advised me to be careful of becoming too busy. You see, BUSY can be turned into an acronym: “Bound Under Satan’s Yoke.” It is so easy to become caught up in doing so many objectively “good” things …

The Tactics of the Devil

“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 You have an enemy, and it is not your spouse. The devil wants to take you, your marriage, and your family down. One day as I was teaching my high school students …

Please, Thank You, & Sorry

Pope Francis wrote that there are three essential words in the family: “please,” “thank you,” and “sorry.” When we use “please,” we are showing respect rather than being overbearing. When we use “thank you,” we demonstrate gratitude and appreciation for what another does. When we have done something wrong, we need to say “I am sorry,” because this helps our …

The Trifecta of a Healthy Marriage

Why is it that so many marriages – despite careful planning, faithful promises, and the best of intentions – end in divorce? Research often points to inadequate communication skills, lack of education, or insufficient finances as the reason for divorce. So does that mean that if a hardworking couple has amazing communication skills and an impressive investment portfolio the are …

The Dance

“Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the …

Perfectly Imperfect

By: Jason and Elise Angelette Be Perfect??? “Therefore you are to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) Christ’s divine words seem like an inspiration and a burden to us. Perfection? That’s a tough one! As a people pleaser and perfectionist, the word “perfection” serves as both my motivator and my worst enemy. Does Christ really expect …

What is Marriage?

Marriage is the most fundamental building block of society. If we lose marriage, we lose the family, and ultimately we lose the society in which we live. Marriage and the family are so vitally important – St. John Paul II said that the future of the Church depends upon it. Today the value of marriage is under attack – both …

Marriage is a Vocation

Most of us immediately think of priesthood or religious life when we hear the word “vocation.” Yes – these are vocations, but did you know that marriage is as well? Vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, which means “to call.” Marriage is a calling that originates not from hormones or fear of loneliness but from God. Not only is …