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How do I love thee? Gospel teaches how to count the ways, pope says

May 7th, 2015 Posted in Featured, Marriage and Family, Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Real love is constant, concrete and communicates — it is action over words and it obeys the Beatitudes, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

True love is not “soap-opera love,” or “a whim” or something that “makes our heart beat a little faster,” and then nothing more, the pope said May 7 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Read more »

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Plan to get married in the diocese? There are three steps to take before wedding

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Marriage and Family, Our Diocese

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The Diocese of Wilmington’s marriage preparatory policy and guidelines require that contact with the parish priest or deacon be initiated one year before the date of the proposed marriage. Read more »

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‘Beloved’ video series aims to build stronger marriages, families

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SAN FRANCISCO — A new 12-part video series on marriage from Ignatius Press will provide ongoing formation that many couples need “to help us to live the art of marriage well,” said a theology professor who is content director of the series.

“Everybody knows that there’s a great crisis in marriage in the culture today,” said Edward Sri, who teaches at Augustine Institute in suburban Denver. Read more »

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Concerning families: Parish groups discuss family life in anticipation of pope’s visit to Philly

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BETHANY BEACH — Pope Francis’ focus on family life has struck a chord with parishioners of St. Ann Parish in Bethany Beach.

Study groups there are poring over the final report of the October 2014 World Synod of Bishops on the family with hopes of preparing a document of their own to be sent to Bishop Malooly and to leaders of a second synod, building upon the first, this coming fall.

Like those at the October synod, people attending St. Ann’s study sessions have strongly held and often differing views involving issues affecting family life today, Roach said.

“The church is really involved in a time of discernment about the family and pastoral care for the family,” said Molly Roach, director of religious education at St. Ann. “People want to talk about this. They are really concerned about what is going on with the family in the church.” Read more »

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Women’s Conference planned for Nov. 1 at St. Joseph’s Middletown

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The Diocese of Wilmington is holding a Women’s Conference Nov. 1 at St. Joseph Parish in Middletown.

The day, sponsored through the Office for Marriage and Family Life, will feature Johnnette Benkovic, president and founder of Women of Grace, who is an author, retreat director and speaker. Nancy Burke, director of the Marriage and Family Life office, said the day’s theme will be from the diocese’s patron, St. Francis de Sales, “Be who you are and be that well.” Read more »

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Speakers urge Americans to promote love and truth at March for Marriage

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Political and religious leaders encouraged Americans to promote traditional marriage with truth and love at the second annual March for Marriage.

Referencing the passage from the Gospel of Matthew, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, encouraged march participants June 19 to spread the message of the Gospel with love. Read more »

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Federal judge halts same-sex marriages in Wisconsin during appeal

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MADISON, Wis. (CNS) — A federal judge halted same-sex marriages in Wisconsin while an appeal of her decision to strike down as unconstitutional the state’s ban on such marriages is pending.

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb stopped same-sex marriages in the state a week after her initial ruling June 6. About 500 couples had wed during the period after she allowed county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Her order did not address whether the marriages were valid. Read more »

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Have these conversations before your wedding

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As a dating or engaged couple, conversation probably comes easily. The two of you enjoy talking about just anything. Just about anything that is, except ugly disagreements. Read more »

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Here’s how to prepare for your Catholic wedding at a parish in the Diocese of Wilmington

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By Nancy Burke

 

Engaged couples marrying in the Diocese of Wilmington participate in a formal process to prepare for Christian marriage and family life.

Because Christian marriage is a sacrament and a holy vocation, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. Marriage preparation programs help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. Read more »

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The theories of marriage evolution

May 4th, 2014 Posted in Marriage and Family

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

The psychologist Paul Tournier once said, “I’ve been married six times, all to the same woman.”

Tournier explained that he never got divorced, but rather his marriage transitioned from one stage to another.

All healthy marriages experience change and transition. That’s what keeps them alive and growing. Some of the stages of growth are predictable, others are not.
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