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Sex in God's Plan

Sex in God's Plan
When God created Adam and Eve, he created them for one another. Men and women are made to physically and spiritually complement one another. When Adam saw Eve for the first time, he exclaimed in utter joy, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” And the author of Genesis continues, “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Gen 2:23–24). Though Adam enjoyed the intimate company of God his C...
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5 Ways to Undo an Argument

5 Ways to Undo an Argument
by Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes, FSPI know when I've been in an argument with someone, I feel devastated. I withdraw. I avert my eyes when I meet the other person again and am not sure whether I can trust them. The sky once full of sunlight has now been filled with dark clouds as my self-image starts to plummet and my mind race to figure out what to do, why it happened, what to blame.... Not everyone reacts to an argument the way I do, but just about everyone reacts in some way to the disagreeableness ...
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When we can't see the one we love....

When we can't see the one we love....
Recently I saw a news article that reported statistics of how detrimental the amount of time we spend looking at screens (i.e., smartphone screens, computer screens, tablet screens) is to our face-to-face relationships. Hmm, I said. I wonder if that’s really accurate. So I started to keep watch over myself. I took note of the intensity with which I gazed into the eyes of a friend or family member. I rated how often I even noticed what was happening around me in real life: could I rest...
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The rich future of love

The rich future of love
Love has the promise of a rich future. We can trust its music, listen to its voice, hope in its song. And like any musician, the song we play is the better for the practice we put in to it. Why do we need to practice love? At the beginning of one's married life it might not seem that this is necessary. However, given a bit of time the problems will set in, the ordinary problems that exist in any attempt we make at relationships.Where do the problems come from? From different songs being played i...
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Strength for Carrying Your Cross

Strength for Carrying Your Cross
Once a year where I come from there is a huge county fair. Pumpkins piled high, baked goods, and horses, cattle, and every kind of farm animal await the visitors. More subdued yet no less attractive are displays of lovely model homes. These always feature the newest “built-in” appliances: dishwasher, freezer/refrigerator, and stove. But no matter how lovely and appealing the kitchens with the built-in luxuries appear, reality sets in at the first meal. The food in the freezer has to ...
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4 Points for Communication when Love Is Tired

4 Points for Communication when Love Is Tired
Mary Cathryn TamesIn any relationship, but particularly in a marriage, communication is key, hardly a groundbreaking statement…. In fact, we hear advice about communication from every quarter, and perhaps sometimes we shut it off because we feel we’re communicating well enough. We share information. We talk about our day with each other. We go for occasional or regular dates and explore how to deepen our relationship. We communicate about our budget and financial responsibilities&he...
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Abstinence as Virtue

Abstinence as Virtue
by Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II), translated by Grzegorz Ignatik in Love and ResponsibilitySexual intercourse of a man and a woman in marriage remains on the level of a personal union in love only on the condition that they do not positively exclude the possibility of procreation and parenthood. When this “I can be a father,” “I can be a mother” is positively excluded in the consciousness and will of a man and a woman, then what is left (objectively speaking) in the ...
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God loves me for who I am

God loves me for who I am
“I wish I had more self-confidence.” My heart is pounding, my palms sweaty, my fingers cold as ice, and I cannot quite take in a full breath of air. I am standing in general assembly on my first day of first grade, waiting with hundreds of kids to be divided into our various classes, and I am terrified.
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God can turn weakness into something great

God can turn weakness into something great
We all have things in our past that haunt us – friends we've lost, cruel things we have said, inexcusable things we have done. St. Paul knew this feeling, the feeling of having squandered something that cannot be restored, the feeling of having done something that can not be taken back.
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