Only you? Shattering the myth of a soul mate

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Article Marriage and Family

Recently my friend Angela called me in tears. Angela, 31, and her husband have been married for three years, and they are very well-suited: They can spend hours talking and laughing, are attracted to each other, get along with each other's friends and families, and agree on faith, politics, and financial matters. But recently, she told me, the "glow" had worn off. They were busy with their careers, and in moments of exhaustion each said some hurtful things to the other.


Reach out and tweet someone: U.S. Catholic readers on social media

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life Spirituality
For U.S. Catholic  readers, social media creates an easy way to remain linked in to friends, family, and God.

American parents: Exhausted and unhappy

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Article Marriage and Family

It would be easy to dismiss the struggle to reconcile a work life with a family life as universal. In some ways, however, this is a uniquely American problem: Recent surveys suggest Americans are significantly less satisfied with their ability to balance work and family than residents of other comparable nations. It’s not hard to figure out why:


Family matters: Do workplace policies make it harder to have kids?

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Article Marriage and Family
Parenting can be a costly, time-consuming endeavor. Can the church help make American workplaces more family-friendly?

Brookes Ebetsch took only a long weekend off work after giving birth to her daughter in Texas in 2011. Her employer didn’t offer paid leave, and she and her husband couldn’t afford to take the financial hit of having her take weeks off. Her daughter, Sabina, arrived on a Thursday and Ebetsch was back at work on Monday.


Stand alone moms: Catholic single parents tell their stories

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Article Marriage and Family Women

For Rosa Manriquez, it was the Catholic school’s father-daughter dance.

For Wendy Diez, it was the e-mail from the preschool teacher addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Diez.”


Dynamic duo: Pat and Patty Crowley

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Article Marriage and Family

Pat and Patty Crowley will always be Pat-and-Patty to me—individuals but inseparable—even though I only came to know them through Patty alone. Pat died in 1974, shortly after my wife and I joined the Christian Family Movement. We didn’t know then the power of CFM and its straightforward approach.

More than two decades later my wife and I were among the couples who regularly met at Patty’s apartment to prepare for the CFM’s 50th anniversary conference in 1999.


Do you have faith in your vote?

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Article Politics
Catholics are valued voters for the candidates because they take their faith and their role in democracy seriously. In a 2008 U.S. Catholic survey, though, readers reveal that faith can lead voters in very different directions.

Looking at love and relationships

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Article Marriage and Family Sex and Sexuality Young Adults
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Theologian Julie Hanlon Rubio looks at love and committment.

Read more scholars on today's signs of the times.

Principle:

In the face of widespread sexual promiscuity and strong negativity toward official Catholic teaching, the church needs to connect with the deepest hopes of its members by calling them to sexual relationships that are “authentic, vulnerable, and committed.”


Save the date: Kerry Cronin on the love lives of college students

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Article Marriage and Family Sex and Sexuality Young Adults
The love lives of college students leave a lot to be desired, says this educator, who suggests old-school dating as a remedy.

While eating ice cream with a group of “beautiful, smart, extroverted, social people,“ Boston College seniors nearing graduation, Kerry Cronin asked them about their romantic lives. “Will there be crazy break-ups at the end of senior year? Are you going to try to stay together with people you’re dating?”


Readers share their best and worst wedding stories

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Article Marriage and Family
In our September Sounding Board, we asked readers to tell us about their wacky and wonderful wedding stories. Here's what they had to say.

The best thing about having weddings at regular Sunday Masses would be . . .

Knowing that the parish community supports the couple’s commitment.

That the church could use this time to preach on the holiness of marriage.

Reconnecting the couple to the parish family.


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