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How Does Idealism Negatively Affect Marriage?

September 25, 2017 4 Comments
How Does Idealism Negatively Affect Marriage?

Those who seek to strengthen Holy Matrimony and stem the tide of failed marriages propose many remedies, among them better catechesis, improved marriage preparation, and greater emphasis on the sacrament in sermons. All of these are fine ideas and necessary steps, but let’s also ponder a deep but often unexplored root of the trouble with […]

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The Carnage of Divorce

June 28, 2017 19 Comments
The Carnage of Divorce

Almost two decades ago, as a younger priest, I remember trying to save a marriage. Sadly, by the second counseling session I concluded that the couple really had no intention of trying to save the marriage. Rather, they were looking to me to assuage their guilt and to console them by telling them they were […]

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It’s a Glorious, Glorious Life

June 22, 2017 4 Comments
It’s a Glorious, Glorious Life

Last week, in preparation for our celebration of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Marriage Jubilarian Mass, we produced this video about Bob and Laurin Balkam, a husband and wife from the Greatest Generation. Before the interview could start, Bob said, “I’ll tell you my life story and you see what you think. And I’ll try to […]

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Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus

March 26, 2017 3 Comments
Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus

N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did. The word family had a wider meaning both in Aramaic and in Hebrew than it […]

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Late Have I Loved You – On the Delay of Marriage in Our Culture and the Flawed Notions That Underlie It

January 11, 2016 29 Comments
Late Have I Loved You – On the Delay of Marriage in Our Culture and the Flawed Notions That Underlie It

In football, if the offense takes more than thirty seconds between plays, they are penalized for “delay of game.” The result is lost yardage; they are now farther away from the goal line. The delay thus brings loss; progress toward the goal is hindered; victory becomes less likely, not more. I’m sure the offense would […]

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How to Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage” With Dissenting Family Members

November 15, 2015 21 Comments
How to Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage” With Dissenting Family Members

I was out on the preaching circuit this past week and spoke at five parishes (including my own) on the biblical vision of Holy Matrimony (marriage) as set forth by God and the Church. The talks were sponsored by the pro-life group Defend Life. While I cannot succinctly reproduce the talk in today’s blog, I […]

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Getting the Marriage Conversation Right.

November 8, 2012 80 Comments

One of the most common and quickest traps and which most of us fall in the marriage debate about recognizing same-sex couples is that we allow the conversation to center around the couple themselves, that is, to center on the adults. But intrinsically marriage as an institution is not fundamentally about adults, it is about […]

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A Post Mortem on the Maryland Same Sex”Marriage”Referendum

November 7, 2012 107 Comments

Among the unsurprising but very disappointing results from yesterday’s elections was the approval of Same Sex “Marriage” by Maryland residents 52 to 48%. Maryland is one of the most liberal states in the union, and it is been known for at least several weeks now, through polling, that the bill was likely to pass. Here […]

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