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A Pastoral Plan for Marriage and Family Is Unveiled

March 4, 2018 16 Comments
A Pastoral Plan for Marriage and Family Is Unveiled

Sunday at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, with hundreds of invited married couples, Cardinal Donald Wuerl presented the Archdiocese of Washington’s pastoral plan to more fully implement Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. The complete text of the plan is available here and additional resources can be found on this website: adw.org/amorislaetitia. The purpose of the pastoral […]

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Cardinal Wuerl Releases Amoris Laetitia Implementation Plan

March 4, 2018
Cardinal Wuerl Releases Amoris Laetitia Implementation Plan

Cardinal Wuerl Releases First Detailed Pastoral Amoris Laetitia Implementation Plan for Parishes  “Sharing in the Joy of Love in Marriage and Family” released this weekend in all parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, today celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, where […]

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Advice for the Married: Don’t Forget the Gifts in Strange Packages

January 21, 2018 4 Comments
Advice for the Married: Don’t Forget the Gifts in Strange Packages

In his book Humility Rules (which I think should be read as Humility Rules!), Fr. J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B. offers some insight into the humility of patience, forgiveness, and mercy. Fr. Wetta recalls a situation in which he was asked to preach at the wedding of his best friend. As a monk, he was not […]

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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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