Defending Life + Strengthening Marriage + Nurturing Family
Office of Family and Social Concerns of the Diocese of Steubenville - efforts to protect life, strengthen marriage and nurture families here in our diocese
ForYourMarriage.org - Putting a modern image on traditional values, the U.S. Catholic bishops launched a Web site designed to promote healthy marriages. With everything from daily marriage tips to statistics on divorce and cohabitation, this site is an up-to-date resource. The For Your Marriage Web site includes resources for everyone, including engaged and married couples, and facts about Catholic marriage.
Theology of the Body - A "new way" of understanding our sexuality that's sweeping across the planet. Very exciting! Learn more at www.theologyofthebody.net.
Natural Family Planning - Methods for postponing or achieving pregnancy approved by the Catholic Church. Links to many helpful resources, including resources from the US Catholic Bishops can be found at www.stmarysdre.info/nfp.
Marriage Encounter - Looking for the perfect weekend? A weekend to bring you and your spouse closer together? A Marriage Encounter weekend is exactly what you are looking for. Instead of simply listening to lectures about how to improve your marriage, you will actually be improving your marriage. Read how other couples have described how the weekend changed their marriages, and find weekends in your area at www.wwme.org.
The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman - OUTSTANDING book about communication in marriage. It's changing lives every day! This is a great resource for understanding how you and your spouse communicate love. Spouses often communicate love differently, which leads to misunderstandings and heartbreak. This is the perfect resource to grow in your marriage!
Good News About Sex & Marriage by Christopher West - A "new way" of understanding our sexuality that's sweeping across the planet. Created by Blessed John Paul II, the Theology of the Body is transforming marriages by showing the truth and beauty of God's design for marriage. Learn more from the book. You can also read articles about the Theology of the Body at on his website.
For Better Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak. Dr. Popcak is a Catholic pyschologist and author. He also hosts a radio show on Ave Maria Radio. Dr. Popcak also has a CD available on this same topic.
Married Saints and Blesseds by Ferdinand Holbock. From their website: "Countless saints have been priests or religious, living out lives of penance and sacrifice for the good of the Church. But many Catholics don't realize that married couples are called to holiness as well. Fr. Holböck's tells the inspiring stories of over 200 married saints and blesseds."
The ABCs of Choosing a Good Husband and The ABCs of Choosing a Good Wife, both by Steve Wood, provide essential information for the process of discerning who and who NOT to marry.