Natural Fertility

True love cannot be contained; it always gives life in some form. For most couples, this will result in the biological birth of a child. For others, it will be expressed in a shared effort to generously give of their time and talents to others. Love gives Life When we love someone deeply, we want…

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Newsflash: Pope says sex is ‘a gift from God’

In his latest document, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis writes extensively about many aspects of marriage and family life. In amongst a lengthy and rich document is a section that is dedicated to affirming the sexual relationship of the married couple as good and holy.  While this is not all that radical…

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Romance in Scripture

  Why is the Song of Songs favoured by mystics? What is it about this book in the Bible that attracts so much attention? Surely the answer is that the language – poetic, erotic and sensual – speaks profoundly to the hearts of those who hunger for intimacy with the lover of our souls. This…

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Windows of the Soul

A useful framework for developing our Emotional Intelligence, The Johari Window, helps us visualise how we can expand our self-awareness and deepen our intimacy. Picture a four-paned window that represents you. Within the window is everything that is known and unknown about you. It includes factual information such as your age, sex, which school you…

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The Fine Print

It’s important to read the fine print before you sign on a dotted line and marriage in the Catholic Church is no different. Matrimony is more than just getting married in a church; in order to make a free and informed commitment on your wedding day, there are specific obligations of which you should be aware. THE FREEDOM TO MARRY…

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In The Image of Christ and The Church

Revelation 19:6-8 The Wedding of the Lamb Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude… crying out,“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready;…

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Trinity Prayer

Most couples find it difficult to pray together. It is always best to start simply and establish a habit on modest requirements. The Couple’s Evening Prayer is a good place to start. When you are ready, you can try the Trinity Prayer which encourages deeper reflection and more personal revelation. This simple format: incorporates worship…

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One Heart Discernment

God’s Desire Throughout your married life, God will frequently place before you the invitation to be more life-giving. Sometimes this invitation will take the form of conceiving a child, at others it might be to take up a ministry or get involved in a community initiative. At times God will call you to reform your…

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The Power of Prayer

“Whatever you ask in my name I will do, so as to glorify the Father in the Son. Anything you ask in my name I will do.” John 14:13-14 Openness to God Prayer does not change God, it does not always change the situation, but it does change the heart of the person praying. It…

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A Source of Grace

“Give way to one another out of reverence for Christ” Eph 5:21 St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians paints a vision of husband and wife tenderly giving themselves to each other in total self-donation. Husband and wife desire to communicate God’s life-giving love to the other through their own love. They are inspired to love…

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