Kiss to Connect

Many couples find the excitement of sex somewhat diminished within a few years of marriage. Their physical intimacy seems somehow perfunctory, unimaginative, even boring. Soon they are moving through life with regular sexual encounters but little connection. Some years on, even the regular sex may become less frequent and sometimes entirely absent. One way that…

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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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Sex: for pleasure or life-giving love?

From the so-called ‘articles’ in Playboy to public billboards, the social discussion on sex and its function is ever more obvious. The cultural view of sex is that it’s an activity. We talk about ‘doing it’ and ‘we did it’; an activity primarily done or performed. Moreover, the activity of sex is very clearly categorised…

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Knot Yet! #1: Too Young to Wed

It’s no news to anyone that the age at first marriage has been steadily rising in almost every developed nation over the past four decades. In the 1960’s both men and women typically married in their early twenties. Recent data indicates that this age has risen to around 28 for women and 30 for men*.…

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Two of Us: Sexual Influences

  Reflect Separately, say the prayer and spend some time reflecting on the questions. Write some notes so that you can share more fully with your spouse.     Prayer You know, Father, one of the things that is best about You is making Mary, my mother. It takes my breath away that You could share…

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Two of Us: Sex and Sexuality

A couple exercise to explore love making and sexual atmosphere Reflect Separately, say the prayer and spend some time reflecting on the questions. Write some notes so that you can share more fully with your spouse. Prayer What an incredible gift my sexuality is, Father.  Though at times, it puzzles and confuses me. I’m not always…

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