Jesus Christ: Source of Hope and Love in Marriage – Part 3

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

2018_Exhortation_Cover_Complete My Joy_Full (2)

The last two weeks (Part 1 and Part 2), we have been looking at Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s Apostolic Exhortation Complete My Joy, which he wrote to husbands and wives, mothers and fathers of the Diocese of Phoenix. He delves into the importance of having a marriage centered on Jesus Christ. This week we will look at his practical suggestions on how to strengthen your marriage and family life.

Bishop Olmsted identifies six key areas of growth for your marriage and family spirituality:

Continue reading

Love Bears All: A Reflection for St. Valentine’s Day

Tags

, , ,

Love_Fr Tipton

Today we want to share with you a homily on how to live out love. It was given by Fr. Prentice Tipton, Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan. Please meditate on this beautiful exegesis on love and share it with others.

“Love Bears All” – Fr. Prentice Tipton

(Please excuse the plywood backdrop; our sanctuary is under renovation.)

Wishing you a blessed St. Valentine’s Day!

Dennis & Rose

Jesus Christ: Source of Hope and Love in Marriage – Part 2

Tags

, , ,

2018_Exhortation_Cover_Complete My Joy

Last week, we started looking at Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s Apostolic Exhortation Complete My Joy, which he wrote to husbands and wives, mothers and fathers of the Diocese of Phoenix. Bishop Olmsted points to Jesus Christ as the source of hope and love in marriage and family life. This week, we will continue in our examination of this timely and much needed exegesis into both biblical and Church teachings on this important topic. As he says:

Continue reading

Jesus Christ: Source of Hope and Love in Marriage

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Complete My Joy_Cover

On the Feast of the Holy Family, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted promulgated Complete My Joy, an Apostolic Exhortation to husbands and wives, mothers and fathers in the Diocese of Phoenix, This exhortation is relevant to all husbands and wives, mothers and fathers.

Listen to Bishop Olmstead describe his reason for writing this exhortation.

Complete My Joy – Official Trailer

It is a great privilege and a great duty, that we strengthen and encourage [husbands and wives, mothers and fathers], and that we remind them that their vocation is a vital contribution to the world. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Continue reading

How to Save Your Marriage Before It Starts

Tags

, , , , ,

lisa b marriage talk

Do you want a healthy and happy marriage? Then listen to Lisa Brenninkmeyer as she shares the truth about marriage and explains how to set yourself up for success before saying “I do.” Even if you have said “I do,” you will find truths to counter the cultural lies about love and relationships.

Continue reading

Lessons from the Wedding Feast at Cana

Tags

, , , , ,

wedding-at-cana-esteban-murillo

The Marriage Feast at Cana, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, c. 1675

The Gospel reading for today, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, recounts the Wedding Feast at Cana where Jesus turns water into wine. To understand the significance of Jesus performing His first miracle at a wedding feast let’s look first at the creation of man and woman in Genesis, the first chapter of the Bible.

In the beginning…

Continue reading

The Seven Keys to a Thriving Marriage – Fr. John Riccardo

Tags

, , , ,

marriage license_shutterstock

On the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. John Riccardo of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan shared this moving homily on the lessons his mom and dad learned from 66 years of marriage.

“Seven Keys” – Fr. John Riccardo

Mr. and Mrs. John Riccardo Sr.’s “Seven Keys” to marriage…

Continue reading

A Personal Encounter with Jesus

Tags

, ,

christ-the-teacher-icon

During Advent we embarked on a journey toward Bethlehem to find the Christ child. Along the way, we discovered the importance of encountering Jesus personally, and making Jesus the center of our marriages and the center of our families. Finally, we discovered that this journey prepared us for the mission of taking Jesus into our neighborhoods and the world.

Practically speaking, what actions should we be taking to personally encounter Jesus so that we may be equipped to share Him with others?

In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2

Continue reading

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Holy Family 09

Each year, on the first Sunday after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. We are invited to ponder and imitate the love of the Holy Family in our homes and families. Mary and Joseph are models of holy, faithful, obedient, and fruitful love. By their example, may we too put Christ at the center of our families.

Today also marks a milestone for the Calling Couples to Christ Apostolate. This is our 200th blog post. We launched this apostolate because we have a passion for the permanence and sanctity of marriage, as well as a desire to help others experience the joy that comes from living a Christ-centered marriage. If you are touched by what we write here, please share it with others. Our culture is so in need of examples of holy families living out the Gospel in everyday life. Let your light shine in the darkness.

Continue reading

The Mystery of Christmas

Tags

, , , , , ,

rembrandt-adoration-of-the-shepherds-1646

Adoration of the Shepherds by Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1646

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The following is an excerpt from St. John Paul II’s Urbi Et Orbi Message, Christmas 2002.[1]

Continue reading