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When adult children move back home

When adult children move back home

| Kate Soucheray | August 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

When young people return home for a period of time following college graduation, their Baby Boomer or Gen X parents are often surprised by the disruption this causes to their newly-established routine. Becoming an empty-nester couple is not an easy transition, because so many couples become comfortable with the relationship that is formed through parenting their children. Bouncing back into an old routine is not as simple as it might seem.

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Friendship in marriage

Friendship in marriage

| Kate Soucheray | July 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

When I was in my mid-20s and thinking about getting married, my mother gave me sage advice. She suggested that I have lots of male friends and then marry my best friend. St. Thomas Aquinas, an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest and doctor of the Church, supported this view: “The greater the friendship, the more solid and long-lasting (the marriage) will be,” he wrote.

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Prayer changes us

Prayer changes us

| Kate Soucheray | June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

We’ve heard the saying “prayer changes things.” What if we were to add, “prayer changes us?”

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One thing is assured

One thing is assured

| Kate Soucheray | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is no question that the time in which we are living is marked by uncertainty and fear.

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The sacramentality of marriage

The sacramentality of marriage

| Kate Soucheray | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

On our wedding day, we may not think as much about the sacramentality of our marriage as we should, or the sacramental nature of the mystery in which we are participating. Our focus is often on the dresses, the flowers, the music, and the reception and dance to follow the ceremony. And yet, the sacrament in which we participate will change everything for us from that day forward.

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Skill-building in marriage

Skill-building in marriage

| Kate Soucheray | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some people might think a good marriage is made in heaven. Those who understand how a good, lasting, encouraging marriage works know it is built on the skills couples develop as they work to manage the ups and downs of their relationship. Skill-building is a task that all individuals must engage in if they hope to improve and master whatever endeavor they undertake.

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Love and marriage in this day and age

Love and marriage in this day and age

| Kate Soucheray | February 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Marriage is the union that defines our family relationships. The quality of marriage is built on the commitment each person makes to this union that has been created by the fondness, the camaraderie and the common vision the couple shares. As St. John Paul II states, “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family — a domestic church.”

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A renewed commitment to our faith

A renewed commitment to our faith

| January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

This new year offers us an opportunity for a renewed commitment to our faith. It can begin with a greater commitment to having faith in God, a God we can trust and rely on completely, in all situations, regardless of whether we fully believe he can help us.

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A renewed dedication to Advent

A renewed dedication to Advent

| Kate Soucheray | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are thoroughly into the season of Advent and we may not have taken out the Advent candles, the blue cloths or the Advent calendar. Instead, we might have gotten so caught up in our list of to-dos and already feel so overwhelmed by the needs of this brief time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, that we have not acknowledged this short-lived season of preparation for the coming of Christ in our hearts.

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The good of gratitude

The good of gratitude

| Kate Soucheray | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

November is the month of gratitude, the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving and the beginning of the busy holiday season. All the year round, however, some people keep a gratitude journal, in which they focus on the positive aspects of their day, noting these events rather than focusing on what did not go well.

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Developing a clear, well-articulated value system

Developing a clear, well-articulated value system

| Kate Soucheray | October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

August’s article addressed the need to have a well-formed value system to help us develop a sense of right and wrong, so we may become people guided by our conscience, which, in turn, will contribute to the development of good character. The Catechism of the Catholic Church cited St. Augustine, “Return to your conscience, question it … Turn inward, brethren, and in everything you do, see God as your witness” (1779). In addition, the Catechism contends, “In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows is just and right” (1778).

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Real Presence

Real Presence

| Kate Soucheray | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I read the articles in the Aug. 22 Catholic Spirit regarding the concept of Real Presence, I was struck by how excited I was. I know that may sound strange to readers, but adult Catholics have been asked the most profound and mysterious question of our faith: Do we believe Jesus the Christ, our Risen Savior, is really present in the Eucharist? And perhaps not shockingly, 69% of adult Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence. Actually, this is not surprising.

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