Marriage & Relationships

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  • When Should Teens Begin Dating?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. My 13-year-old daughter is begging me to be allowed to date. She claims all the other kids in her eighth grade class are allowed to go out with their boyfriends and girlfriends, and she is the only one who isn’t permitted to socialize this way. Eighth grade … read more

  • Keeping Connected With Your Spouse

    by Rachel Swenson Balducci

    The day Paul and I said, “I do,” was one of the happiest days of my life. I thought it was strange to talk about growing more in love, as my friend Fr. John said during our wedding homily. I couldn’t imagine loving my husband any more … read more

  • Should I Attend My Cousin's Same-Sex Wedding?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q: I received an invitation to attend the wedding of my gay cousin, Dave, and his partner, Sean, in New York State, where gay marriage has been legalized. (Note: all names in this article have been changed.)   I have a lovely, loving relationship… read more

  • Understanding Infertility: A Catholic Perspective

    by Angelique Ruhi-Lopez

    For those who long to be parents, perhaps nothing is more heartbreaking than experiencing the pain of infertility instead. I know this pain firsthand—my husband and I experienced infertility while trying to conceive our first child.   The Centers… read more

  • My husband, the romantic?

    by Deb Stanley

    “What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done?” the emcee asked the three couples. My husband Scott and I were attending a wedding for one of our friends, and a family rendition of “The Newlywed Game” was taking place. … read more

  • Relocating for love

    by Marion Fernández-Cueto

    Falling in love isn’t always geographically convenient. What happens when a state boundary (or two) separates you and your potential soul mate? Award-winning writer Marion Fernández-Cueto explored this dating dilemma in the summer 2010 issue … read more

  • The Christmas stockings

    by Julie Rattey

    “Come look at the stockings,” my boyfriend said.   Dan led me into the family room of his parents’ house, where four colorful stockings hung from an old-fashioned fireplace. It was late in the evening on December 24 — our first Christmas … read more

  • My wonderful, unusual Catholic wedding

    by Barb Conley Waldmiller

    There’s an old saying that says if you want to hear God laugh, make a plan. As a young girl I had two plans: I would never marry someone named Ken (my name is Barb), and I was not going to get married in the month of June (too cliché for… read more

  • The Catholic Digest Wedding Guide - more frequently asked questions

    by Paul Boudreau

    How do I go about getting married in the Catholic Church? Once you’ve decided to get married, you need to call your local parish office and tell them you wish to begin the marriage preparation process. They will explain the procedures and help… read more

  • A survival guide for the two-faith family

    by Dr. Gregory Popcak

    Bethany is a practicing Catholic. Jim, her husband of four years, is a largely fallen-away Lutheran. Despite the potential challenges, they managed to negotiate their faith differences acceptably well. Bethany would plan to fulfill her Sunday obligation around… read more