Surviving The Holidays

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Deacon Derrick: The holidays are a wonderful and special time of year. During this season, Mistianna and I look forward to singing Christmas carols, giving gifts, baking cooking, hosting and going to parties, spending time with family and friends, and hopefully, finding ourselves thrown together under the mistletoe at least once … Continue reading Surviving The Holidays


When Depression Descends Upon Your Marriage

By: Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Deacon Derrick: Depression is a common but difficult problem in many marriages. It is a seriously difficult topic to write about, but it is something that silently threatens marriages across the country and in every faith tradition. We don’t talk about depression in our marriages because we don’t want … Continue reading When Depression Descends Upon Your Marriage

How Daily Deciding To Love My Spouse Can Change My Marriage

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna: Derrick and I know that marriage is hard and really requires a daily decision to love each other, even when you don’t feel like it! Choosing to love your spouse, even when they aren’t lovable, often means making small sacrifices for them and for your marriage. This daily … Continue reading How Daily Deciding To Love My Spouse Can Change My Marriage

“What Is Marriage Anyway?”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling As I travel around the Archdiocese training married couples in our new “Companion Couple” marriage preparation program Joined By Grace, I find myself constantly reflecting on the joys and virtues of marriage, especially as the dozens upon dozens of couples I have worked with so far share their stories with me.  … Continue reading “What Is Marriage Anyway?”

Be “The King” in Your Marriage!

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Being "the King" at our house means completely and totally forgiving someone for the wrong they have done to you.” Derrick: As Catholics, we view marriage as a sacred sacrament and a covenant with God. Since, I’m a Deacon in the Catholic Church, I have the honor of witnessing … Continue reading Be “The King” in Your Marriage!

“Life After The Wedding”

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Over the last several months, if not years, you have been focused entirely on planning your special day. Catering decisions, wedding party selections, venue choices, and decisions about flowers, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxedoes have finally all been made. Hopefully, the Bride even got to say “yes” to her perfect dress. So, there literally has been no detail too small that you and the love of your life have not anguished over and spent countless hours reviewing, and tailoring … Continue reading “Life After The Wedding”

“Sitting At The Feet Of Socrates”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling At this time of the year when going back to school is on the mind of so many, I can’t help but wonder how many folks see learning as something that belongs only in the classroom. One of my fondest memories as a child was of listening to an adult whom … Continue reading “Sitting At The Feet Of Socrates”