By Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Deacon Derrick: As kids we were taught to “give up something” for Lent. To deprive ourselves of something we really loved so we might better understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying on the cross. Many Catholics now add something during Lent rather than giving up something. … Continue reading Spring Clean Your Marriage During Lent!
by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna: As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it’s a great time to add a little “spice” or a little “sexy” back into your marriage relationship. Deacon Derrick: After you have been married a while you move from that can’t keep your hands off each other to less of the honeymoon … Continue reading Reclaiming Your Sexy In 60 Seconds Each Day!
For well over two years now, hundreds of local engaged couples have been playing what is known as the "Spice Jar Game", an interactive, input-based group sharing activity which is the centerpiece of the "Married Love" learning session at the Foundation for Marriage preparation program. The activity is designed to have the couples come up with … Continue reading Spice Jar Winners, December 2018
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
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
by Deacon Stephen Bowling As July settles in and the days get hot, I marvel at just how many folks I’m seeing who actually are taking real, formal vacations. It seems the days of “giving it a miss” as Monty Python would say are becoming more and more infrequent – and I for one am … Continue reading The Power of Presence
by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Today we're going to tackle head-on, one of the biggest questions we hear regarding having a successful marriage . . . Is it True ... Do The Couples Who Go To Mass Together, Stay Together? Derrick: I want to share with you some of the most intimate moments that … Continue reading “Is It True?”
by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes “If you are too busy to love, you are too busy to live; if you are too busy to live, you are too busy to love.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo There are three key phrases your spouse really needs to hear on a consistent basis in order to feel really … Continue reading “The Three Keys”
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
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?”