Rediscover Law as Interpersonal RealityIn his annual address to the Roman Rota in January 1997, Pope John Paul II shows how the juridical relationship in marriage grows out of a proper personalist understanding, and warns against several dangers.
Marriage: the mystery of faithful loveFirst published in 1929 in Germany, Dietrich von Hildebrand's Marriage was the earliest orthodox presentation of the personalistic approach to matrimony which would find its way into Vatican II's Guadium et spes, Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae vitae and the teaching of Pope John Paul II.
Babies, Blessings and Chocolatesby Shelley Lembke. Shelley writes about the great gift of children to marriage, and the many inconsistencies in our society's attitudes towards pregnancy, pre-born children and children in the family.
Casti Connubii: 60 Years Laterby John Kippley. The time has come to address widespread contraception and for the reaffirmation of that great encyclical and compendium on marriage "Casti Connubii" (from Homiletic & Pastoral Review, June 1991)
Liturgical Dressingby Regina Doman A young wife's description of how she controlled runaway wardrobes and dressed 'for her vocation' at the same time.
Living Sacrament -- MatrimonyMother Angelica writes on the Sacrament of Matrimony. She says it is "a sign to the world of the invisible God living in our midst - the living God who bears fruit in the lives of two people."
Love and the Family in Today's WorldDrawing from 'Vertitatis Splendor' and Msgr. Josemaria Escriva's writings, Msgr. Cormac Burke discusses spousal love and family life (from Homiletic & Pastoral Review, March 1995)
Obey Your Husband!A homily by Fr Phil Bloom - "At this point some men might be thinking, 'Right on, Father! My wife should listen to me more. She thinks she is always right.' But St Paul has a word for husbands…"
Sacrament of Holy Matrimonyby Paul McLachlan. This is the text of an address I gave to the Thomas More Winter School in July 1997. The audience were primarily young, single Catholics in their late teens and early 20s. It is a reminder that marriage is a sacrament and a vocation -- and of what that means. It also contains some helpful information on how to "get hitched"!
Sacred Twosomeby Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty. Chapter 2 of his book The Mother.
Wives Do What?by Rachel Fay. The Southern Baptists receive criticism for saying that wives should be submissive to their husbands. Read this article to see what Catholic teaching says about this politically incorrect stance. (from This Rock, June 1999)