Strong families lead to healthy societies, Vatican official says. Published in the12/28/2012edition of The Pilot

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In promoting and defending the traditional family as good for society and the world, the Catholic Church sees it as “the first roadblock” against the “dictatorship of individualism,” said the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, council president, said, “an individualistic civilization leads to each person putting him- or herself before all else. The family is the first roadblock because it is the first ‘we.'”…

via Strong families lead to healthy societies, Vatican official says. Published in the12/28/2012edition of The Pilot.

Pastoral letter for the Feast of the Holy Family 2012 – Diocese of Westminster

Catholics are urged to speak up for marriage as the heart of the family in a Pastoral Letter from the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster to his diocese.

The Pastoral Letter will be read out during Masses at the 214 Catholic churches in the Diocese of Westminster over 29/30 December 2012, the Feast of the Holy Family…

via Pastoral letter for the Feast of the Holy Family 2012 – Diocese of Westminster.

 

Prayer Resources | God In All Things

Prayer is an invitation from God, inviting us into relationship with God. It gives us a chance to take part in the story of creation, have an effect on the world, be involved in its God-story, and most importantly, reflect on how we contribute. These resources hope to reveal the infinite facets of prayer, the many ways we reach God, and how God reaches into our lives: in love, with words, in silence, seeking our desires, at different times, in different places. This section will continue to grow.

via Prayer Resources | God In All Things.

ZENIT – Marriage and Middle America

Rescuing the Forgotten

By Father John Flynn, LC

ROME, DEC. 21, 2012 (Zenit.org).- More than half of births among women in the United States under the age of 30 now occur outside of marriage. This was one of the points made in a report published last Sunday.

“The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent” was the latest edition of the State of Our Unions report, an annual joint publication of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values in New York City…more

via ZENIT – Marriage and Middle America.

Catholic Charities to host healthy marriage and romantic relationship workshops in Pittsburg – Catholic Diocese of Wichita

Catholic Charities, a diocesan ministry, will offer a series of healthy marriage and relationship workshops for individuals and couples beginning Jan. 22 in Pittsburg.

The workshops, “Within My Reach” and “Within Our Reach,” are available through the Marriage for Keeps program, designed to strengthen the romantic relationships and marriages of Kansans….more

via Catholic Charities to host healthy marriage and romantic relationship workshops in Pittsburg – Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

Why Middle-Class Marriages Need the Church « Family Scholars

There’s a crisis in marriage equality in this country. And it has nothing to do with sexual orientation.

That’s one major finding of the newest State of Our Unions report, published by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values’ Center for Marriage and Families. Released this week, the 2012 report spotlights the segment of America where marriage is drying up: the middle class.

via Why Middle-Class Marriages Need the Church « Family Scholars.