Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

Seven decades of love celebrated

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

An Invercargill couple celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary believe they were lucky in love. Reaching a platinum anniversary would be a challenge for many couples, but for Lenox and Betty Allison it seemed to have been an easy task as they said had not noticed the time passing. “Honestly, it did not seem that long. Read more

What keeps couples apart?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
What keeps couples apart

Several months ago, as my wife’s birthday approached, I was thrilled to discover that a band she likes had plans to play next year in a nearby city. I booked good seats, spending a bit more than I normally would on birthdays, and began anticipating her reaction. On the morning of her birthday, she opened Read more


Monday, August 16th, 2021

An image has been occurring to me of boats that have become unmoored. They end up on the rocks, or colliding with one another. There are features of our Western world’s culture that seem to fit the image. Important aspects of our lives seem to have become disconnected from what gives them meaning. If this Read more

Woman abandons husband to marry the Holy Spirit

Monday, June 28th, 2021

A 41-year-old  woman allegedly abandoned her husband of 20 years and claims to have married the Holy Spirit in an act that has shocked Kenyans and embarrassed the church in the East African country. A man who said he is her husband viewed the most recent ceremony differently: “There are not two marriages here. She Read more

Three conditions for a valid Catholic marriage

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

A leading canon lawyer explains how a valid marriage in the Catholic Church’s tradition must meet three requirements. Rev Prof Michael Mullaney, President at Ireland’s national seminary, St Patrick’s College Maynooth and a leading Canon Lawyer said the couple party to such a marriage “must-have capacity (ie the requisite freedom and knowledge to give such Read more

I called off my wedding but the Internet never forgets

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Internet never forgets

I still have a photograph of the breakfast I made the morning I ended an eight-year relationship and cancelled a wedding. It was an unremarkable breakfast—a fried egg—but it is now digitally fossilized in a floral dish we moved with us when we left New York and headed west. I don’t know why I took Read more

Ministry to families must meet their real needs, pope says

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

If people are providing a ministry to families, they must make sure they actually know what the families need, Pope Francis says. The Catholic Church cannot claim to safeguard marriage and family life if it simply repeats its traditional teaching without supporting, encouraging and caring for real families. This is especially when families are struggling Read more

Marriage & divorce amid pandemic: Couples’ challenges abound

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

For many U.S. couples yearning to be married, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on their wedding plans while bolstering their teamwork and resilience. For couples already married, it has posed a host of new tests, bringing some closer, pulling others apart. Spending more time together — a common result of lockdowns, furloughs and layoffs — Read more

What getting married in a pandemic taught these newlyweds

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Michael and Kelsey Petrany can hardly believe that two months ago they were worried about centrepieces. The restrictions of the pandemic made so many of their initial wedding plans impossible, including the presence of their parents, guests, and a reception. The couple decided they wanted to go through with it anyways. And they are glad Read more

Stay quarantined, stay married, keep your friends

Monday, March 30th, 2020
quarantined and married

The policy of social distancing means that the newly homebound are seeing less of coworkers than they did just weeks ago. They’re seeing fewer friends too. But they might be seeing a lot more of their family, or their roommates. And that isn’t easy. For some, especially those who live alone, social distancing can bring Read more