How to Stay Married: Check In Creatively

When I go out of town for service trips or conferences, I’m always caught between missing my wife and dog and enjoying the time spent with the students and colleagues. These trips are often times when I really get to know the students well, spend some real quality time with them and get to see […]

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The Office Gets Religion

Just watched the most recent episode of The Office and was really taken by this scene. Indeed, they understand marriage, but it’s not that often that Hollywood gives us a message like this. Can we stay together when times get tough? That’s the question that all married couples need to repeatedly ask themselves over and […]

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How to Stay Married: Go to Weddings Together

Two of my students, Ryan and Lauren (now known as the Undercoffers) got married today! I was honored that they chose St. Joe’s to have their wedding and then honored that I was asked to say grace at the reception. I can remember the semester Ryan studied abroad and how much he missed Lauren. He […]

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How to Stay Married: The Birthday Edition

Today is my wife’s (unintelligible number) birthday. I’m not dumb enough to tell you how old she is but suffice it to say that she looks amazing and always has since the day I met her. To me she is the most beautiful and gets more beautiful with each passing year. We laughed and laughed […]

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Sing a Song for the Bride

Deacon Greg always finds the best videos to share and here’s one more. This one of a wedding speech by British singer/songwriter Tom Fletcher. Oh how I wish I could sing because I would have loved to do something like this for my darling wife, Marion. Take a gander. That’s what over 8 million others […]

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Divorcing Rituals

I was reading in the NY Times today about people suggesting that there should be a ritual for divorce. Something like this: In October, the former couple stood before a roaring fire at a lodge in Lakewood, Colo., with views of the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Continental Divide. Nick Meima, an officiant from the […]

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On Being a Yenta

We often call, my wife, Marion “The Catholic Yenta” because she loves to do matchmaking. She even has two marriages to her credit. So..NPR did this whole thing on the word Yente or yenta a few days ago. Turns out the word yenta does not, in fact, mean matchmaker. Shadchen is actually the yiddish word […]

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Reagan on Marriage

Deacon Greg pointed me to this today. The interesting thing is that Reagan was divorced and it seems as if he was looking to make sure that his son, Mike, didn’t make the same mistakes in marriage that he did. An excerpt from Letters of Note: There is an old law of physics that you […]

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