Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage is a beautiful covenant and mystery, strengthened by God’s love. God intended the relationship between a man and woman in marriage to mirror the love between Christ and His Church. Because of the sacredness of this union between husband and wife, Christ provided the Church with many graces that flow from the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, as a means of assisting husbands and wives to love each other with a deep and holy love.

Take time to learn more about the Church’s teachings on marriage and explore the resources we have provided to help you better understand and live out this beautiful sacrament, so you can experience the happiness and peace that flow from a marriage blessed by God.

“Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife,
and they become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:4)

“So they are no longer two but one flesh.
What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matt. 19:6)

Recommended Reading
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
By Gary Chapman
Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate’s love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return.Skillful communication is within your grasp!

Seeking an Annulment With the Help of Your Catholic Faith
By Lorene Hanley Duquin

Good News about Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching
By Christopher West

Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility
By Edward Sri

Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life
By Father Leo Patalinghug
With just a few ingredients and a few hours of time, your kitchen can become the perfect setting notonly for a delicious meal but for experiencing the greatest blessings in life.

Dear God, I don’t get it!
By Patti Maguire Armstrong
“Dear God, I don’t get it!” is the perfect story for 3rd through 6th grade Catholic kids and classrooms with excellent writing, vocabulary and thinking activities incorporated at the end of the book. It combines a great story with age-appropriate apologetics and is endorsed by best-selling authors Emily and Jeff Cavins as well as Bishop Zipfel.

Amazing Grace for Married Couples: 12 Life-Changing Stories of Renewed Love (Amazing Grace)
By Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto, Patti Armstrong
Amazing Grace for Married Couples will deepen your commitment to marriage like no other book. This is a collection of inspiring stories about renewed relationships that were once on the brink of disaster. While most people would have written these couples off as hopelessly incompatible, through the grace of God, they overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Amazing Grace for Families: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration, & Humor (Amazing Grace)
By Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto, Patti Armstrong
The word family brings to mind thoughts of joy, sacrifice, affection, hardship, and humor. Yet it is love that defines what it means to be a family, and it is this same love that gives a family their purpose. In bearing witness to the mystery of the love of Christ, the family becomes the domestic sanctuary of the Church.

Amazing Grace For Fathers
From Catholic Word
Amazing Grace for Fathers celebrates the power of fatherhood — and that power is love. The love of our fathers on earth reflects the infinite love of God, our heavenly Father, from which all fatherly guidance, discipline, and protection flows.

Amazing Grace for Mothers: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration & Humor
By Patti Maguire Armstrong, Emily Cavins, Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto
Amazing Grace for Mothers will lift your heart and send your spirit soaring. You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will be refreshed by stories of love, inspiration, miracles, and God’s amazing grace.

Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
Canon Law on Marriage
Pope John Paul II on “The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World”



Need to know more about divorce and annulments? Find out here.

Interested in learning more about marriage issues, like Contraception and Infertility or Homosexual Relationships? Visit the Moral Issues page of our site.

Struggling with Pornography in your marriage? Find out how to help your marriage here.