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Why I have the Best Wife in the Known Universe

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Just this week I celebrated the seventh anniversary of my marriage to my incredible wife Stephanie. Not according to our plan, but God’s, we were married on 07/07 of 2007. So, with all these sevens I thought it appropriate to reflect back on a marriage that is as near to perfect as I think is possible. Here are seven reasons I propose my wife as the best wife in the known universe: She always says... Read More

How Do the Two Become One?

February 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Marriage Spirituality, The Alexanders

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are pleased to introduce Greg and Julie Alexander.  Greg and Julie are co-founders and co-directors of The Alexander House Apostolate, a Catholic, lay apostolate – based in San Antonio – dedicated to proclaiming the beauty, goodness and truth of God’s plan for marriage.  They’ve helped thousands of couples heal and restore their marriage relationships,... Read More

Is there Anything Wrong with Remaining Childless?

November 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Drs. Franks, Featured, Marriage Spirituality

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Dear Angela and David, there was an article in TIME Magazine a few months ago about how a “childfree” life is so fulfilling. I’m recently married, and I have to confess that I’m scared about having kids. Is there anything wrong with remaining childless if one doesn’t contracept in order to do it? Angela says:  The TIME article is called “The Childfree Life.” Its main point is that... Read More

Should I Grow Closer to Mary as a Wife and Mother? I Feel Distant

October 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Drs. Franks, Featured, Marriage Spirituality

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Q.  Dear Angela and David, as a wife and mother, I’ve always thought that I should find Mary to be a spiritual example. But instead, I really feel distant from her. She’s sinless, and I’m not. Should I be trying to grow closer to her, and, if so, how? A.  What a beautiful and honest question. We have both grown tremendously in our love for Our Blessed Mother. One of us, Angela, is a cradle... Read More

Introducing Drs. Angela and David Franks

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Today, spiritualdirection.com is very blessed and excited to introduce two theologians who are going to answer questions for us and explore the sacramental graces of marriage from the standpoint of shared spirituality and marital intimacy.  They not only talk the talk, they walk the walk!  Drs. Angela and David Franks met in school and are married to each other.  They truly live their marriage bond... Read More

Marriage Spirituality Index – A List of Marriage Spirituality Posts

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Marriage Spirituality Index Dear Friends, I thought it might be helpful to provide an index to our marriage spirituality posts for you.  Here are the current list of posts to date: Posts by Greg and Julie Alexander: How Do the Two Become One? Posts by Drs. Angela and David Franks: Should I Grow Closer to Mary as a Wife and Mother?  I Feel Distant Is there Anything Wrong with Remaining Childless? Posts... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part III of III)

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In our last post we considered the power of God’s love as the ground of married love.   In this post, we will ponder the divine love which looks on marriage with resurrected eyes, and delve deeper into the kind of prayer faithful marriage requires. Resurrected Eyes.  The Gospels invite us to contemplate all marriage, even difficult and failed marriages, with resurrected eyes.  This is a perspective... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part II of III)

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In the last post we looked at St. Hildegard’s vision in which hell is at war with marriage.   In this war, human cleverness and resourcefulness are of limited value.  Only God can hold together what He has joined.   In this post, we will ponder the power of God’s love as the ground of married love. The Power of God’s Merciful Love.  The merciful love of the Father is the mysterious... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part I of III)

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Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận exhorted the faithful while he was in prison, “If you desire peace, you will have to fight continuously.” This constant struggle is true not only for the heart but also for the sacredness of marriage. Our culture has come to despise the faithful love of husband and wife. Anyone who advocates for this ancient institution is an object of derision. Yet... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part I of III)

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Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận exhorted the faithful while he was in prison, “If you desire peace, you will have to fight continuously.”  This constant struggle is true not only for the heart but also for the sacredness of marriage.  Our culture has come to despise the faithful love of husband and wife.   Anyone who advocates for this ancient institution is an object of... Read More

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