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Your Handy-Dandy List to Matrimony Resources

We are so excited about our next prayer campaign, which is set to begin on May 1! The title of the campaign is 40 Days for Sacred Matrimony. We couldn’t think of a better   way to announce the campaign than to come up with a list of great marriage resources for you all to visit, peruse, bookmark, or share. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to see our daily petition buttons for you to share on your walls, to tweet, or to use in your own blog posts. We’d like to thank all our friends, and fellow contributors who helped us compile the list of intentions that make this campaign complete.

 

RESOURCES:

Church Documents:

Canon Law on Marriage

Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

CCC on Marriage

Dignitas Cannubii

U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral LetterMarriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan

National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage

Marriage and the Family in the United States: Resources for Society

Books:

Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards by Dr. Ray Guarendi

Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love by Dietrich Von Hildebrand

Amazing Grace for Married Couples: 12 Life-Changing Stories of Renewed Love by Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto, and Patti Armstrong

Life-Giving Love: Embracing God’s Beautiful Design for Marriage by Kimberly and Scott Hahn

Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage by Kimberly Hahn

Three to Get Married by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

A Catholic Handbook for Engaged and Newly Married Couples by Frederick Marks

Husband and Wife by Father Paul Wickens

Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be by Father Larry Richards

Created to be His Help Meet: Discover How You can Make Your Marriage Glorious by Debi Pearl

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

Courage to Love by Gerald Foley

Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

Saint Gianna, Wife, Mother, Doctor by Pietro Molla

Chastity and Courtship

Angela’s Song by Catholic Sistas contributor and author, AnnMarie Creedon

Arms of Love by Carmen Marcoux

Surrender by Carmen Marcoux

Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship by Catholic Sistas contributor and author, Ellen Gable

Websites:

For Your Marriage – An initiative by the USCCB

Divorce and Remarriage – Scripture Catholic

Marriage, Unique for a Reason

The Alexander House

Retrouvaille

Articles

Five Challenges and Five Opportunities

What does the Church say about contraception?

The Catholic Family Handbook by Father George Kelley

100 Ways to Make Your Marriage Mediocre

100 Ways to Make Your Marriage Rock

Testimonials

Five Characteristics of a Matrimonial Vocation

A Holy Family: Thoughts on Procreation and Christian Marriage

How to Change the World {Without Going to Africa}

Read more from our contributors on marriage.

40 Days of the Sanctity of Marriage prayer buttons

Slideshow, includes FB cover banner as first picture.

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911 for Your Marriage

Greg and Julie Alexander

Is your marriage in trouble? Is it healthy? Either way, I have a book to recommend: Marriage 911 by Greg and Julie Alexander.

I just read this book today and was so inspired by it. The Alexanders have an incredible story of God’s grace bringing their marriage back from the brink of death. Even though I had heard their story years ago from their own lips, I was captivated by reading it in their book.

They chronicle their history together, starting as your “normal” secular couple who cohabitated before getting married, then down the path of destruction that selfishness and the world led them down, before finally seeing God’s outstretched hand and taking it.They pull no punches and discreetly but candidly share the reality of the bad decisions they made leading up to their resurrection.

Along the way, they share the insights they’ve gained into what makes a marriage work. Not only do they have first-hand knowledge from their own marriage, but they also draw on their years of mentoring and counseling other couples whose relationships are in trouble.

After Christ saved their marriage and family, He called them to a unique mission, which became The Alexander House, an apostolate to help people learn God’s plan for marriage. I was amazed when I read about how close their apostolate came to never making it. And how close Julie almost came to not making it, after suffering a shocking heart attack. But I won’t give these great parts away.

Just reading the book made me ask myself how well I have been loving my wife. The Alexanders are right: it’s easy to take your spouse for granted. And even a good marriage, as Katie and I are blessed with, needs constant work and attention to keep it healthy.

The book alternate chapters first from Greg’s perspective, then from Julie’s, making it varied and fun to read.

On a personal note, we got to know Greg and Julie while living in Austin. A kinder and humbler couple you cannot find. I had hoped for their mission’s success and knew of some of the tribulations they were facing. So I was overjoyed when I learned their work was starting to take off, knowing that countless people would be blessed from hearing their story and getting in contact with them.

Whether your marriage is strong or ailing, I can’t recommend their book highly enough.