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Biblical Sexual Ethics Workshop

July 14th, 2014 Comments off

Sponsored by the Salt and Light Council

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse will be speaking July 22,  6-7pm PST8-9pm CST9-10pm EST.,  on The Marriage Debate and the Sexual Revolution.”

Place: Join.Me meeting: https://join.me/SaltandLightCouncil

REQUIREMENTS: This will be a nationwide, Join.Me meeting from The Salt & Light Council (SLC) office hosted by Dran Reese, SLC President. Viewers will need a computer and a phone line. Space is limitied. First come, first served. Invite your church or group and watch it together.

Jennifer is a Senior Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute and regular contributor to National Review Online and The National Catholic Register. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. Until recently, Jennifer was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She has been on the faculty of Yale University and George Mason University, and is the author of Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work. Jennifer was named as “one of the top nine Catholics of 2013” by Our Sunday Visitor News Weekly.

101 Tips for a Happier Marriage – book review

July 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Reviewed by Julie Dortch Cragin, wife, mother of six, manager of St. Mary’s Bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, and author of Bless My Child, Jesus at My Side, and Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces.

101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other
“The whole point of this book,” write its authors, “is that you can improve your marriage, even if your spouse doesn’t change a bit.” In a time when strong marriages seem to be an exception, couples young and old can benefit from learning ways to refresh their relationships and to bring joy back into their commitments. Remember that first year of married bliss? Wouldn’t we all like that year to last a lifetime? Read more…

Love & Economics: the Basis for the Ruth Institute

July 1st, 2014 Comments off
Dr. Morse's seminal work, Love & Economics

Dr. Morse’s seminal work, Love & Economics

You may not realize this, but Dr. Morse’s book, Love and Economics, is the basis for all of our work here at the Ruth Institute. The story of why she wrote the book is endearing. It’s about the Morse’ four year infertility crisis, Dr. Morse’s return to the Catholic faith, and the “controlled experiment,” that God placed in front of her so that she could understand the precise mechanism of why moms and dads matter to a free society. Watch this video of why she wrote the book–you will laugh and learn something new: Read more…

Dr J on Relevant Radio on Tuesday

June 30th, 2014 Comments off

I will be discussing this story tomorrow on Relevant Radio with Drew Mariani, at 12:15 Pacific Time.

Drew Mariani of Relevant Radio

Drew Mariani of Relevant Radio

More than half of millennial women aged 26 to 31 who have babies are either unmarried or single instead of part of a married couple, according to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University.

 Fifty-seven percent of children born to millennial women are born out of wedlock, and 63 percent are born to women lacking a college education, according to the Hopkins study, entitled “Changing Fertility Regimes and the Transition to Adulthood.”

In fact, the only group that primarily follows a more traditional marriage-before-children pattern are college graduates, 90 percent of whom have children within marriage, the study found.

“It is now unusual for non-college graduates who have children in their teens and twenties to have all of them within marriage.”

What do I have to say about it?  Tune in and find out!

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“Emulating Somebody” graduation gift

June 13th, 2014 Comments off

JRMGradCardThese graduation cards/ pamphlets feature Dr. Morse’s stellar graduation speech given a few years ago at Providence Academy in Minnesota.

Students aren’t prone to remember much of the graduation speeches they hear, which is often a shame. Not remembering the words of Dr. Morse is a tragedy!

Get this heavy-duty card for all the graduating seniors in your life. They will be sure to treasure it and continue being inspired by it for years to come. Find it here.

101 Tips for a Happier Marriage–a review

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

by Matt Archbold

Posted on Creative Minority Report on June 5, 2014.

I read 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other (Ave Maria Press), by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes.

I posted something about this on Facebook a while ago but now I’m telling you. It’s not a book that works to defend marriage as an institution. It’s a book to help you make your marriage happier. Read more…

Celebrities Endorse a New Product: Children as Commodities

May 23rd, 2014 Comments off

COMMENTARY: Redefining marriage and family at the recent Fertility Planit conference in Los Angeles.

by JENNIFER ROBACK MORSE

This article was first published April 18, 2014, at ncregister.com.

Men and women on the front lines of the culture war have been saying for some time that the next step after redefining marriage will be redefining parenthood. The next arena for “choice,” they predicted, will be not just the negative “choice” of deciding to not be a mother, but the positive “choice” to become a mother. “When I am good and ready to become a parent,” the mantra will become, “I am entitled to have my dream baby, on my own terms.” Read more…

What our students are accomplishing

May 17th, 2014 Comments off

A report from Dr. Morse, pictured at left, looking like a proud momma!

When I founded the Ruth Institute back in 2008, I had a dream. I wanted to see students building a climate favorable to marriage on their own campuses. I envisioned religiously serious students of all denominations founding clubs and speaking out. My speeches, writings, and radio programs, as well as the annual student leadership conference, It Takes a Family to Raise a Village (ITAF), were all vehicles for helping them.

Now, five years later, Ruth Institute students are doing exactly the sorts of things we hoped they would do. Read more…

Why the ‘Son of God’ Movie Does Not Deserve Our Support

March 28th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published March 11, 2014, at ChristianPost.com.

Despite its box office success, the Son of God movie isn’t very good. Despite its widespread endorsement by Christian leaders, it is not faithful to the Scriptures. Watching this film reminded me of my dealings with seriously disturbed children. Read more…

Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

March 13th, 2014 Comments off

by Michael O. Garvey

A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday (March 17) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Read more…