Archive for the ‘Marriage’ Category

Getting married young? It’s good for your mental health

January 31st, 2014 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story: More religiously conservative protestants? More divorce, study finds

In an effort to discover why red states have higher divorce rates than many blue states, researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Iowa compared select county divorce statistics against information on Protestant congregations in those counties.  They discovered, according to the LA Times, that “Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them.”  The researchers blame this in part on young marriage, which they say occurs more often in conservative Protestant counties where “[p]harmacies might not give out emergency contraception” and “[s]chools might only teach abstinence education.”  W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and editorial advisor for The Family in America, commented that the findings were “surprising.”

Wilcox also pointed out, however, something that the media barely touches upon in their reports: that the study “also showed that more ‘secularism’ – people not adhering to any religious tradition – was also linked to higher rates of divorce.” Read more…

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Betsy Kerekes on “The Drew Mariani Show”

January 29th, 2014 Comments off

(January 28, 2014) Betsy Kerekes is Drew Mariani’s guest on his eponymous show, where they discussed marriage–how to have a better one, Ruth’s recent publication “101 Tips for a Happier Marriage,” and related questions. Order the book on Amazon, or check out the store at our website–it makes a great wedding gift.

Oh, and the conference Drew and Betsy mentioned? It’s called “Healing the 21st Century Family.” One day in Carlsbad, California, full of encouragement, healing, and inspiration–and not a polar vortex in sight. Check out our website for the details.

Save up to marry or marry to save up?

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Delayed marriage and its negative ramifications–Here is yet another issue that we will be tackling at the “Healing the 21st Century Family” conference on  February 15, 2014. Click here for more information.

Young adults are marrying after achieving education, career and finance goals rather than building a life around marriage. Read more…

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Book Review: 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage

January 14th, 2014 Comments off
by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

101 Tips for a Happier MarriageI usually avoid marriage-help books like the plague because, in general, I find them far removed from the reality of married life. “Theology of the Body” is beautiful and the ideal, but at least in my sixteen years of experience, has relatively little to do with the ins and outs of getting up every day, taking care of a house and children, and staying married. Read more…

Make your marriage happier with 101 tips from the Ruth Institute

December 11th, 2013 Comments off

If you are looking for practical, concrete ways to improve your marriage, be sure to check out the newly released book, 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. Read more…

Marriage Through the Eyes of a Child

December 9th, 2013 Comments off


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seems to be taking to heart Jesus’ admonition that we must become like children if we’re to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18).

The bishops recently published a pamphlet: “Life Matters: Explaining the Reality of Marriage to Family and Friends.” Read more…

Marry Young

December 9th, 2013 Comments off

I got married at 23. What are the rest of you waiting for?

These days, young married couples are an anomaly. In pop culture, they usually get married at a surprise wedding: Think Andy and April in Parks and Recreation or Jessa and Thomas-John (who’s not really young) in Girls. Before the bouquet toss, viewers were counting down to the divorce episode, probably because celebrities have taught us that it won’t last. Britney Spears’ first marriage was annulled within hours, and she racked up a second divorce before age 26. At age 22, Jessica Simpson scored a reality television show about her marriage to Nick Lachey: The couple divorced three seasons (er, years) later. Is it any wonder the world scoffed at Miley Cyrus’ plan for three weddings? Read more…

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101 Tips for a Happier Marriage–another review

December 7th, 2013 Comments off

from Stuart’s Study

101 Tips for a Happier Marriage is a brief, but efficient book that provides the reader with 101 practical tips on a happy marriage. The tips are arranged thematically under headings such as “Adjust Your Attitude” or “Get It Done Without Drama.” I appreciate that as it makes for an easier and more systematic read. You might need a specific section of the book at a certain time, and you don’t want to spend an hour thumbing through the book to find the tip you are looking for. Read more…

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81 years married and loving it

December 2nd, 2013 Comments off

by Tamara Rajakariar

Among all the doom and gloom about the state of marriage these days, it’s nice to celebrate a heart-warming story once in a while. Meet John and Ann Betar, who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary last week – making them the longest-married couple in America. And how happy they look to still be together!

The video can do the talking, but here are some of their words of wisdom about keeping their love young: Read more…

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101 Tips For A Happier Marriage

November 30th, 2013 Comments off

from The Garden Window

101 Tips for a Happier Marriage by Jennifer Roback Morse & Betsy Kerekes
Published 28 October 2013 by Ave Maria Press
None of us have a perfect marriage; we are all flawed and imperfect people yet so many of us married couples seem to expect far higher standards from our spouses than we do from ourselves – me included!

This is a simple and short book of 101 effective tips on how to make your marriage stronger and both of you happier, by accepting that only God is perfect and that we all need to cut each other a little slack and communicate better. Marriage is good for us individually and collectively, as a couple, as a family and as a society and we should all be making every effort possible to support, help and encourage each other to make our marriages stronger. Read more…

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