Troubled Marriages

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Programs, Resources, & Retreats

Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille is a program designed to provide help and support to married couples who are undergoing difficulties in their relationship, for those who are hurting in brokenness and loneliness. It has also proven helpful to couples who are separated and divorced. Although Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin, couples from all or no faith traditions are welcome to attend. For further information, call Kieran & Dacia Gutting with Retrouvaille of St. Louis at 314.283.5055.

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The Third Option

The love between a man and a woman is beautiful. But most struggling couples see only two options: Painful marriage or divorce. Please know that there is a Third Option, A way to a better, renewed marriage. For more information, please visit their website by clicking the button below.

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The Institute for Marital Healing

The mission of the Institute for Marital Healing is to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. Through a combination of online resources, educational programs and publications, the Institute employs a time-tested approach to marital therapy that recognizes the importance of both science and faith in the process of marital healing.

Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide

The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide is a powerful DVD series to help separated and divorced Catholics find peace, power, and renewed passion for life. This 12-week program features 30-minute DVD shows each week, covering topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness and much more, as well as discussion opportunities.  Whether you were divorced ten days ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone.  

 

Books for Those in Troubled Marriages

Courage to Love... When Your Marriage Hurts - Gerald Foley
Building on the experience of Retrouvaille, a successful church-sponsored ministry, this book focuses on building relationships. It invites couples to reconciliation, to rebuilding trust, to learning the skills necessary for healthy communication, and to growing spiritually through the lived reality of married life. 

Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage - Greg and Julie Alexander
Greg and Julie Alexander thought divorce was the only way out of their lifeless, loveless marriage. Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the church, and as they began to incorporate these truths into their lives, they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. Marriage 911 chronicles their journey back from the brink of divorce to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith. 

 

Anti-Pornography

Programs

Covenant Eyes: Protecting Your Family Online - Covenant Eyes is an internet accountability and filtering service. It equips people and families with tools to escape pornography and form positive habits online in order to create healthy families and a culture of accountability in our churches. To protect families and individuals from the temptations on the web, Covenant Eyes offers a software program for personal computers for filtering information. For more information or to purchase Covenant Eyes Software, call 877.479.1119 (toll free), email resources@covenanteyes.com, or visit http://www.covenanteyes.com.

RECLAiM: God's Plan for Sexual Health - Offers an anonymous, science-based, Catholic Online Recovery Program, and provides resources for those who desire to reclaim God's plan for their lives, and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other unhealthy sexual behaviors.

Books & Audio

Breaking Free: 12 Steps to Sexual Purity for Men - Steve Wood
This booklet offers practical assistance, not only to overcome, but also to prevent an addiction to pornography. (This is also available on ebook, MP3, and CD.) To order, please visit http://www.familylifecenterstore.net/pornography-freedom/

Defeating Satan's Deadly Weapon Against Men - Jeff Cavins
Pornography has become pervasive in our culture - a true plague, infecting nearly every corner of our society. Its disastrous effects are seen in sexual addiction, ruined marriages, and shattered lives. Jeff Cavins notes that many men struggle with pornography. With great insight, he shows how we can fight pornography's devastating influence and chart a course to true Christian purity.

Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity - Matt Fradd
Deliverance from pornography is possible and these true stories prove it. 

Detox - Jason Evert
Within every heart is a battlefield between love and lust. In this presentation, Jason Evert discusses the strategies necessary to win the war and uproot the vice of pornography once and for all.

The Pornography Plague and the Path to Christian Purity - Jeff Cavins
Pornography has become pervasive in our culture - a true plague, infecting nearly every corner of our society. Its disastrous effects are seen in sexual addiction, ruined marriages, and shattered lives. Jeff Cavins notes that many men struggle with pornography. With great insight, he shows how we can fight pornography's devastating influence and chart a course to true Christian purity.

Pure of Heart: Breaking Free from Porn  (CD) - Jason Evert
With Pure of Heart in your corner, you'll finally have the tools, the guidance, and the motivation you need to break free of an addiction to pornography for good.

Taking Down Goliath: Five Strategies to Get Porn Out of Your Life (CD) - Matt Fradd
In his powerful CD, Taking Down Goliath, Apologist and Speaker, Matt Fradd uses his infectious and engaging speaking style to help you with five strategies to get porn out of your life. 

The Ugly Truth: Two Former Insiders Expose the Reality Behind the Porn Industry (CDs) - Matt Fradd
The Ugly Truth is an edifying listening: a sobering answer to porn’s lies and a powerful exhortation to pray for the many men and women caught within its snare.

Winning the Battle for Sexual Purity - Christopher West
In this CD, Christopher West addresses the struggles in the area of sexual purity and lust that many, if not most, men face.

 

Novena to Saints Joachim and Ann

Saints Joachim and Ann, grandparents of Jesus and parents of Mary, we seek your intercession. We beg you to direct all our actions to the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. Strengthen us when we are tempted, console us during our trials, help us when we are in need, be with us in life and in death.

O divine Savior, we thank you for having chosen Saints Joachim and Ann to be parents of our Blessed Mother Mary and so to be your own beloved grandparents. We place ourselves under their patronage this day. We recommend to them our families, our children, and our grandchildren. Keep them from all spiritual and physical harm. Grant that they may ever grow in greater love of God and others.

Saint Joachim and Ann, we have many great needs. We beg you to intercede for us before the throne of your divine Grandson. All of us here have our own special intentions, our own special needs, and we pray that through your intercession, our prayers may be granted. Amen.