A Catholic Handbook for Engaged and New Married Couples

A Catholic Handbook for Engaged and New Married Couples

by Frederick Marks


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940329260
Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2018
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Author's Preface to the Third Edition xi

Abbreviations xiii

Foreword xvii

Chapter 1 Introduction to Matrimony 1

Chapter 2 Preparation 7

Asking the Right Questions 7

Engagement 12

Your Wedding 14

Your First Night Together 15

Honeymooning 15

Settling Down 16

The Ten Commandments of Communication 18

In Sum 23

Chapter 3 Family Life 25

Learning to Adapt 25

Traditional and Non-Traditional Roles 27

The Spirit of Partnership 27

Keeping the Dating Spirit Alive 29

No Second Guessing 30

Giving the Benefit of the Doubt 30

Right to Privacy 31

Youngsters and Discipline 31

The Beauty of Schedules 33

Budgeting 34

In-Laws 36

Family Friends 38

The Children's Education 38

A Bright and Cheerful Home 40

Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience 40

The Missionary Spirit 43

Chapter 4 Spirituality 45

Prayer 46

The Sacraments 48

Matrimony 48

Reconciliation 49

Hell 50

Communion 52

Fasting and Abstinence 53

Apostolic Zeal 53

When You Pray 55

In Sum 56

Chapter 5 Catholic Sexual Ethics 57

Sex Is About Babies 58

Why Contraception is Wrong 58

The New Testament and Christian Tradition 59

The Church Fathers 60

Morality Does Not Change 60

The Consistency of Church Teaching 62

Contraception is Dangerous 63

The End Does Not Justify the Means 64

Every Child Is a Gift: from God 65

The Myth of Overpopulation 67

A Sense of Piety 69

Natural Family Planning 70

The Need for Sacrifice 72

Abortion is Murder 73

Marital Intercourse 75

Why Listen to the Church? 77

The Role of Conscience 79

Appendices 81

A The Case for Papal Teaching Authority 81

B Biblical Quotations on Chastity, Courtship, and Marriage 85

On Purity 85

Regarding a Wise Choice of Friends 86

On the Permanence of Marriage 89

On the Relationship Between Husbands and Wives 93

Prohibition of Same Sex Marriage 93

C More on Marriage 95

Impediments to Marriage 95

The Pauline Privilege 95

Mother Teresa to Engaged Couples 96

St Jeanne-Francoise de Chantal and Pope John Paul II on Chastity and Child-Bearing 96

Daily Prayer for a Married Couple 97

D Holy Communion 99

On the Eucharist 99

On Daily Communion 99

Proper Dress for Church 99

E Penance or the Sacrament of Reconciliation 101

Scriptural Basis 101

What is Sin? 101

Examples of Serious Sin 102

Ten Commandments 102

The Seven Capital Sins 102

Examination of Conscience 102

What One Says to the Priest in Confession 103

To Receive Communion 103

Opportunities for Mass and Confession 103

F Bearing Witness 105

G Heaven and Hell in the Bible 107

H Scriptural Basis for the Other Sacraments 109

I More on the Myth of Overpopulation 111

J Famous Orphans and Children from Large Families 115

K More on Annulment 119

L Names of Useful Organizations with Contact Information 121

Endnotes for Chapters and Appendices 123

Questionnaire for Engaged Couples 135

Index 141

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