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5 Ways to Love Your Wife

The state of marriage is one which requires more virtue and constancy than any other; it is a perpetual exercise in mortification."- St. Francis de Sales "He who loves his wife loves himself." Ephesians 5:28 I married a wonderful woman. She's beautiful, hilarious, generous, and incredibly strong. (I've watched her give birth. Trust me, she's strong.) The longer I'm married...

J.R.R. Tolkien: Husband and Father

Best known for his fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien is probably better known by members of his family for his profound example of true fatherhood. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His life growing up there and then later in England would prove to be one of the...

Get Married, Young Man, Part 2: What is Marriage?

This post is part of a series on dating and marriage. In the previous post, I wrote about the importance of dating intentionally--- that is, dating with the clear goal of marriage. But before we go any further, I believe it is important to define what a true, sacramental marriage actually is, especially in light of the rampant confusion about its...

Get Married, Young Man, Part 1: Dating to Marry

This post is part of a series on dating and marriage. For years now, I've had an interested in World War II. I especially love reading first hand accounts of battle from the heroic and courageous men who fought in this war, such as those contained in books by Marcus Brotherton and Stephen Ambrose. But stories of valor aside, I'm always entertained by...

Get Married Young Man

This month, my wife and I celebrate our third anniversary. Laura is the best thing that has happened to me, and I count myself incredibly blessed to share my life with a woman who is beautiful, incredibly funny, virtuous and holy, industrious, strong, unfailingly cheerful, and a wonderful mother to our children. Before I met Laura, though, I confess I didn't always have...