Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Jun 29, 2020 3:09:43 PM

Looking for new ideas or resources to engage your faith or your ministry? Here are our weekly curated links, including offerings in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun. 

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Topics: marriage, multiculturalism, resources, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources

And the Nominees Are . . . Marriage Story

Posted by Anna Keating on Feb 3, 2020 8:30:00 PM

Editorial Note: The following is an excerpt from an essay entitled A Story of Divorce as Self-Realization originally published by Church Life Journal on January 13, 2020. This review contains spoilers.

I cannot stop thinking about Noah Baumbach’s film, Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver as Charlie, and Scarlett Johansson as his soon to be ex-wife Nichole. Real marriages, marriages of equals that have lasted more than a handful of years, not sitcom marriages played for laughs, are rarely given this much attention on the silver screen. It is perhaps difficult to capture the little moments that make up a shared life, but Baumbach captures them beautifully. Here is Nichole cutting Charlie’s hair. Here is Charlie cooking her dinner, or opening up the blankets so their son, Henry, can be comforted after a bad dream.

In a country where a million people file for divorce every year there are surprisingly few films about it in which neither partner gets turned into a cartoon villain or quickly written out of the script. In Marriage Story there are no villains, just two very imperfect humans struggling to find their “aliveness” and a sense of worth. . . . 

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Topics: Culture, Academy Awards, divorce, Best Picture nominees, marriage, Oscars, Marriage Story

Christian Marriage and Family Life as Leaven in the World

Posted by Tierney Vrdolyak on Aug 7, 2019 7:06:00 AM

This past June, Archbishop José Gomez visited the University of Notre Dame to address Catholic leaders from around the country who were on campus for Liturgy Week and other conferences hosted by the McGrath Institute for Church Life. In keeping with Liturgy Week’s theme, “Liturgy and the Domestic Church,” the Archbishop’s talk centered on the importance of the family and the need to discover ways that the Church can nourish and support family life.

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Topics: family life, marriage, Archbishop José Gomez

What Christ the Bridegroom teaches us about marriage

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Apr 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM

For first century Jews, it must have been strange when Christ, a wife-less celibate, identified himself as a bridegroom. Dr. Brant Pitre, professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute, takes up this topic in his talk Christ as Bridegroom, outlining the various ways in which Christ demonstrates and models spousal love to the Church, as evident in Scripture.

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Topics: Holy Thursday, Jesus Christ, marriage, Sacrament of Matrimony, sacraments, Scripture, salvation history

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