Tag: Marriage

The Spousal Meaning of Your Body

  “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church.”  (Eph. 5:31-32) As my beloved toddler scrambles to attempt and contribute to this short blog, I ponder the above passage…

Ascension Presents: Marriage & Family

“Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion… They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘for ever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel…

My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale by Jackie Angel Also titled, “How you can marry the man of your dreams and still want to punch him in the face sometimes” A few years ago, as a single woman, I sat across from a young engaged couple at a Theology of the Body retreat during lunchtime. Curious about their “love…

Why Marriage Won’t Cure Your Porn Problem

  I wrote an article recently for Covenant Eyes on the subject of “Why Marriage Won’t Cure Your Porn Problem.” In a nutshell, we need to have cultivated discipline and mastery of self before we take our marital vows, not after.  There’s no magical power in the wedding ring; it isn’t forged in the fires of Mt. Doom or Mt. Virtue.…

I Didn’t Lose My Virginity When I Got Married

BY JACKIE ANGEL I’ve never punched someone in the face, but there are definitely times I wish I could ignore the virtue of self-control and let a fist fly. A few months before my wedding, someone asked me (knowing that I was a 29-year old virgin by choice), “So, is your fiancé a virgin, too?” I replied, “Nope.” She responded,…

Marriage: A Big, Beautiful Inconvenience

“So I’m over this whole engagement thing.” This has become my customary response to friends and co-workers lately. Some folks chuckle, while others give me a puzzled look. Eventually, though, everyone recognizes the message underlying the tone: I’m just ready to be married. Jackie and I aren’t living together before marriage for a multitude of reasons, and I have no…

Love Story: Real or Trouble?

Love Story: Real or Trouble By Jackie Francois I usually open up my girls’ sessions with having all the girls sing Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” For the last five years, girls from 6-12th grade have all excitedly sung this song with a deafening loudness that Andrea Bocelli could hear from Italy. I know that this song speaks to a woman’s…

Why Marriage?

I have several friends who are cohabitating with their significant others. I’m reading article after article lately about how “courtship is dead,” commitments are obsolete, and young people are simply not getting married anymore. In reflecting on all this, I asked myself the question, “Why am I saying ‘yes’ to marriage? Am I missing something?”Why marriage? Because it’s what we’re…