Tag: relationships

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…

Is Pornography Cheating?

Yes. Oh, sorry…I guess I need to write more. Well, I guess I can explain it a little better. Girls can usually see this issue for what it is. We guys, on the other hand, rationalize, make excuses, or are just simply too addicted to our lust to admit what is staring at us from the computer screen. Pornography is…

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…

3 Reasons I’m Waiting ‘Til Marriage

I’m 29 and a virgin. No, I don’t have some incurable alien disease that causes people to shutter at the sight of me. No, I don’t have the sex drive of a grandma (unless it’s my grandma who had 11 kids). And, no, I’m not Tim Tebow’s girlfriend. In my past I was a former model, volleyball player, and valedictorian…

The Devil Wants You to Settle In Your Relationship

Besides choosing to give Christ my entire heart and life at 18 (after falling in love with Him in the Eucharist), the best decision I ever made was to wait 28 years for the man of my dreams. There were so many times I could’ve settled for a nice Catholic guy who treated me well and bored me to tears.…

Every Girl Deserves a “Bobby Angel”

Every Girl Deserves a “Bobby Angel”A few months ago, a lady came up to me after I sang at Mass and said to me, “You sing like an angel!” It then dawned on me: my last name is going to be “Angel.” “This is going to be ridiculous,” I thought. Not only does “Jackie Angel” sound like a made-up stage…

Become a Saint

I remember reading a book by Jason Evert while I was in seminary. I think it was If You Really Loved Me. One sentence in particular struck me and really changed my outlook concerning my vocation: The best thing you can do for your future spouse is to become a saint. We believe that all men and women are called…