The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art and Laraine Bennett
Sophia Institute Press, 2008
Builds on the age-old concept of the four classic temperaments, offering wisdom designed for couples and guaranteed to improve your marital communication, intimacy, and happiness.
Love Is a Decision: A Marriage Enrichment Handbook by Charlie and Marty Coe
White Oak Communications, 2009
A practical, concise, how-to workbook designed to help married couples grow closer to each other and to their family members. Contains twenty-nine exercises that help couples to understand themselves better and improve their relationship.
Good News for Married Lovers: A Scriptural Path for Marriage Renewal by Father Charles Gallagher and Mary Seitz
Liguori Press, revised 2013
A priest with twenty-seven years’ experience in marriage renewal and a married Catholic lay woman present a program for marital problem-solving that is based solidly in Scripture.
First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity by Scott Hahn
Images Books, reprint 2006
Explores the intimate connection between the divine family (the Holy Trinity) and the families that men and women create on Earth. Hahn deepens readers’ understanding of the sacraments, teaches them how to create a family life in the image of the Trinity, and demonstrates the ways in which the analogy of the family applies to every aspect of the Catholic faith and its practices.
Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family Is Built by William E. May
Ignatius Press, 2nd ed., 2009
A well-structured look at the family and the role it must play in society.
What I Wish Someone Had Told Me about the First Five Years of Marriage by Roy Petitfils
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010
Roy Petitfils knows firsthand as a husband, father, and counselor that to have a lasting, fulfilling, and happy married life, a couple needs to plan, work hard, and dedicate themselves to making their marriage work. If couples can make it through the pivotal first five years of marriage, then the likelihood of making it through a lifetime together is significantly greater.
Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage by Gregory K. and Lisa Popcak
Ave Maria Press, 2013
Catholic therapist Dr. Greg Popcak and family life coach Lisa Popcak offer their own story and a master plan for creating and sustaining a Catholic marriage that will last a lifetime.
For Better Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak and Ronald David Lawler
Our Sunday Visitor, 1999
Explores the characteristics that create strong relationships and helps couples determine both their strengths and their weaknesses.
101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other by Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes
Ave Maria Press, 2013
Offers couples concise, practical, and at times humorous suggestions for creating and sustaining a more joyful, peace-filled marriage that is steeped in the beauty and mystery of Catholic faith. The book is designed to help Catholic couples improve their relationships by making small changes in their habits, attitudes, and spirituality.
Men, Women and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007
The author emphasizes the down-to-earth nature of love and responsibility, helping readers to appropriate practical information on such topics as determining if a relationship is one of authentic love, he problem of pornography, the meaning of friendship, and achieving greater intimacy in marriage
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? By Gary L. Thomas
Zondervan, rev. ed. 2015
What married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. The book offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today’s marriages.
The Alexander House
Promotes the dignity of every man and woman so that the sanctity and permanence of marriage may be realized and preserved.
Can We Cana?: A Community to Support Catholic Marriages
Supports Catholic marriages by offering tips for prayer and practical advice, by Karee Santos.
A Couple of Catholics
A blog about faith, intentional living, and the joys and struggles of married life, by Patrick and Nicole Padley.
Marriage Programs, Resources, and Tools
Catholic Couple Checkup
An online couple inventory with discussion guide for couples to use as part of a larger program or on their own.
For Your Marriage
This website is full of information and resources for couples who want to have a successful, fulfilling marriage according to the teachings of the Church. It Is maintained by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
A Marriage Made for Heaven: The Secrets of Heavenly Couplehood
This 12-session program by Greg and Lisa Popcak of the Pastoral Solutions Institute helps couples apply the Catholic faith and the theology of the body to their marriages and daily lives Includes a scripted leader’s guide, brief DVD presentations by the Popcaks, and couples workbooks; can be done in small groups or as a couple
Partners on the Journey (Catholic Edition)
A Christian marriage enrichment series that combines a Catholic theology of marriage with findings from scientific research to offer couples both inspiration and practical help. Can be completed as part of a parish program or on your own as a couple.
Preparing to Live in Love
Parish-based retreats and workshops for married couples. Preparing to Live in Love seeks to renew the joy of being in love through the practical application of the Theology of the Body.
Six Dates for Catholic Couples
This program encourages couples to make a habit of scheduling date nights. The materials help spouses enjoy their dates and reflect on what their Christian marriage means to them. Can be done as part of a parish program or by couples on their own.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
A weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. Guided by a team of volunteer couples and a Roman Catholic priest, each participant explores his or her relationship with spouse and family.
Research Studies on marriage
The National Marriage Project (NMP) provides research and analysis on the health of marriage in America, to analyze the social and cultural forces shaping contemporary marriage, and to identify strategies to increase marital quality and stability. Several reports are available on various issues related to marriage & family life for those who wish to explore the social science data from the US and abroad is indicating. For example:
- Impact of Co-habitation on marriage
Before “I Do”: What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults? by Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley, the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia
- The State of Our Unions; Marriage in America 2012
This report examines the social indicators of marital health and well-being across America