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  • Should We or Shouldn't We Live Together?
    In the sixties, my generation called it “shacking up.” Today it’s called “living together,” and academics call it “cohabitation.” In this article I’ll be using the latter two terms to describe why more and more couples are choosing to live together before marriage.
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  • A Self-Examination Tool for Engaged Couples
    Unresolved concerns and questions related to a couple’s religious and cultural differences can seriously compromise marital satisfaction. This statement is especially true with regard to interreligious, intercultural couples.
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  • Getting Past Couple Gridlock
    Father Charles, I was raised Greek Orthodox and I married a man who was raised Catholic. After one year of marriage, we have been struggling with the following major question: In which religion will we raise our future children?
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  • Where Will Our Children Be Baptized and Raised?  Part I
    “I’m so upset. . . . I’m Greek Orthodox and he isn’t. . . . Until recently we were thinking about starting a family. But that’s been put on hold until we figure out where the children will be baptized and raised. . . . If we can’t get past this issue, I’m afraid of what this will mean for us and our future. . . .. Can you help?” An Upset E-mail Respondent
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  • Where Will Our Children Be Baptized and Raised?  Part II
    Couples who talk about the baptisms of their future children before marriage generally find these discussions to be profitable. They maintain that open, respectful and prayerful discussion works best.
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  • Life's Circumstances Can Make You Bitter or Better
    The other day, I had occasion to meet informally with a couple who’d been married for 51 years. By their own admission, their journey together was littered with a number of setbacks and challenges related to finances, health, parenting and extended family.
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  • The Three Rs:  Recognition, Remorse and Repair
    The other day I was working with a couple who were especially angry at each other. Try as I did to get them to focus on something other than their anger, nothing I did and said seemed to resonate.
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  • Three Powerful Words:  "I Am Sorry"
    I recently worked with a couple who initially made some marked progress in therapy and then just as quickly slipped back into some old destructive patterns.
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  • Avoid Arguments Related to Your Religious Differences:  Ten Strategies
    When Couples Get Locked in a War of Words What often begins as a harmless exchange between spouses over their ethnic and religious differences can quickly escalate into a serious argument that is characterized by lots of destructive criticism, contempt, and perhaps even defensiveness.