My thoughts turn to families in our own diocese who have welcomed the birth of a child during this past year and to those who are expecting a baby in the near future – Bishop Kevin Doran.
“Being married seems to add an extra layer of commitment and stability to a relationship,” said Professor Patricia Casey.
Children will be aware of tensions between parents but "it’s better not to have rancorous and fractious conflict in front of them because they’ll be upset by it".
Catholic family support groups in dioceses and parishes might not only assist with marriage preparation, but also with supporting couples immediately following marriage.
Women's Aid, which works to combat domestic violence, appeals to young women to know the difference between 'safe' and 'sinister' on Valentine's Day.
‘The Simplest Prayer’ includes practical advice on meditation and simple reflections for times of anxiety, weak faith, troubled conscience and letting go.