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All marriages have challenges, but for Catholic couples preparing for remarriage, these challenges are unique. The spouses will have gone through the death of a partner or divorce and will have been deeply affected by these experiences. And often remarriage involves the blending of families, a challenge in and of itself.
Here the authors, as practicing Catholic clinicians, share their personal and professional experiences, as well as insightful recommendations for couples who are re-marrying. They seamlessly blend real-life stories, common sense, and the spiritual and sacramental values of the Catholic Church.
Topics include: 1) marriage as a sacramental vocation; 2) ways to handle loss and grief issues after a marriage ends (due to divorce or death); 3) tips on self-forgiveness and reconciliation; 4) frank discussion of issues all couples must face; and 5) how to build and grow a healthy relationship. The book also addresses issues related to children dependent minor through adult age and how they respond to a parent s remarriage.
This is an excellent guide for all couples who want to re-marry in the Church but aren t quite sure how to proceed.
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Joseph Sclafani, PhD, is a psychology faculty member at the University of Tampa. He is author of The Educated Parent (ABC/Clio) and works in the St. Petersburg diocesan remarriage ministry.
Linda Sclafani, LCSW, MSW, is a clinician who has worked with children and families as well as aging populations. She also works in the St. Petersburg diocesan remarriage ministry. They have been happily married for twenty years.
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