My husband and I are both uncomfortable with organized religion. I must admit, though: those Catholics do know a thing or two about love. Three years later, we still sometimes turn to our Pre-Cana workbook. It provokes discussion, and enables us to communicate about our marriage in ways that never would have occurred to us without it (um, rationally and maturely). But you don't have to sit through a marriage prep course in order to glean valuable lessons from a wiser-than-thou Catholic priest. Because Father Pat Connor—a Catholic priest for more than 50 years—has finally written the book on love.
The first thing you need to know is that Dan asked me to marry him while we were brushing our teeth. We had been together for almost 10 years at that point, living together for five, and we had plenty of people despairing as to whether we would ever get around to tying the knot. We finally settled matters after flossing. Big romantic gestures? Not our thing. We like to lie around eating ice cream straight from the container and watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia reruns. But then we jumped into planning mode for the wedding, a day that's supposed to be nothing but romantic moments and symbolic traditions. And even two cynics like ourselves couldn't help getting caught up in all the excitement. But when it came to walking being a bride and walking down the aisle, did I want my father to give me away?
An Australian-British couple almost missed their wedding in London after the volcanic ash stranded them in Dubai. But determined to make the best of things, Sean Murtagh and his Aussie bride Natalie Mead rounded up the best clothes they could find in their suitcases and tied the knot in Dubai. Back in London, their family and friends watched their nuptials and cheered them on via webcam.
When Elizabeth Gilbert's foreign-born lover was threatened with permanent exile from the United States, she vowed to marry him so that he could attain U.S. citizenship, and so that they could spend the rest of their lives together. But first, she had to come to terms with the institution of marriage itself, an arrangement that had failed her in the past, leaving her loath to ever marry again. Over the course of writing "Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage," the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" finds that there are many reasons to fly in the face of present-day, negative divorce statistics and commit...and none of them have to do with shared health benefits, joint tax returns or life insurance payout.
While you may know that love usually doesn't come with a guaranteed fairy-tale ending, you probably are still holding out for, or trying to have your marriage live up to, the idea of truly passionate and romantic love. Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake, M.D., authors of the new release Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream -- And How They're Paying For It, are here to change your mind, or at least tell you why "happily ever after" hasn't quite happened to them. Read: Marrying "Up" AOL Health: Can you explain the theory that your book is based on -- the idea that women will be better off in the long run if they marry for money?
Stubborn love can drive a wedge between a man's competing passions, forcing him to make torturous decisions. As the old adage goes, you can't have your cake and eat it too. In this case, you can't marry the woman you long for and remain a priest in the Roman Catholic church. That's the thorny predicament in which Miami-based celebrity priest, Father Alberto Cutie , finds himself as YourTango told you on March 7.
After checking out ConjugalHarmony.com, a mock online dating site feigning to connect prisoners with those on the outside, we gave this phenomenon some closer inspection. The result? There are clearly a bunch of things wrong with dating a prisoner... but there are also some potential perks.
Amy Borkowsky, who lists her age as "somewhere between Carrie and Samantha," is looking for Mr. Right, and what better way to reach a large pool of potential mates than during the XY's must-see televised event? She's been campaigning on her website SuperBowlSingleGirl hoping to raise approximately $3 million for the ad spot. Borkowsky has so far raised a mere thousand dollars and only a few open slots during the big game remain, but the innovative singleton is hopeful an advertiser might like her cause and feature her in an ad, if she's unable to buy one herself.
They say fourth time's a charm for always-a-bride Jennifer Lopez. Her former husbands Ojani Noa (one) and Cris Judd (two) would know. Jenny's current husband Marc Anthony can now claim third and fourth place, since the couple renewed their vows last weekend, according to "People" magazine. JLo clearly takes the cake for most marriages, but Marc, serial vow-renewer, seems to be breaking records himself. He and his first wife of four years, former Miss Universe Dayanara Delgado, also renewed their wedding vows in December of 2002. Their divorce was soon to follow in 2004. Four days after it was finalized, Jen and Marc were married in a secret wedding.