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The Art of A Happy Marriage

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Catalog Code: 09121417355-DI4-DIS

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Art of A Happy Marriage

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Early baby boom Catholic moral guidance, brief, authoritative and readable, by a priest who wrote seven such books well before the turbulent 1960s.  The chapters are all derived from his nationally syndicated newspaper column-carried in many a big-city newspaper!-and hold the answers to the 83 most frequently asked questions from Catholic married couples.


Back when it was the norm to see Catholic families of half a dozen or more children, marriage problems were not exactly unheard of. Nor were guidebooks. And John L. Thomas, S.J., wrote 7 all by himself. The most practical was this volume, which was derived from his extraordinarily popular Catholic newspaper column which appeared in 40 city and diocesan newspapers across America. Father Thomas provided detailed answers to the 83 most frequently asked questions he received. Questions like:



  • Should we move for a better job in another city?
  • Do you think in-laws are trying to control your marriage?
  • How can you tell if a young man will be a good marriage partner?
  • "My wife wears herself out in dozens of Catholic causes."
  • How can parents best give their children sex instruction?
  • How can husbands and wives work for each other's sanctification?
  • How to deal with a husband who never takes his wife out?
  • "We are expecting another baby, and my wife is unhappy."
  • What's the best way to promote vocations for children?
  • "I'm getting tired of trying to please my over-critical husband."
  • Are too many activities taking parents away from home too often?
  • Is it important for marriage partners to be the same age?
  • "My husband's work requires travel - we lack a normal family life."
  • "We have difficulty finding suitable friends in our neighborhood."
  • How long should a girl wait for a marriage proposal?
  • Vocation of the single life too often disregarded.
  • Parents in-law are trying to run our lives.
  • How can you tell when you are really in love?
  • When to spank or not to spank.
  • "I am in trouble and don't know where to turn."
  • Budget battle distresses father of large family.
  • What are the right answers about necking?
  • Dominating mothers are a type, but not all alike.
  • Failure to accept reality blamed for marital problems.
  • "My wife thinks I don't pay enough attention to her."
  • It pays to know what really lies behind lovers' quarrels.
  • Husband's reading habits encompass only sports and westerns.
  • "One day, my wife won't stop talking; the next, she won't talk."
  • How should husbands and wives divide authority in the home?

Praise from reviews when the book first came out in the late 1950s

"Down to earth.... The conscientious Catholic couple...when it comes to applying their Catholic principles to specific situations are understandably bewildered by the complexities in shifting values that prevail.... Father Thomas has gathered the most frequently encountered problems and questions concerning the home, and answered them with practical and theological insight.... A valuable reference book of husband-wife relationships, parent-child relationships, the family, and society." -The Catholic World

"As an authority on the family and its problems, the author of this book has a reputation as wide as the United States, and it is certainly deserved. Father Thomas is not the ivory tower type. His knowledge is profound, but it is sharpened and kept practical by contact with people." -The Month


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