Introducing Marriage Rx: CatholicMom.com's New Advice Column!

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Marriage Rx CM Santos

We are thrilled to announce a new CatholicMom resource especially for you! Marriage Rx is our new monthly marriage advice column from Dr. Manuel P. Santos, M.D., and his wife Karee Santos, a Catholic blogger and journalist.

How Marriage Rx Can Help You

Most marriages encounter bumps and trouble spots along the way. But Catholics don’t view marriage as disposable. We want to fix our marriage, not throw it away. If you’re looking for Catholic marriage advice from someone who understands the powerful and healing graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony, Marriage Rx can give you answers that will truly help.

It’s anonymous.  When you submit questions, you don’t have to use your full name, or even your real name. Just email us at [email protected] and look for the answer in an upcoming column.

It’s free.  You don’t have to buy a book or attend an expensive therapy session. Asking us a question is all you have to do!

Who Writes Marriage Rx?

Dr. Santos and his wife Karee, the column’s co-authors, have been married fourteen years and have six beautiful children.  They began teaching marriage preparation classes together in New York City in 2003.  Their Catholic marriage help book will be released by Ave Maria Press in 2016.

Dr. Santos is a psychiatrist who has been helping Catholic and non-Catholic couples over rough spots in their relationships for almost fifteen years. In Dr. Santos’ psychiatric practice, he has brought healing to those who have suffered depression as a result of the abortion of their child and to those struggling to break free from addictions to pornography or serial adultery.  He has counseled couples who are negatively impacted by sexual misconceptions and neuroses and haunted by specters of past sexual abuse.

Dr. Santos also serves as a resource for the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New York in determining whether there are mental health grounds for granting petitions for annulment.  He is a member of the Sexual Abuse Review Board for the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, and in addition belongs to the Catholic Medical Association, CatholicTherapists.com, and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.

Karee Santos graduated from law school at age 21 and practiced law for nearly 10 years in New York City before giving it up to stay home and raise her children.  She has worked as a freelance journalist for the National Catholic Register and Aleteia. She also writes for the Catholic Match Institute, the blog of CatholicMatch.com, as wells as her personal blog – Can We Cana? – and various other places around the web.  She recently hosted a successful series of four marriage enrichment webinars.

What Topics Will Marriage Rx Cover?

All questions are welcome. We want to know what you would like to hear about most:

  • Financial struggles
  • Work/Life balance
  • Parenting disagreements
  • Religious differences
  • Unemployment or ill health
  • Sexual issues regarding anything from periodic abstinence to serial infidelity
  • Addictions to pornography, alcohol or other substances

What is most important to you? Respond in the comments below or email us privately at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

Copyright 2015, Dr. Manuel and Karee Santos

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About Author

Dr. Manuel Santos is a psychiatrist who has been helping couples over rough spots in their relationships for almost fifteen years. Dr. Santos also serves as a resource for the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New York. Dr. Santos and his wife Karee are co-authors of The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for a Lifetime.

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    • Thanks so much for commenting, Nikki! Finances are a super-important topic. Let us know if it would help you most to hear about budgeting or tithing or credit cards or just how to discuss these topics calmly together. You can always submit specific questions or scenarios to [email protected].

  1. I would love to hear more about family situation with 2 religious beliefs. My husband is a First Baptist and I am Catholic. My son is being raised catholic.

  2. As a devoted mother of 9 and house wife I struggle on balancing kids, house, and husband not to mention time for my self.

  3. Time management is key! An issue that every mom faces, and you face in spades, Griselda. Excellent topic suggestion.

  4. This is so awesome!! Just what I need. Last year was a very hard year for my marriage. We are in the healing stage thanks be to God! We have been married 15 years and have an eight year old who is a handful! Can’t wait to hear more on how to make my marriage soar!

  5. I have no specific question right now, though I am sure there will come moment in time where… In the mean time, how about some tips on how to be a better wife/ how to build up my husband so that he can become a better man?

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