How To Restore Millennials’ Faith In Marriage

24 Sep How To Restore Millennials’ Faith In Marriage

That a record number of people will attend this week’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia—nearly twice as many as attended the previous meeting in Milan—is something of a sign of the times: Marriage and family life are in crisis, and people are looking for answers.

Of particular concern is the millennial generation, many of whom were raised by divorced parents and bear the fallout of a sexual revolution that promised them freedom but instead is making it harder for a young adult to find and keep authentic love and commitment.

As I prepare to travel to Philadelphia for the event, I’m keeping in my mind a number of millennials I have been working with who are aching for an experience of marriage and family that is happy, healing, and lasting.

I’m thinking of Brittany, a single mom with two kids who has written that the “safe sex” Planned Parenthood marketed to her didn’t protect her from the heartache that came with realizing uncommitted sex would not bring the feeling of being known and loved like she had hoped.

There’s also Tyler, a young father whose chaotic upbringing led him to a life of drugs before meeting his now-fiancée, and his feelings of uncertainty about how to father their children. Then there’s Madeline and Zachary, a young married couple who are learning how to be husband and wife and mother and father by watching what not to do from their families of origin.

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Meg T. McDonnell is the director of I Believe in Love (, a movement of young adults working to rewrite the story of lasting love and marriage in America, and is an associate with Catholic Voices USA.
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