Archive for February, 2010
From Follow the Way of Love: A family is our first community and the most basic way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us, and acts in the world. [It is] a domestic church or church of the home.
Mardi Gras allows us one last fling before Lent. Do something frivolous together today. Eat something decadent, give each other a massage, wear wild make-up, enjoy being playful.
Daniel and I have spent a good part of the past week and a half at home, with our cars buried in the driveway. We have gotten nearly four feet of snow between two major snowstorms/blizzards only three days apart, and it took a while for a county plow to even make it to our […]
From On the Family: The whole Church is obliged to a deep reflection and commitment, so that the new culture now emerging may be evangelized in depth.
Staying in can be just as romantic as a night out. Curl up for an evening of reading. Find a book you both enjoy and take turns reading to each other, or each of you can read your own book in each other’s company.
Perfect for warm summer nights and crisp fall afternoons.
(President’s Day) As we celebrate the heroism of past presidents, call to mind a heroic deed of your spouse. When did he or she sacrifice self for you?
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: All who seek to find meaning in their marriage will do so when they accept the … meaning of marriage according to God‘s plan.
(Valentine’s Day/World Marriage Day) Recall your wedding vows today. “I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”
From On the Family: Marriage and the family constitute one of the most precious of human values.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, dig out the readings you used at your wedding. In a quiet moment read them to each other again and ponder what they mean to you now. If you can’t find them try 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13.
From On the Family: The Christian family is the first community called to announce the Gospel to the human person.
Want a healthy marriage? Take regular walks together. It might start as a way to get exercise but the real benefit is couple time. Some conversation will probably slip out between your steps.
From On the Family: God’s plan for marriage and the family touches men and women in the concreteness of their daily existence.
Honor your mate’s personality difference. The trait that you loved when you were dating can annoy you when you live with it 24/7. Use your differences to develop your shadow side and become a fuller person.
From On the Family: It is to the families of our times that the Church must bring the unchangeable and ever new Gospel of Jesus Christ
In matters of courtship, historically men took the lead and pursued women. Our society is now more egalitarian: women ask men out for dates or even propose. Is it a leap for you to accept this change or does it seem natural?
From On the Family: Following Christ, the Church seeks the truth, which is not always the same as the majority opinion.
Jesus literally laid down his life for us. We also lay down our lives when we put our spouse’s comfort before our own, when we let go of having the last word in an argument, or when we labor for the family.
From On the Family: The situation in which the family finds itself presents positive aspects [which] are a sign of the salvation of Christ operating in the world.
What’s your re-entry pattern at the end of the work day? If your spouse is an extrovert consider giving him/her 15 minutes to vent when you first reconnect.
From On the Family: The situation in which the family finds itself presents negative aspects: a sign of the refusal [of] the love of God.
Christian marriage is not a 50/50 contract. It’s a covenant, which means that each spouse promises to give unreservedly – 100%.
From On the Family: The great task that has to be faced today…is that of recapturing the ultimate meaning of life and its fundamental values.
Love is beautiful but more complicated the second time around. If you are contemplating a second marriage, attend a quality marriage preparation program geared to your unique situation.