Archive for March, 2010
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Marriage has two fundamental ends… towards which it is oriented, namely, the good of the spouses as well as the procreation of children.
The first quarter is over. If you’re in a successful business you probably have long and short term goals. Ultimately we all share the same long term goal – to be happy. Discuss one goal that will make your marriage happier this year.
The Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But consider this Marriage Rule, “Do unto your beloved whatever your spouse would have you do.”
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family In and through prayer, [we] come to discover in a very simple and yet profound way [our] own unique subjectivity.
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body. Genesis 2:24
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15: 13) During this Holy Week remember the sacrifice that true love demands.
(Palm Sunday): Marriage can be like Holy Week. One day it’s Palm Sunday and everyone is singing your praises. But the one closest to you can betray you. Faith reminds us of forgiveness and sacrificial love, and that resurrection is possible.
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love.
From On the Family Love includes the human body, and the body is made a sharer in spiritual love.
It’s no sin to have fun. Sometimes, however, hobbies and sports can rob us of couple time or down time to really relax. Are your leisure activities supporting your marriage or stressing it?
I am 29 weeks pregnant and I am definitely doing what a lot of people would call “nesting.” I don’t know whether it’s “instinct” exactly; but just like anyone wants to straighten their home before visitors arrive, I want to be ready for a guest that’s going to be arriving late this spring, taking up [...]
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan It is precisely the difference between man and woman that makes possible… the unique partnership of life and love that is marriage.
What’s the difference between nagging and a constructive criticism? Repetition. Unless your spouse is hard of hearing, trust that saying your criticism once (or at most twice) is enough.
From Follow the Way of Love Those who try to blend two sets of children into one family face a special challenge …. They offer us a practical example of peacemaking.
With the beginning of Spring our earth renews itself. Learn something new about your spouse today – no matter how long you’ve been married.
From Follow the Way of Love Wherever a family exists and love still moves… grace is present… not even divorce or death can place limits on God’s gracious love.
Our bodies change over the years. Maybe you awoke with aches and pains; maybe it’s your heart that aches or your mind that worries. Trust that your love does not depend upon a perfect body or mind.
The glucose test wasn’t so terrible after all. The orange drink, while it wouldn’t be my beverage of choice, really wasn’t bad. The doctor suspected this to be because I have a sweet tooth, which is in fact very true. And the blood test hurt just like any other blood test, which I knew it [...]
Who is the better rememberer in your family? If it’s you, don’t rub it in. If it’s your spouse, express your appreciation for saving you time and embarrassment.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Marriage… is a unique communion of persons. In their intimate union as male and female, the spouses are called to exist for each other.
It’s nice to get a gift on your birthday or Christmas. An unexpected gift, however, is even more appreciated since it isn’t an obligation. Surprise your honey with a gift sometime soon.
From On the Family God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion.
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 In a healthy family life we experience some of the fundamental elements of peace: justice and love between brothers and sisters.
“My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that’s what she said.” Who is the better listener? Be gentle with each other. Be grateful that you have ears and at least some ability to hear.
From God Is Love Love promises infinity, eternity– a reality far greater and totally other than our everyday existence.