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Archive for March, 2010

March 19, 2010

(St. Joseph’s Day) St Joseph is the patron saint of workers. Value your spouse’s work today, whether it be paid or freely given for the good of the family.

An intimate connection with the human family

From Letter to Families from John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family The divine mystery of the Incarnation of the Word thus has an intimate connection with the human family.

Stages of Growth in Marriage

Stages of Growth in Marriage

Social scientists have observed that marriages typically move through a series of at least four stages. Each stage presents unique learning opportunities and blessings, along with challenges and obstacles.

Spring Is Almost Here

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 […]

March 18, 2010

Marriage is the way through which you will know God’s love. It is as holy a way as any vocation and your bond is sacred.

The root of a family

From Follow the Way of Love A committed, permanent, faithful relationship of husband and wife is the root of a family.

March 17, 2010

(St. Patrick’s Day) St. Patrick used a three leaf clover to explain the Trinity. Spiritual guides have also used this Trinitarian image to describe marriage as a bond between husband, wife, and God. Feel stumped? Call in your invisible partner.

At last

The man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”  Genesis 2:23

Responsorial Psalms

Responsorial Psalms

1. Psalm 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22 R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his […]

Distinct yet harmonizing

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Male and female are distinct bodily ways of being human,… two distinct yet harmonizing ways of responding to the vocation of love.

March 16, 2010

“Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.” (Amy Bloom)

March 15, 2010

Sure you talk a lot, but what about those awkward topics? Difficult issues usually don’t go away if you wait; they just fester and come out fighting.

Their differences serve to relate them to each other

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan While man and woman are different, their differences serve to relate them to each other.

March 14, 2010

Forgive today. Maybe you need to ask forgiveness from your spouse; maybe you need to offer it. If there’s nothing recent to forgive, forgive someone that you’ve been holding a grudge against.

A person goes forth from the family

From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family A person goes forth from the family in order to realize in a new family unit his particular vocation in life.

When a man and a woman pledge

From Follow the Way of Love When a man and a woman pledge themselves to each other in the sacrament of matrimony, they… become a living sign of [Christ’s] union with the Church.

March 13, 2010

Love is so essential to a marriage, but so hard to define. Try this one on for size. Love is when you’re willing to give up your pleasure for the sake of the other – and the feeling is mutual.

Home Again

So, we made it home from Alabama safely and without any further damage, thank God! Of course, I guess we would have to be extremely unlucky to have a problem on both legs of the trip (or be extremely bad drivers). At the rehearsal dinner last Friday, Daniel and his cousin Michael dressed up as […]

It is not good for the man to be alone

The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.”  Genesis 2:18

March 12, 2010

You can’t change your spouse. Only your spouse can do that. Work on yourself. For every action there is a reaction.

March 11, 2010

“I love you” are such easy words to say. The almost automatic reply is, “I love you, too.” But words can sound cheap if too often said casually. Say “I love you,” once, with heart, to your spouse today.

Calling them to existence through love

From On the Family God created [humans] in his own image and likeness: calling [them] to existence through love.

Complete human fulfillment

From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families Complete human fulfillment only comes about when we make a sincere gift of ourselves to others.

March 10, 2010

Stuck in an argument? Try these three questions: How do you/I feel? What do you/I want or need? What can you/I do about it?

“They must be crazy!”

“They must be crazy!”

“They must be crazy!” The priest repeated this refrain in his homily at our wedding on May 9, 1998, at the church on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. We were technically still college seniors, celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony the day after finals.

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