Archive for April, 2010
A common recommendation to courting couples is to “marry your best friend.” Good advice but how does one measure a best friend? Scripture sets a high bar. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (John 15:13)
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. Proverbs 31:10
“Love is no assignment for cowards” (Ovid). Have you ever stood up for your spouse? Be true to him or her.
From On the Family The communion between God and his people find its definitive fulfillment in Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom who loves and gives himself as the Savior of humanity.
After a pregnancy ends in miscarriage or a stillbirth, a significant number of parents discover over time that their relationship as a couple also has suffered, according to a new study conducted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
“Be tolerant of the human race. Your whole family belongs to it– and some of your spouse’s family does too” (Anonymous). You may be able to joke about your own family’s eccentricities but be cautious about ridiculing your spouse’s family.
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 In healthy family life we experience some fundamental elements of peace: concern for the members who are weaker because of youth, sickness or old age.
From Marriage: Love and Live in the Divine Plan It is the nature of love to overflow, to be life-giving.
As precious as children are, they take a lot of time and care. They can both bond a couple and put stress on a marriage relationship. If you have children, what virtue have they prompted you to develop?
“The only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband being big enough to step back and see where the wife was wrong” (Archie Bunker). When was the last time you were wrong – and admitted it?
From Follow the Way of Love Different temperaments and points of view can create hard feelings… Human weakness and sinfulness make it difficult to accept differences.
From Follow the Way of Love All [families] deserve our compassion and support—those who persevere also our gratitude as they show us the very faithfulness of God.
“There is no Mr. Darcy (from Jane Austen). There is no perfect husband. You have a wonderful man that God gave you who needs a help mate. He is a great gift. If you are married, you are married to the right person!” (Luci D’Amico)
Marriage works best when you have similar moral values, but what if you have different beliefs in a particular situation? The rule of thumb is to honor the stricter person’s moral values.
From On the Family The central word of Revelation, “God loves his people,” is likewise proclaimed through the living and concrete word whereby a man and a woman express their conjugal love.
Is it just me, or has “comfortable” has gotten a bad rap these days? I happen to be a big fan of teen country singing sensation Taylor Swift, but in the song “The Way I Loved You” on her most recent CD, the fact that she uses “comfortable” as a bad thing bugs me, even if it is one of my favorite songs on the CD to sing along with.
I know that for the most part people get pretty focused on “making it a good Lent.” We “give something up” or “lay something down and take something up” or focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I feel like it’s not uncommon to give it a really good strong start and maybe not always finish [...]
Take your kinswoman; from now on you are her love, and she is your beloved. She is your today and ever after. Tobit 7:11
When was the last time you had a belly laugh together? Find a reason to laugh together today.
“In its maturity, sexuality is about giving oneself over to community, friendship, family, service, creativity, humor, delight, and martyrdom so that, with God, we can help bring life into the world” (Ronald Rolheiser, The Holy Longing). Making love takes 24 hours a day.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan God established marriage so that man and woman could participate in his love and thus selflessly give themselves to each other in love.
The Situation It’s not just the ‘uns’ that irritated Heidi: the unmade bed, the un-emptied dishwasher, the un-folded laundry. It was the fact that Sam had been home all day and was asleep when she returned from her extra weekend shift at the hospital. She was tired and resentful and felt that he hadn’t done [...]
If you had to choose between being too hot or too cold which would you prefer? What would your spouse say? Knowing these little things can help you set your thermostat or adjust to your spouse’s needs.
From On the Family Marriage [is] the covenant of conjugal love freely and consciously chosen, whereby man and woman accept the intimate community of life and love willed by God himself.