Archive for April, 2010
“I got gaps; you got gaps; we fill each other’s gaps” (Rocky). What gap do you count on your spouse to fill– a sense of direction, remembering names, keeping track of appointments, injecting humor when you’re discouraged?
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994- Year of the Family How indispensable is the witness of all families who live their vocation day by day.
Your family of origin influences what you bring to your marriage. How are you like or unlike your mother or father?
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan God clearly made human beings… to be in relationships wherein the act of giving oneself and receiving the other becomes complete.
From Follow the Way of Love The church of the home can live and grow in every family.
How do you know when you love enough? Ponder Jesus’ words to his followers, “Love one another as I love you.” (John 15:12) Jesus loved by serving, spending time with the apostles, eating with them, going to weddings and funerals, talking, and giving his life. How about you?
Next week is my last week of work for the foreseeable future. As it is, I have only been working one or two days a week for the last few months, but being completely done with employment altogether is different—and crazy! Although I will miss the people that I work with, the fact that next […]
From Follow the Way of Love When family members respect one another’s beliefs… they testify to our unity as a human family called to live in peace with one another.
Don’t listen with your “answer running.” To resolve an argument, put your own agenda on hold while you really listen to your spouse rather than thinking of your next rebuttal.
Remember a foolish thing you did or thought when you were dating. It might have been embarrassing at the time but often these memories make for a good laugh after some distance has passed.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family May all families be able to feel the loving and caring embrace of their brothers and sisters!
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family [The] “visitation” of the Holy Spirit gives rise to the inner strength of families, as well as the power capable of uniting them in love and truth.
“My heart is ever at your service” (William Shakespeare). It may seem like odd English to your ear but there’s something romantic about poetry. Have you ever read poetry to each other?
In our previous entry you learned a bit about who we are and how we met. What follows are more specific introductions. First, Josh will introduce you to Stacey and then Stacey will introduce you to Josh. Josh: My wife is the kind of person that you’d really like to have with you in an […]
In November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved a pastoral letter entitled “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The letter brings together the Church’s key teachings on marriage as both a natural gift and a sacrament. It explains how marriage is a public commitment between a man and a woman, intended for the […]
Having been married almost eleven months now, Daniel and I have now reached the milestone of our last first holiday together and have entered the liturgical season in which we were married last year. So crazy! Daniel had his spring break from work this past week, which was shortened because of all the snow days […]
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families The family is itself based primarily on a deep interpersonal relationship between husband and wife, sustained by affection and mutual understanding.
Ever wish you married a movie star or a sports hero? Don’t wait for fame to strike. “Be presidents of each other’s fan clubs” (Tony Heath). Fame is fleeting but an in-house cheerleader can keep you going even when your ratings falter.
The Dilemma After 16 years of marriage Bill and Betty find themselves in the marital doldrums. Although neither would say it openly, each feels their marriage has become lackluster and is in a rut. “Boring” was how Bill explained it to his closest friend. Although Bill and Betty have two children who keep them busy, […]
“Marriage, families, all relationships are more a process of learning the dance rather than finding the right dancer.” (Paul Pearsall) Although some people inherit a talent for relationships, some skills can be learned.
Isaac took Rebekah into his tent; [and] she became his wife. In his love for her Isaac found solace after the death of his mother Sarah. Genesis 24:67
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: the role of authority expressed by parents.
(Easter) Celebrate new life today! Are you waiting to have a child, caring for children or aging parents, resting from the rigors of childrearing? May Christ’s resurrection give you new life and energy.
(Holy Saturday) The crucifixion reminds of the reality of death. Have you shared with each other your feelings about death?
From On the Family [Sexual intercourse] is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death.