Archive for May, 2010
If you want to have a healthy marriage, hang around with other couples who value their marriage, too. Their example, support, and lifestyle can help you build the kind of marriage you want.
One more day, and I will be full term. Things are actually coming together pretty well. The nursery is finally being put together; my parents came over last weekend to bring the furniture and help assemble the crib. We decided on a layout for the room, but have yet to put everything in its place. [...]
Marc (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad, “Why is he whispering in her mouth?” How comfortable are each of you with different kinds of public display of affection?
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family The Master confirms it… to make clear and unmistakable to all… the indissoluble character of marriage as the basis of the common good of the family.
How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church?
Actually, nothing. Sacraments are not for sale. It’s appropriate, however, for the bride and groom to share their joy and, in generosity, to contribute to the support of the Church and its ministers.
From On the Family By means of baptism, man and woman are definitively placed within the new and eternal covenant, in the spousal covenant of Christ with the Church.
What’s the number one enemy of love? According to relationship coach, Gary Smalley, it’s unresolved anger. What’s your strategy to resolve anger constructively?
I recall coming to terms about expectations for cleaning early in our marriage. I can remember our first regular “cleaning day.” We assigned duties and went to work. Stacey, being efficient, finished well ahead of me, then plopped down on the couch to watch TV while I finished. I came from a home where everyone [...]
Are you a golf widow or a social service widower? You may be married, but your spouse can still be a widow(er) if you devote too much time to other causes, even worthy ones.
My lover belongs to me and I to him. He says to me: “Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm.” Song of Songs 8:6
From Follow the Way of Love Newly-married couples, when you find yourselves in a crisis… recognize that divorce is not inevitable and is certainly not your only option.
“A husband always prefers his wife’s mother-in-law to his own” (Anonymous). Think of one trait or talent that your mother-in-law or father-in-law passed on to your spouse for which you are grateful.
From Follow the Way of Love Couples who are finding it hard to stay married deserve our prayers and assistance [and] the counsel of other married couples.
What’s a nightly walk have to do with your marriage vows? It helps you stay connected intellectually and emotionally so that thoughts of divorce do not come creeping to your door.
Summer camp is not just for the sake of the kids. It can also give parents a chance to have some private time and revitalize your marriage. Even if you still have other children at home, changing one person changes all the dynamics.
From Follow the Way of Love You know the value of a loving and life-giving marriage. Indeed, your marriage is a gift to all of us.
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness” (Kahlil Gibran). As wonderful as togetherness is, where so you go to get some space? Do you have a special time, place, or hobby that regenerates your spirit?
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 The family is the foundation of society for this reason too: because it enables its members in decisive ways to experience peace.
This past year has been the fastest of my life so far. On Sunday, Daniel and I will celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Last night we flipped through the professional photos that I finally had printed just last week, looking back on our wedding day; it’s hard to believe that a whole twelve months, a whole four seasons, a whole year has passed since then.
When good secretaries take a message they always repeat the telephone number and summarize the message. Your spouse deserves similar service. “Now you said… Did I get it right?” Saves a lot of misunderstanding and mix-ups.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan We recognize that couples face many challenges to building and sustaining a strong marriage.
A new research study shows a complicated picture of marriage and motherhood in the U.S. today. Among other findings, more mothers of newborns are older, while a record number of births are to unmarried women.
An engaged couple in Malta expressed the fear to Pope Benedict XVI that “life offers too many hurdles for us to live our married lives in God’s light.” The young couple preparing to be married in the church told the pope that while they want a marriage that is guided by God, a major concern [...]
Marijuana use is widespread, especially among teens. A 2008 survey from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan found that by the 12th grade, 43 percent of the students had tried marijuana.
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families Father and mother have said a complete “yes” in the sight of God, which constitutes the basis of the sacrament which joins them together.