Archive for June, 2010
Distance can put stress on a marriage. Do you have any practices that help the two of you when you are apart for a while? Pray for couples separated by miles today.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Fidelity until death is what couples aspire to and what they promise to each other.
Sarah is back! Read her first posting since Charlie’s birth two weeks ago.
Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. A recent study conducted in various cultures around the world asked people to name the trait they desired most in a mate. For both sexes, people overwhelmingly wanted their mates to be kind. What does kindness in marriage look like?
Why do some marriages–even long-term marriages–fail, while others grow and flourish? Marriage expert Susan Vogt offers some ideas for helping your marriage to thrive.
A holy and decent woman adds grace upon grace; indeed, no price is worthy of her temperate soul. Sirach 26:15
In a growing marriage the little things are the big things. It’s not only marrying the right person. It’s BEING the right partner. How are you doing in the little things of your marriage?
“You are beautiful not because you are perfect. You are beautiful because despite your imperfections, you have chosen to love each other each day for 50 years,” said Fr. Chester Snyder during a celebration of 50th wedding anniversaries.
Before I begin sharing a little story, first let me say that I highly respect the Postal Service and am most grateful for the very hard work they do… I had a time-sensitive package to mail, so I ended up having to take Simon (4) and Lucy (2) to the post office with me. We [...]
From Follow the Way of Love Welcoming a child, through birth or adoption, is an act of faith [and] love. [It] signals trust in God who ultimately creates and sustains all life.
Don’t argue with anyone today – even if you’re right.
If you’re too busy to have a weekly date with your spouse, you may be too busy. Set aside several hours that you can devote to each other next weekend. Take turns deciding what to do.
From Follow the Way of Love When a man and a woman pledge to marry they pledge a love which is, in the words of Pope Paul VI, creative of life.
From Follow the Way of Love A marriage between a Christian and a follower of another religion, while not a sacrament, is a holy state instituted by God.
Hobbies are healthy but can bleed into selfishness why MY needs become more important than my spouse’s. Do I put any deeply held values at risk when I pursue recreation? Negotiate limits if necessary.
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 The language of a family is the language of peace; we must always draw from it lest we lose the “vocabulary” of peace.
Although travel can be exciting, extended close encounters can cause couples to get on each other’s nerves. What do you like about traveling together? Dislike? What has been your favorite trip together?
Take a moment today to be a secret admirer. Just gaze at your beloved as he or she goes about life. Think fondly of this person you love.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family In the life of husband and wife together, fatherhood and motherhood represent such a sublime “novelty” and richness as can only be approached “on one’s knees.”
“A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.” (Joey Adams) As annoying as a challenging question from a spouse can be, it might point to a deep truth or a hurt.
How do you feel about growing old with your spouse? Talk about your hopes and fears regarding aging – even if you’re young. Knowing that your love is unconditional and does not depend on a perfect body is part of “for better or for worse.”
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Fatherhood and motherhood are themselves a particular proof of love; they make it possible to discover love’s extension and original depth.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan By its very nature, marriage is meant to be a lifelong covenantal union.
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” (Antoine De Saint-Exupery) What is your most cherished common goal?
Summer officially begins today. Do something “hot” for your spouse. It might be a hot meal in a cool place, hot clothes for a romantic date, or just hot popcorn and conversation.