Archive for June, 2010
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan The true nature of marriage… is a witness to the precious gift of the child and to the unique roles of a mother and a father.
(Father’s Day) Think of how your life honors your father. Also acknowledge those men who have been like a father to you. Honor them this week.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Male-female complementarity is intrinsic to marriage. It is naturally ordered toward authentic union and the generation of new life.
For some couples children come readily or even by surprise. Others wait month after month, hoping to become pregnant. Whatever your circumstance, pray for those who have a different struggle.
From Follow the Way of Love The grace of the sacrament of matrimony and the power of the commitment that you have made to one another are continuing wellsprings of strength.
Marriages, like gardens, flourish when they are tended with care – watered, weeded and nurtured, according to the co-authors of “The Marriage Garden.” Read their advice for making your marital garden grow.
In 2008 a record 14.6 percent of new marriages in the U.S. were between spouses of different races or ethnicities. Read the story behind the numbers.
From On the Family The very institution of marriage and conjugal love are ordained to the procreation and education of children, in whom they find their crowning.
“On your wedding day you laid your life into the hands of your spouse without knowing what the future held.” (Leif Kehrwald, Marriage and the Spirituality of Intimacy) How have you been called to love your spouse in unexpected ways?
And baby makes three!
Do you have a pet? Make sure your spouse isn’t competing for your attention. Are pet-related chores appropriately shared?
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families The family is… a school which enables men and women to grow to the full measure of their humanity.
From Follow the Way of Love The Church’s treasures of prayer and worship, learning and service, contemplation and spiritual guidance are always available to you.
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” (George Eliot) What might your spouse be struggling with today? Can you do anything to make it less difficult?
Communicating well is difficult enough on its own. Throw in a busy schedule and three young children and it is amazing it happens at all. It will often happen that Stacey and I have a disagreement or a difference of opinions on a matter and we’ll begin to talk it out. This “talk it out” [...]
“One advantage of marriage.. is that when you fall out of love with each other, it keeps you together until maybe you fall in love again.” (Judith Viorst) What stirs you back to your love when it becomes routine?
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 Where can young people gradually learn to savor the genuine “taste” of peace better than in the original “nest” which nature prepares for them?
Are you in a “mixed marriage?” This term has been used for religious mixed marriages but it could mean mixed races, classes, ethnicities, or even technology (PC vs Mac.) How have your differences enriched your marriage?
From Follow the Way of Love In these moments [of change], dare to hope that you will rise to new experiences of love, entering into the very mystery of Christ’s own dying and rising.
From Follow the Way of Love [Marriage] is a give and take experience, involving hurt and forgiveness, failure and sacrifice.
What sacrifice has your marriage called you to make? How can you put aside your own needs today to give life to your spouse or children?
Who married you? “It is the spouses who give their consent to each other .. They are ministers of the sacrament of matrimony in the church.” (Pope John Paul II) Resolve to be a worthy minister today.
A gracious wife delights her husband, her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones; …her firm virtue is of surpassing worth. Sirach 26:13
Any day now, I hope, since my official due date is tomorrow. The hospital bag is packed (except for some clothing for Daniel and me that is currently dirty—I need to do laundry today). The house is clean (enough). The pantry and freezer are stocked. The nursery is ready, except for hanging some artwork, which [...]
Does your spouse ever “go nuclear” on you, i.e. suddenly blow up over nothing? Although there’s no excuse for abuse, sometimes it helps to note what triggered the explosion.