Archive for June, 2010
From Letter to Families from John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family [Married couples]… need to have their thoughts and hearts turned towards the God “from whom every family is named.”
Is it true that 50% of all marriages are destined to end in divorce? Not so, says New York Times writer Tara Parker-Pope in her new book, “For Better: The Science of Good Marriage.” In fact, far more marriages succeed than fail. See what she says is the real story behind the statistics.
A marriage crisis can prompt a couple to sacrifice for each other. Don’t wait for a disaster, however to test your love. Prevention is better.
From On the Family According to the plan of God, marriage is the foundation of the wider community of the family.
“Look, marriage is wonderful. Don’t ruin it with unrealistic expectations. Learn what your marriage truly can and cannot be.” (Mark Gungor, Laugh Your Way America)
From On the Family Like each of the seven sacraments, so also marriage is a real symbol of the event of salvation.
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families To hand down the faith to children … is a responsibility which parents cannot overlook, neglect or completely delgate to others.
“Do not give in to sorrow, torment yourself not with brooding.” (Sirach 30:21) There’s plenty of sorrow today but look for a positive side to misfortune.
Joshua and I are both basketball players. Among other things. It may sound weird to say as 30-somthings, but it is a real part of each of our identities and it actually played a fairly significant role in our getting to know one another early in our relationship.
“Never marry a man who tries to control you,” Father Pat Connor advises women in “Whom Not to Marry.” A man’s “suitability as a marriage partner is nil if he tries to control everything his fiancée does and everyone she sees.”
One of the sweetest phrases a spouse can say is, “What can I do to help?” Chocolate is nice but when overburdened, help is better.
A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the Lord; Be he rich or poor, his heart is content, and a smile is ever on his face. Sirach 26:3-4
“They do not love who do not show their love.” (William Shakespeare) Love your spouse. Extend your love to others today, even those with whom you disagree.
A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life. Sirach 26:2
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.
“In sickness and in health…” How do you deal with illness? What does your spouse want from you when he or she is sick?
If one partner prefers political debate and the other would rather play video games, it can decrease satisfying couple conversation – the heart of intimacy.
Immigration reform must “bring migrants out of the shadows so that they can live with their families without fear,” U.S. and Mexican church migration leaders said May 19. They urged government leaders “to focus upon the issue of immigration and how it impacts the most vulnerable, the migrant workers and their families.”
We’re getting so close now. I once heard someone say that God must have made the end of pregnancy so uncomfortable and tiring so that women wouldn’t dread labor and delivery so much by the time it came, just to get it over with. I think that could very well be the case. In fact, [...]
Society and churches run on both money and volunteers. Are you spending enough or too much time volunteering? Your answer can tell you.
From On the Family [Spouses] belonging to each other is the real representation… of the very relationship of Christ with the Church.
“Love is work. It’s good work, if you can get it. But it’s work, nevertheless.” (Benjamin Cheever) What’s the first work project that you and your spouse took on together?
From Follow the Way of Love To live faithfully in a marriage requires humility, trust, compromise, communication, and a sense of humor.
After 40 years of marriage, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper announced their separation. Although still unusual, the breakup of long term marriages is becoming more common. Sometimes, couples are not prepared to renegotiate a relationship of just two people. What should you know about marriage in later life?
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family The children born to [the married couple] should consolidate [their original] covenant enriching and deepening the conjugal communion of father and mother.