Archive for July, 2010
In a world that is getting smaller, our hearts must get bigger. Starting with my spouse, is there a way I can stretch my love today by going out of my way for another?
From Follow the Way of Love Marriage is the partnership of a man and a woman equal in dignity and value.
“It is when spouses no longer feel like being in each other’s company always, when they would rather be elsewhere some of the time, that their love begins to be tested and will be found to be present or absent.” (M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled)
One of the constant challenges of family life with small children is trying to get a word in edge-wise. It is routine to carry on two or three conversations at one time…It is stressful to simply try to keep track of who is saying what to whom.
From Follow the Way of Love At the basis of all relationships in a family is our fundamental equality as persons created in God’s image.
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. In what way are you and your spouse most different?
It is the very times that we feel most stressed and pressed for time that we can shortchange our spouse. After all, he or she will understand. Take a moment when you see your spouse to pause and offer a warm, knowing glance. No words need be spoken.
From Follow the Way of Love As a family becomes a community of faith and love, it simultaneously becomes a center of evangelization.
Charlie is one month old today– I can’t believe it! We had his one month checkup this morning, and the doctor says he is perfect. He has already grown an inch and a half and is three and a half pounds heavier than his birth weight. And for the last two nights he has given [...]
“Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.” (Joseph Barth) Don’t waste it by always having to have your way.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Central to the identity of every man and every woman [is] the capacity to live in truth and love.
“Pay attention to details: Don’t buy just any flowers – get her favorites. Make a point of always wrapping his gifts in his favorite color.” (Gregory J.P. Godek, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic)
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family The Book of Genesis… highlights the conscious and free choice which gives rise to marriage.
Remember this rule for ‘fighting fair’: Feelings are neither right nor wrong, they merely are. (Marriage Encounter) Accept your spouse’s feelings even if you don’t share them. Share your own feelings without anger.
From On the Family Marriage and virginity or celibacy are two ways of expressing and living the one mystery of the covenant of God with His people.
The U.S. Catholic Bishops have launched a new initiative to help people understand why marriage can only be the union of one man and one woman. The initiative, “Marriage: Unique for a Reason,” includes a series of videos, catechetical materials and a website.
On a scale of 1 to 10 are you a “CLEAN” or a “DIRTY”? Likewise, are you a “NEAT” or a “SLOPPY”? Unless your differences don’t cause tension between you, compromise.
From On the Family Christian marriage and the Christian family build up the Church.
“When you work with people, it is a lot like mining for gold. You do not look for the dirt. You look for the gold.” (Andrew Carnegie) What affirming nugget can you say to your spouse today? Try to be specific.
From On the Family In matrimony and in the family a complex of interpersonal relationships is set up… through which each human person is introduced into the “human family” and into the “family of God,” which is the Church.
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families The experience of being loved by their parents helps children to become aware of their dignity as children.
Are you very busy but never caught up? STOP for one minute. Be silent. Turn off the TV, radio, computer, etc., and turn toward your spouse. Silently thank God for your life companion.
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 The social community, if it is to live in peace, is also called to draw inspiration from the values on which the family community is based.
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 The family comes into being from the… “yes” of a man and a woman, and it continues to live from the… “yes” of the children who gradually join it.
“I guess you were right.” Although marriage is not a competition, this phrase is one of the sweetest things a spouse can say. It doesn’t fix the mistake, but it’s SO much better than “I told you so!”