Archive for August, 2010
“As we work to strengthen marriage on a societal level, we must not neglect our own marriages.” (Mayor Bill Hardiman, Greater Grand Rapids Community Marriage Policy)
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families [Grandparents] are a treasure which the younger generation should not be denied, especially when they bear witness to their faith at the approach of death.
Feng shui is the Chinese art of arranging objects to create harmony. Is your bedroom a romantic get-away where you can retreat from the world, or is it piled with clothes and projects?
It’s not necessary to have the same spending habits, but finances can be the cause of much tension in a marriage. Where do you and your spouse differ when it comes to spending money?
Readers assume the guise of eavesdroppers in each chapter of this unique book, listening in on two conversations between a wife and husband attempting to discuss a troublesome issue in their marriage. What makes this book different is its invitation to readers to assess first the disadvantages and then the advantages of two quite different ways of discussing the same issue.
From On the Family The family has the mission to become more and more what it is, a community of life and love.
“Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.” (Proverbs 10:12) It’s easier to overlook faults if you’ve built a positive balance in your couple emotional bank account. Make deposits of kind words, favors, listening intently, doing fun things together.
With a July 15 vote by its Senate, Argentina became the first nation in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote meant that married same-sex couples would be accorded the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children.
On our recent road trip home to South Dakota for my grandfather’s funeral, we stopped at a hotel in Missoula, Montana. We picked a hotel that a franchise guidebook indicated had a pool. After driving for 10 hours with three small children, we arrived at 9 p.m. to find it did not.
From On the Family Each family finds within itself a summons that cannot be ignored: Family, become what you are.
“The first bond of society is marriage.” (Cicero) A marriage license reflects a commitment not only to your spouse but also to society. Do you know where your marriage license is?
Weekly Date Idea: Go to the hit movie of the summer—preferably at a drive-in, if you can find one.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan As a sacrament, marriage signifies and makes present in the couple Christ’s total self-gift of love.
“Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.” (Langdon Mitchell) Don’t think you have any sins? Ask your spouse. Forgive something today.
How numerous, O Lord, my God, you have made your wondrous deeds. And in your plans for us there is none to equal you. Psalm 40: 6
As I write this, Charlie is sitting contentedly in his kick and play bouncy seat watching me. I’ve been finding myself with less free time as he spends more and more time awake and alert during the day, but at least he is happy to sit still for a while.
Lord, your love reaches to heaven, your fidelity to clouds. Psalm 36:6
When you and your spouse have a disagreement, ask yourself, “Is this the hill I want to die on?” Not every battle is worth fighting. Save your energy and your good will.
From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families [Grandparents] offer little ones the perspective of time, they are memory and richness of families.
“What makes a relationship work is having things in common. What makes a relationship passionate are our differences.” (Author unknown) What are three things you have in common with your spouse, and three things that are different?
If you can, return to the church or place of your wedding. If it’s not close by, use photos to start your reminiscing. What’s your favorite memory of your wedding day?
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Male and female in their physical constitution… share equally in the capacity to live “in truth and love.”
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan All of us know something about the depth, the intimacy, and the beauty of the gift of self that occurs in the marriage of husband and wife.
“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.” (1 Cor. 13:1) Gary Chapman points out that some people’s “love language” is acts of service, physical touch, giving gifts, or quality time. How do you show love?
When your spouse suggests you make love and you are not in the mood, how do you usually respond? Reassure your spouse of your love and seek a compromise together.