Archive for September, 2010
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family The good of both [husband and wife], which is at the same time the good of each, must then become the good of the children.
I am bad at the first day of school. Not me personally. I think I did my first days of school just fine. But my children’s first day of school, every year, is not so good.
It’s fine to have friends of the opposite sex but be cautious, especially with work relationships. Agree with your spouse on acceptable boundaries.
From Address of Pope John Paul II at the Fourth World Meeting of Families Christ’s love will never fail you, his covenant of peace with you will never fail.
The Lord will guard you from all evil, will always guard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and going, now and forever. Psalm 121: 7, 8
If you have children sometimes it’s hard to switch from parent mode back to spouse mode. We get used to telling our kids what to do and disciplining them when they don’t do what we ask. Don’t let this carry over to the way you communicate with your spouse.
The Lord’s kindness is forever toward the faithful from age to age. He favors the children’s children of those who keep his covenants. Psalm 1o3:17,1 8
Weekly Date Idea: Take a moonlit walk in a local park with a good flashlight, clear paths, and the crazy anticipation of what you might find ahead. Join a group with a guide if it’ll make you feel safer.
From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 An essential condition for peace within… families is that they should be built upon the solid foundation of shared spiritual and ethical values.
Aren’t computers wonderful! But they can also be a seductive mistress, sucking us into spending more and more time working at home, playing games, or doing research. Don’t let your spouse be a techno widow(er).
From Follow the Way of Love The pattern of mutuality within a household is closely allied with the virtue of humility.
I was that lady this week, for the first time ever. The lady with the crying baby and a gazillion coupons in the grocery store checkout line.
From Follow the Way of Love Elders enrich the life of their families. They should be cherished, not merely tolerated.
In a 2007 Reader’s Digest Survey, trust was identified as crucial to a happy marriage. Trust isn’t something that happens instantly. It is the accumulation of many trustworthy acts which prompts a spouse to believe the other is worthy of continued trust.
From Follow the Way of Love Children in the family share equal dignity as persons with adults. They too are a part of the covenant of mutuality.
Can you make love 24 hours a day? If you don’t, the times you and your spouse come together in sexual intercourse will suffer. If a wife nags during the day or a husband is a grouch, can you really expect to turn it off and be in the mood for sexual lovemaking?
It is quite commonly believed that in terms of their personalities, a husband and wife grow more and more alike over the course of a long married life together. However, a new study suggests that conventional wisdom is largely misinformed on this score.
We love to watch movies of all kinds. We love them for the entertainment value and are pretty willing to suspend our sense of reality to take them for what they are.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Marital consent defines and consolidates the common good to marriage and to the family. “I, N., take you, N., to be my wife/husband.”
Retell the story of how you and your spouse met or your first real date. If you have children, tell them the story. Stories get better with repeating. Laugh together over the naïveté of your first impressions.
Newly married couples begin life together in anticipation that their marriages will last. If a marital relationship subsequently ruptures couples can find themselves in very uncertain and sometimes fearful circumstances.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Human fatherhood and motherhood are rooted in biology, yet at the same time transcend it.
Who is the smarter of the two of you? Don’t answer that because it’ll get you nowhere. Today, however, note an area in which your spouse is smart, talented, or street wise.
Research indicates that happily married couples usually have a daily “catch up” time to talk. It needn’t be long, but it should be regular. Carve out daily couple time—even if only five or ten minutes.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan The family, which is founded and given life by love, is a community of persons: of husband and wife, of parents and children, of relatives.