Archive for November, 2010
“Love is kind” (1 Cor. 13:4). Of course you want to be kind to your spouse; after all you love each other deeply. Today, however, try being kind to a stranger or enemy with a random act of kindness.
If two sleep together, they keep each other warm. How can one alone keep warm? Ecclesiastes 4:11
From Follow the Way of Love Watching television together and discussion the values being promoted on the programs can be time well spent as a family.
Is it a matter of bad hearing or just not listening? Often couples will say, “You’re not listening to me.” or “I don’t remember you saying that.” Get your spouse’s attention before talking.
Has some aspect of the Christmas holidays caused tension between you and your spouse—perhaps the guest list or gift-giving? Before the rush sets in, take a few minutes to try to resolve the problem, or at least manage it.
From Follow the Way of Love Examine the priorities you have for your family… take time to be together.
From Follow the Way of Love Spending time away from children and other adults provides opportunities to grow in understanding and rekindles the fire of love.
Do you have “apology knowledge”? As kids we might have been forced to say, “Sorry.” As adults, however, consider this three part formula, “I’m sorry. Will you forgive me? I’ll try not to do it again.”
When we love someone, we commit to giving ourselves totally to the other person. In other words, genuine love involves sacrifice. Learn how sacrifice plays an important role in marriage and family life.
Sarah and Daniel wrestle with the question that confronts all new parents: Who will take care of our child if something happens to us?
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan The living-out of marriage takes place within the whole Body of Christ, which it serves and in which it finds nourishment.
“How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride, how much more delightful is your love than wine and the fragrances of your ointments than all spices!” (Song of Songs 4:10) Does your spouse use a cologne or perfume that you find appealing? Or maybe you prefer the scent of nature. Enjoy!
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan As a vocation, or call from God, marriage has a public and ecclesial status within the Church.
Post-election thought: Marriages, like elections, are contentious. When spouses disagree, however, if one spouse wins, the other loses. That means the marriage loses. Look for win/win solutions.
Miscarriage is more common than many people realize. Stacey reflects on her and Josh’s experience of losing a baby several years ago.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan The marital vocation is not a private or merely personal affair… it is also for the good of the Church and the entire community.
Sexual attraction is a powerful gift. Don’t hide your ardor for your spouse. Do agree, however, on what degree of public display of affection you both feel comfortable with.
Have of the wife of your youth… her love will invigorate you always, through her love you will flourish continually. Proverbs 5:18, 19
(All Soul’s Day) On All Soul’s Day we remember those who have died. Spend a moment today praying together for your relatives and friends who have passed on.
Are your sexual desires in synch with your partner’s?
This book is for anyone who wants to improve the dynamics of a relationship. It explains the effects of listening, the consequences of not listening, and why people don’t listen. It offers specific techniques to overcome personal needs and understand another point of view.
May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, our daughters like carved columns shapely as those of the temple. Psalm 144:12
(All Saints Day) Married couples sometimes speak of leading each other to heaven. Show your spouse how much God loves them by doing an unexpected kindness for them today.