Archive for December, 2010
(New Year’s Eve) New Year’s Eve is a time for remembering. Even if you’re going out tonight, take a few minutes alone together to remember not only this year but what your life was like 10 years ago. Whether it was better or worse, ponder how little you can know for sure about the future.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan The practice of marital chastity ensures that both husband and wife will strive to live as a gift of self… generously.
Sarah reports on celebrating Christmas with Charlie for the first time – her first Christmas as a mother!
“On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me – six geese a laying.” OK, you probably don’t have geese around, but maybe you could celebrate by having eggs – scrambled for the harried, fried for the frazzled, sunny side up for the optimistic, an omelet for variety.
From On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome Only when sexuality is integrated in the person does it succeed in giving itself meaning.
Josh shares some humorous insight on saying the famous “three little words.”
From On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome The body of man and woman has… a theological character, it is not simply body… but an expression and fulfillment of our humanity.
“On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me – five gold rings.” On your wedding day you probably exchanged rings. Take off your rings and give them to each other again today, repeating the words, “Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.”
“On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me – four calling birds.” Call your true love from work (or the other room) today, to whisper some sweet nothings. Or send an e-mail or text.
From Follow the Way of Love Christian life includes obligations beyond the family circle. …Duty is an anchor in what seems an ocean of chaos.
“With an age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you.” (Jeremiah 31:3) Although these are the words of God to Israel, they could also be the mantra of marriage. They reflect the covenant that goes beyond what we merit or deserve.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family [The family] remains a social institution which neither can nor should be replaced: it is the “sanctuary of life.”
Weekly Date Idea: On this second day of Christmas become each other’s “turtle dove.” Read Shakespeare’s love sonnets—or a favorite poem—to each other. Don’t worry about being too sentimental. Christmas reminds us that Christ became human and honors our human nature, schmaltz and all.
From Follow the Way of Love As Christian families, you not only belong to the Church, but your daily life is a true expression of the Church.
From Follow the Way of Love Christ has called you and joined you to himself in and through the sacraments.
(Christmas) In the flurry of gift giving and receiving, remember the reason for the season. Often family tensions escalate when relatives are in close quarters. Promise yourself that you’ll keep your cool today, especially with your spouse and relatives who may stretch your patience.
Hopefully the shopping’s done and presents assembled and wrapped. Even if you’re behind, take five minutes tonight to sit in darkness and ponder the mystery of the Christ child’s birth bringing love and peace into our world. But, the job’s not finished. God put its completion into our hands.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family When a man and a woman in marriage mutually give and receive each other in the unity of “one flesh,” the logic of the sincere gift of self becomes a part of their life.
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family The family is indeed – more than any other human reality – the place where an individual can exist “for himself” through the sincere gift of self.
As Christmas approaches life can get more hectic and friction between relatives can put you in the middle. Can you visit both sets of parents and still stay sane? If you’re hosting, how do you handle drunk or argumentative relatives? Make these decisions now and together.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Everyone is called to chastity, whether married or not.
“Remember, you married her, you didn’t hire her!” (said to critical, controlling husband by Dr. Phil). Do either of you feel like a slave in your own home? Yes, we serve each other, our children, and guests, but it’s chosen service, not demanded.
Stacey talks about Christmas cards she and Josh have sent over the years. She also offers some food for thought during these last days of Advent.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan A holy marriage, one that is a communion of persons and a sign of God’s love, is made up of many virtues that are acquired by human effort.
(Winter Solstice) The winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Darkness can be scary but a simple candle can make it romantic. Share a fear or a dark moment in your life with your spouse. Light a candle.