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Archive for December, 2010



December 31, 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.


The practice of marital chastity

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.


Charlie’s First Christmas

Sarah reports on celebrating Christmas with Charlie for the first time – her first Christmas as a mother!


December 30, 2010

“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.


Only when sexuality is integrated

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.


Bye-bye baby

Josh shares some humorous insight on saying the famous “three little words.”


A theological character

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.


December 29, 2010

“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.”


December 28, 2010

“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.


Duty is an anchor

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.


December 27, 2010

“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.


The “sanctuary of life”

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.”


December 26, 2010

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.


Your daily life

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.


Christ has called you

From Follow the Way of Love Christ has called you and joined you to himself in and through the sacraments.


December 25, 2010

(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.


December 24, 2010

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.


The sincere gift of self

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.


The family is… the place

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.


December 23, 2010

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.


Everyone is called

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Everyone is called to chastity, whether married or not.


December 22, 2010

“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.


Merry Christmas!

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.


Made up of many virtues

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.


December 21, 2010

(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.


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