Archive for January, 2011
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan In the Eucharist, Catholic couples meet the one who is the source of their marriage.
True, you can’t buy love, but the media tempts us to believe money will bring happiness. Free yourselves of aspirations for wealth and your heart will be more satisfied.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan We have to grow according to the love to which we have been configured.
Keeping romance alive has a lot to do with novelty – not a new partner or novelty toys but new activities, new surroundings, sharing new ideas. Creating a romantic environment is not just about the environment, it shows you care enough to put effort into it.
From God is Love Love … by its very nature must then be shared with others. Love grows through love.
How are you doing with those New Year’s Resolutions? Check in with each other and offer an encouraging word.
We usually assume that the closer a couple is, the better their communication. A new study finds that’s not necessarily the case. Read why closeness can sometimes hinder a couple’s ability to communicate.
Join us in saying goodbye to Sarah as she writes her last blog entry. Thanks, Sarah, for sharing your life with us over the past two and a half years. God bless you and your family!
Weekly Date Idea: Rent a classic romantic movie. Make some popcorn and enjoy a low-cost evening.
From Address of Pope John Paul II at the Fourth World Meeting of Families Make the Gospel the guiding principle of your families, and make your families a page of the Gospel written for our time!
Your love may have started as a cozy couple but as it grows, so does your responsibility to share love with others. Look for someone to feed, clothe, or shelter today.
From Address of Pope John Paul II at the Fourth World Meeting of Families Dear Christian couples… do not forget that family prayer is a sure way to remain united in a way of life in harmony with God’s will.
“For a marriage to have any chance, every day at least six things should go unsaid.” (unknown) What words have you said in the past week that you wish you could take back? Here’s a rule of thumb to monitor your speech. Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it good?
On February 2 the Church honors men and women who serve as religious priests, brothers and sisters. Josh reflects on his friendship with a Holy Cross priest and how it has strengthened his own vocation to marriage and family life.
From On the Family Authentic conjugal love presupposes and requires that a man have a profound respect for the equal dignity of his wife.
Have you ever worked a crossword puzzle together? It can be done in the car or anytime your brain needs some exercise but your body doesn’t want to. It’s satisfying to find the right word and actually complete something together.
Tough times means that couples need to pool their collective energy in order to solve their problems. Fccusing especially on financial woes, the authors say that teamwork is essential so that couples can survive and even learn from their difficulties.
While research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive, new studies show that the gap is small. Marital satisifaction doesn’t have to decline when children are in the picture. Parents can choose how they will respond to the challenge.
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) Just as Jesus laid down his life for us, so spouses sacrifice their time, incomes, and very lives for the good of the beloved. What have you sacrificed today?
From On the Family Within the conjugal and family communion-community, the man is called upon to live his gift and role as husband and father.
Involve your children in your marriage. Not the private parts of course, but tell them the story of how you met, your wedding day, your first home, how life was so much harder then and you had to manage without cell phones or Facebook.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Marriage, then, is to be a school for nurturing gratitude … and for openness to the gifts of God that are proper to marriage.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Together a husband and wife are gratefully open to the gift of children.
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” (Winnie the Pooh) Sometimes childish things carry wisdom. If you have a child what has she or he taught you about life and love?
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan In gratitude for her husband, a wife gives herself completely to her husband.