2011 January, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for January, 2011



January 22, 2011

Sometimes spouses’ goals in a conversation differ. The wife may just want to let off steam about the crazy thing somebody did at work. The husband, however, may feel she’s asking for advice or a solution. Don’t make your spouse guess what you want out of the conversation.


The Beginning of the End

As the blog nears its end on this site, Sarah offers a list of her favorite entries. Next week: Sarah says farewell to her readers.


Pope Urges Parishes to Support Families

In recent talks Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that raising children is “arduous.” He called on the Church and society to support parents in this task. For example, he urged local governments to support maternity rights, including child care centers, and he called for efforts to create jobs that provide a decent livelihood.


In joyful gratitude

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan In joyful gratitude for his wife, a husband gives himself completely to his wife.


January 21, 2011

(Weekly Date Idea) Find a book you both enjoy and take turns reading to each other, or each of you can read your own book in each other’s company. For fun you might want to randomly read a sentence from each of your respective books and see what bizarre combinations this makes.


January 20, 2011

Can you give up your right to be right? A lot of marital arguments are not really about monumental differences but rather different opinions or ways of doing things. You may be right, but is it worth the hard feelings that will follow?


A symbol of salvation history

From  On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome God could take the history of love and of the union of a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage as a symbol of salvation history.


January 19, 2011

Moral decisions often involve how we use our time and money. Should I quit this job because it requires too many hours away from home? Should both of us work outside the home? How many children should we have? Decide prayerfully and together.


The public responsibility of faithfulness

From  On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome Spouses [must] assume the public responsibility of faithfulness, which also guarantees the future for the community.


Opens space for the authentic humanity of each one

From  On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome The personal reciprocal “yes” of man and woman opens space …for the authentic humanity of each one, and… is destined to the gift of a new life.


January 18, 2011

Do you know what is currently stressing your spouse? If not, it doesn’t hurt to check it out. Maybe everything really is just fine. To ask, however, shows concern.


All married life is a gift

From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family All married life is a gift; but this becomes most evident when the spouses… bring about that encounter which makes them “one flesh.”


January 17, 2011

(Martin Luther King Day) “Free at last. Thank God I’m free at last.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Marriage might seem to end one’s freedom, but commitment really frees both spouses to go deeper into one relationship than broadly into many. Learn something new about your spouse today.


January 16, 2011

“[B]e close to young married couples, so that they will be for their children and the whole community an eloquent testimony of God’s love.” (Pope John Paul II, 2001) If you are not a young married couple, develop a relationship with one. Learn how the culture of marriage has changed.


Through their own experience

From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Through their own experience spouses come to learn the meaning of responsible  fatherhood and motherhood.


January 15, 2011

Fidelity in marriage goes beyond not having a sexual affair. Jobs, the internet, hobbies… all can be a seductive mistress. If your spouse needs to talk, turn off the TV, put down the paper, stop surfing the net and put your spouse first.


This duty

From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family In every culture this duty [promoting the dignity of marriage and the family] remains primarily that of the persons who, united in marriage, form a particular family.


Being an Old Married Couple

Charlie’s teething has caused a temporary change in sleeping arrangements, leading Sarah to wonder when a couple stops being “newly married.”


January 14, 2011

(Weekly Date Idea) Still have some old ice skates around? Watch for a hard freeze, bundle up and head for a pond. Or rent skates and go to a rink instead. Follow it with hot chocolate. Try another winter sport if you’re not so steady on blades.


A manifestation of life

From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Just as the Resurrection of Christ is the manifestation of Life beyond the threshold of death, so too the birth of an infant is a manifestation of life.


But better

A friend, a neighbor, are timely guides, but better than either, a prudent wife.  Sirach 40:23


January 13, 2011

Are you happy with the way you spent money on Christmas? Perhaps you were able to simplify your Christmas spending. If not, talk now about modest gift giving in 2011. Love is not measured in dollars.


The Power of Observation

Josh takes a turn as a single parent and makes some intriguing discoveries about the family’s daily routines.


How Gratitude Strengthens a Marriage

Practicing an “attitude of gratitude” means more than saying thank-you to your spouse. Read what new research says about cultivating gratitude in your marriage.


January 12, 2011

Set up a table in a safe spot, get a difficult jigsaw puzzle, and put it together over time – whenever either of you want to relax. You don’t have to both do it at the same time, but you both contribute and notice what the other has done.


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