Archive for February, 2011
Have faithfulness and commitment gone out of style with today’s singles? Not at all. Three-quarters of single Americans believe that if they get married they can stay married forever.
Do you have questions about what the Catholic Church teaches or believes? Perhaps you’re puzzled by Catholic devotional practices and rituals. Whether you’re a cradle Catholic or a convert, a person from another faith tradition or a spiritual seeker, we hope this new series will help to answer your questions. First topic: How do we find meaning in the Bible today?
From Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II for 1994 – Year of the Family Only if the truth about freedom and the communion of persons in marriage and in the family can regain its splendor, will the building of the civilization of love truly begin.
(Weekly Date Idea) Visit a pet store that has rescue animals up for adoption. This is usually good for stirring up warm fuzzy feelings. Restrain yourself from adopting, however, unless you’re really ready for a new family member. Talk about any pets you had as a child.
“I belong to my love and for me he yearns.” (Song of Songs 7:11) One of the beauties of married love is the confidence that our lives are now bound together. There is no longer a need to look for someone better. Take a moment today to treasure that sacred trust.
From On the Family The pastoral activity of the Church must help everyone to discover and to make good use of the role of the elderly within the civil and ecclesial community, in particular within the family.
”If you think you have fallen instantly in love, sit down for six months and it will pass…You can fall in lust with somebody but it takes a lot of time to develop a truly loving bond – years (Psychologist Paul Pearsall). Calculate how many days you’ve been married.
From On the Family In reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God, a man is called upon to ensure the harmonious and united development of all the members of the family.
Most marital conflict results from poor communication skills. The author explains what can go wrong and, more important, what couples can do to avoid painful arguments.
What makes one a strict parent–a Tiger Mother (or Father)? Is it setting strict boundaries and holding children accountable? Stacey reflects on her approach to discipline.
You might not think of the Bible as a source for inspiring and enduring love stories. Check out these ten and see if you change your mind.
“But it’s not fair! I got up the last time Junior wet the bed. I drove carpool last week, it’s your turn. A covenant marriage means that it’s not always going to be fair and even – but don’t take advantage of your spouse. Is anything in your marriage unfair?
From On the Family Love for his wife as mother of their children … [is] for the man the natural way of understanding and fulfilling his own fatherhood.
My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you. Isaiah 27:9
(Valentine’s Day) Give your spouse a mindful Valentine by memorizing your wedding vows, “I _____, take you, _____, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.” It’s a [...]
(World Marriage Day) Today is celebrated as World Marriage Day. Your love is not only for your own good, but you are a witness that sacred promises are possible to keep. Encourage and support other married couples you know.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, so that they may not become discouraged. Colossians 3:21
“Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner, it feels limitless, not limited” (Gloria Steinem 2000, upon marrying for the first time at age 66). You’re never too old to learn. Be open to changing your mind.
Do nothing out of selfishness … rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves. Phillipians 2:3
We all know that the Great Recession has brought financial stress to many marriages. But new research finds that it has also deepened some couples’ commitment to their marriage.
(Weekly Date Idea) Plan a Find-My-Heart treasure hunt. Cut out some paper hearts and hide them around your home. On each heart write an endearing statement about your spouse plus a clue to the next heart. At the end enjoy a heart-felt treat together.
From Follow the Way of Love Within your family, when you shun violent words and actions and look for peaceful ways to resolve conflict, you become a voice for life.
From On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome Genuine human love is self-giving and cannot exist if it seeks to detach itself from the Cross.
“It’s not the differences but how we handle them that separate successful marriages from the failures. Disagreeing doesn’t predict divorce. Stonewalling, avoidance, contempt, criticism, and the silent treatment predict divorce.” (SmartMarriages) Do you need to eliminate one of these habits?
How do you deal with a stubborn 4-year-old? Josh talks about his frustrations and his latest method for getting Simon to cooperate.