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March 8, 2011

“[Love] does not brood over injury.” (1 Cor. 13:5) OK, maybe he did forget to take out the garbage, or she didn’t write the balance in the check book. Don’t keep score; just let it go.

Boy Meets Girl, Part 1

Sara and Justin recall how they met, although their memories differ a little. Did Sara really agree to go to a lakehouse in the middle of Kansas with four guys she hardly knew?

Built on a foundation of marriage and family life

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan The Church is built on a foundation of marriage and family life.

March 7, 2011

Clinton (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, “I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?”  Is your bed big enough, firm enough, warm enough for both of you?

A Preparation

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Christian married love is a preparation for eternal life.

March 6, 2011

Flirt with your spouse today. Go ahead! Think of a way to show your love that’s not typical for you.

Love is

Love is patient, love is kind.  1 Corinthians 13:4

March 5, 2011

When he works and she works, who does the housework? Divvy it up between the two of you (and children if you have any). Consider the following criteria: who has the skill, interest, or time? If these don’t apply, take turns.

Defense of Marriage Act: Obama Administration Will Not Defend Constitutionality

Arguing in support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. Bishops reject the claim that it constitutes unjust discrimination. Rather, DOMA recognizes the intrinsic nature of marriage as between one man and one woman. Several interfaith leaders joined Catholic representatives in asking the House of Representatives to defend DOMA.

Let love be sincere

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good.  Romans 12:9

March 4, 2011

(Weekly Date Idea) Find an empty, open church. Sit, kneel, explore, pray. Let peace and reverence seep into your being. Quietly pray for each other. If you like, discuss your deepest spiritual beliefs afterwards.

March 3, 2011

Are you frugal and your spouse is a spendthrift (or vice versa)? Often the frugal partner feels morally superior while the spendthrift feels guilty. Agree on how much can be spent without consultation, then stick to it.

Called to collaborate more closely

From  On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome The family and the Church… are called to collaborate more closely… in the formation of the person and the transmission of the faith.

Lent: Spring Cleaning for the Soul

Lent: Spring Cleaning for the Soul

The Church calls Lent a “joyful season” and invites its members to think about and deepen their relationship with God. Read more about this wonderful opportunity to prepare for Easter–and for eternal life.

Aging (Or, I Have Wrinkles and Your Hair Is Thinning)

At some point couples begin to notice that they no longer look like their wedding photos. Their vanity, not to mention self-esteem, can take a hit. Stacey and Josh take a realistic look at growing old together.

No man and no woman alone

From  On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome No man and no woman, however, alone and single-handed, can adequately transmit to children love and the meaning of life.

March 2, 2011

“It is easier to be a lover than a husband, for the same reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than now and then.” (Balzac) The routine of marriage makes it comfortable but that can also turn into boring. Don’t look for a new partner, become an interesting new person.

Meet Sara and Justin

Meet Sara and Justin, an engaged couple preparing for their Catholic wedding in June. Over the next few months they’ll blog about how they met, how they discerned God’s call to marriage, and how they’re getting ready not just for their big day, but the rest of their married lives. We invite you to share their excitement and leave a comment or two.

Healing After Divorce: Hope for Catholics

This book takes on the challenging questions: How is God present in the pain of a divorce? How does one know when a marriage is over? How can the healing process bring new life? Grounded in Christian tradition and sound psychology, Susan Rowland offers for all who have gone through divorce.

Life is entirely given

From  On Anthropological Foundation of the Family Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome Life is entirely given only when, by birth, love and meaning are also given, which make it possible to say yes to this life.

March 1, 2011

Given the constraints of your budget, time, and children, how would you arrange a romantic evening at home? What would make the environment special for you? Find a good time and try it.

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