Archive for September, 2011
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that household incomes fell last year while the poverty rate rose. For the Church, these findings represent moral concerns, not only because they involve human survival, but because they can cause people to lose hope in the future.
What’s your favorite food? What’s your spouse’s favorite food? Did you guess right? How soon can you make or buy the favorite for your sweetie?
Sara is surprised by how much marriage has changed her life. She reflects on a few of those changes, including a loss of “night life.”
“In gratitude for her husband, a wife gives herself completely [to him]” (Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, USCCB). Wives: How do you give yourself to your husband?
Anger management experts often advise couples to try to move from “unhealthy” to “healthy” anger. Dr. David Sanderlin points out that “healthy anger” is not all it’s cracked up to be. He shows how couples can grow towards a Christ-like, anger-free marital love.
Many Catholic laypersons don’t realize that they have certain rights in the Church, and those rights are protected by church law. Fr. Larry Rice identifies the major rights of the Catholic faithful.
“In joyful gratitude for his wife, a husband gives himself completely [to her]” (Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, USCCB). Husbands: How do you give yourself to your wife?
St. John Chrysostom said to young husbands: “I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.” Josh admits that these words once mystified him, but now they make more sense. Marriage does not mean a reduction to the lowest common denominator, but a blossoming of each spouse’s personality.
Psychologically, negative messages are more powerful than positive ones. If you’ve been hard on yourself lately, list three things you did well today. It’ll make you a more pleasant person for your spouse to be around.
Want to pray more, but not sure how? Try taping a list of people you want to pray for (or a morning offering) to the bathroom mirror where you’ll see it every day. Make sure your spouse is #1.
We shouldn’t need a terrorist attack to prompt us to voice our love to others and make amends to those we have hurt. Does your beloved need to hear words of love or apology from you? Do it today. We have no guarantee of tomorrow.
“We must have places where children can have a whole group of adults they can trust”. (Margaret Mead) Does your family have such a community? If you don’t have children yourselves, can you be that supportive community for your neighborhood?
(Reader’s Tip) Change things up to keep things interesting. Do something around your city that you have never done. Pick an activity that you would both like to try.
Justin and Sara continue their tradition of joining friends for a Labor Day campout. Besides the fun, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the value of a Catholic culture.
Consider living beneath your means. Many people in the world don’t have a choice. Even it you are still collecting necessities for your household, is there one thing that you can give away this week? You’ll be richer for it.
“You carry out the mission of the church of the home in ordinary ways when…you pray together…God answers all prayers, but sometimes in surprising ways.” (Follow the Way of Love, USCCB) Looking back on the past year, can you identify a prayer that has been answered?
From meltdowns to milk-mustachioed smiles, Josh finds grace in the unpredictable moments of his 5-year-old. He never knows what’s coming next, and the mystery keeps him on his toes.
Every time we recite the Our Father we pray “Thy Kingdom come.” The coming of God’s Kingdom was the central message in Jesus’ preaching, but it’s a complex idea. Fr. Rice sheds some light on the term.
World Youth Days have often been a catalyst for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. In Madrid, however, young people also heard a thing or two about marriage from Pope Benedict XVI. All vocations, said the Pope, are calls to service, and together they form a tapestry of life in the church.
Unemployment puts stress on a marriage – and it’s not just about the money. It’s about what value am I to my family or our society? If your spouse is job hunting or underemployed be gentle, be structured, be there for each other.
(Labor Day) “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – and a spouse boring. Think about the time you save by using a labor saving device (washer, microwave, car, blender, etc.) and do something fun with your honey.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:7) Did you gather in Jesus name today? Believe that Jesus is with you in your marriage. He promised. Ask for help.
How free are you and your family? Can you enjoy each other’s company without spending money? Can you have fun without depending on electricity? Explore free recreation this weekend. Sing and dance – or at least talk and walk.
“In a healthy family life we experience some of the fundamental elements of peace: Concern for the members who are weaker because of youth, sickness or old age” (Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Peace)
Are you looking for a new movie with a compelling message and action-packed police drama? Then check out “Courageous,” which opens around the country on September 30.