Archive for November, 2011
In a recent document, Pope Benedict urges Catholics in Africa to recognize and appreciate the contributions of women to family life and to the life of the Church.
Share a childhood memory with your beloved. What was your favorite song, TV show, toy, or outdoor activity? Is it possible to recreate it for a date?
Many couples would like to pray together, but don’t know how to begin. Here are four simple steps to get started, based on the structure of the Mass.
Money and Jobs: Finding the right balance involves weighing whether having more time or more money is the higher priority. It takes time to cook at home, do your own repairs, or cleaning, but paying someone else to do it may mean working longer hours at your job.
How did your parish do with the new Mass responses? Josh reflects on the familiar and the new and how the Mass binds together Catholics all over the world.
You may be thinking about what to get your beloved for Christmas. Consider a “Gift of Words.” Write 10 (25, 52, whatever) reasons that you love your spouse on separate pieces of colored paper and put them in a jar or envelope. Voila! A priceless gift from the heart.
(Advent begins) “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” (Mk 13:33) Death is not a welcome thought for anyone, but sad as it is, all of us will face death eventually. Are there any endearing words you want to say to your beloved? Don’t wait.
In the rush of Thanksgiving, have you thanked God for a house to gather in, food to share, family and friends with whom to share memories? Tell others something you appreciate about them today.
Balancing home and work responsibilities is a shared obligation for spouses. (Follow the Way of Love, USCCB)
(Thanksgiving) Thanksgiving is a time when in-laws often mix. Happy marriages benefit from healthy extended families. Seek to know at least one extended family member better today. Don’t fight. Bite your tongue if you must.
Take a trip down memory lane. Remember your first date or the first time you said, “I love you” to your beloved. Recall how you came to recognize that you wanted to spend your lives together. Who knew it first?
From late November through December, Catholic parishes, and many families, will light the candles on their Advent wreaths. How did this popular custom come about?
(Anniversary of the Kennedy assassination) JFK’s words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” can be applied to marriage. “Ask what you can do for your beloved.” How would you answer the question?
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that many parents are successfully influencing their teens’ online behavior. In addition, many teens understand the dangers of acting naively on recklessly when online.
What are you thankful for as you gather around the Thanksgiving table? Stacey lists some of the many blessings in her life.
Some individuals are poor or have disabilities or face a personal crisis. Pick a person who is struggling and imagine yourself in their shoes today. It might be a family member or someone you’ve heard about on the news. Developing empathy makes you easier to love.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me…(Mt 25:35-36) Which works of mercy do you already do? As a couple?
“A man never stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child.” (Knights of Pythagoras) Stooping and bending are perhaps done even more by women. Is caring for your child(ren) shared by both of you in a fair way?
(Reader’s Tip) One of the things that keeps my husband and me happily married (for more than 31 years!) is that we don’t compete with each other.
Sara and Justin are looking forward to Thanksgiving with family and friends. Before that, however, they celebrate an impromptu Thanksgiving with just the two of them.
Josh tackles repairing his home’s gas fireplace. A successful repair with no explosions prompts him to reflect on what else he has the capacity to do.
Are you a skunk, a turtle, or an owl? In terms of conflict resolution, skunks just make a stink about it, often with a lot of noise. Turtles ignore or hide from the problem. Owls look the problem over, think about it, then suggest a solution. Be wise or be roadkill.
Social Media rules for couples: Make it clear on your profile that you are married and refer to your spouse in complimentary ways. Share your passwords with each othe. No need to hide if it’s truly innocent.
Living according to God’s design for love and life does not mean that married couples cannot plan their families (Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, USCCB). Have you checked out Natural Family Planning?
England will soon change a law that has stood since the 16th century. How does this relate to marriage? The change in the law will allow members of the British royal family to marry Catholics.