Archive for January, 2012
(Martin Luther King Day) Do you have a dream for your life together? You may not express it like Martin Luther King did, but having a dream gives direction to your life. Tell each other your dream.
“The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.” (1S 3: 4) Today’s readings are about “call.” You may not think about your decision to marry as a call from God, but rather as an intense attraction to your beloved. Isn’t that what compelled the apostles to follow Jesus?
Parenting can be a joy but it also puts stress on a marriage. Parenting young children is physically demanding. Parenting teens is emotionally draining. Which is harder? Whichever you have.
Do you want to be happy as a couple and as parents? A new report finds that wedded bliss is often found by embracing an “ethic of generosity.” Generosity expressed through small actions appears to boost men’s and women’s chances of successfully combining marriage and parenthood.
(Reader’s Tip) We go somewhere, for example, a road trip around Florida, where we live. We have the best discussions on these trips. The best part is that we see things in a new light.
Does my job rob us of couple time? For those whose work is in the home (both paid and unpaid) consider the same questions. Does taking care of our children or my volunteer work consume so much time that no energy or time is left for my beloved?
Sara’s been feeling a little different lately, So, along with the frozen pizza, she and Justin tossed a home pregnancy test into their shopping cart. And the results were…
There’s nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time, says Fr. Rice. This liturgical season, which began January 10, offers the opportunity to grow in our faith through our everyday experiences.
“Anyone who wishes to give love must also receive love as a gift” (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est).
Stacey’s new job means big changes for the whole family. For Josh, it means leaving a beloved campus ministry position and grappling with an uncertain future. He observes, “I expect the answers to come in God’s time, which means that things will unfold and become clear when the time is right. No amount of worry or stress will change that.”
What is a unique endearing quality of your beloved? Have you told your spouse? No harm in saying it again. Do it today.
(Reader’s Tip) We limit technology. If we’re home at the same time we limit the time we are on the computer. There has always been just one TV in our home so we all have to compromise or turn it off.
“It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized…” (Mk 1:9) How much do you know about your beloved’s early life (birth place, religious rituals, family traditions)? Even if it’s old news, reminisce or share the history with your kids.
“Welcoming a child, through birth or adoption, is an act of faith as well as an act of love.” (Follow the Way of Love) Pray for couples who want a child but are infertile as well as for those who have an untimely pregnancy and are afraid.
(Epiphany) This is the traditional date when the three wise men honored Jesus with gifts. Debrief what you liked (or disliked) about your gift giving this Christmas and consider changes for next year.
New research finds that the U.S. marriage rate continues to decline, dropping by five percent from 2009 to 2010. What’s behind these startling statistics?
Is there a grandparent in your life? Perhaps you’re one yourself! Check out this article for practical advice about how to be an even better grandparent.
(Reader’s Tip) We limit technology. When we’re home together we limit the time we’re on the computer. We only have one TV so we all have to compromise or turn it off.
“On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 11 Pipers Piping.” Now who needs 11 pipers? Maybe the appropriate interpretation would be to share music today. What’s your beloved’s favorite song? Play it or sing it. You don’t have to be good, just willing to try.
Not everyone has the chance to apply for–and be offered–their dream job. But that’s what happened to Stacey. She describes the incredible gift that she “could only dream about a few months ago.”
Are you looking for a little inspiration from a canonized saint or blessed? This book makes it easy to choose a saint for a short period of prayer or to find weekly models over the course of a year.
With Justin on an ice fishing trip with his Grandpa, Sara has been living the single life. It’s made her appreciate how much Justin supports her and helps out around the house.
“On the 10th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 10 Lords-a-Leaping.” Leap to each other’s beck and call today. If you both do it equally, you’ll either have fun trying to outdo each other, or simply bump into each other. Either way, laugh.
“On the 9th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 ladies dancing.” Dancing is not only for ladies and true love not only for newlyweds. Try it. If you have children, include them. It needn’t be ballroom to be fun. Think Hokey Pokey? Learn a dance from your kids.
”When eight days were completed…he was named Jesus.” (Lk 2:21) You’ve been “wearing” your own name for many years now. Do you like it? Do you know what it means? Does your spouse have a special nickname for you?