Archive for March, 2012
Lent is a time of penance and purification but we needn’t walk around with sour faces. Do something foolish on April Fools Day tomorrow. Healthy families laugh together. Does your family have any running jokes?
The most solemn week of the Christian calendar begins on Palm Sunday, April 1. During these days leading up to Easter, the Catholic Church will celebrate some of its most moving liturgies, including the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the observance of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday.
(Reader’s Tip) Tell your kids how wonderful your spouse is.
According to new research from the Pew Center, “If there’s supposed to be a stigma attached to living with mom and dad through one’s late 20s or early 30s, today’s ‘boomerang generation’ didn’t get that memo.” Young adults as well as their parents seem largely satisfied with their living arrangements.
Sara has been caught up in baby preparations and admits that Lent has gotten short-changed this year. She wonders: “What would happen if I used a fraction of the time preparing for Easter this next week that I’d typically spend preparing for baby”?
Are you and your spouse of different religions? Interreligious couples can be pulled into a deeper understanding of their faith when explaining it to their beloved–and learning about the other’s religion. Praying at home is often unifying.
Many men and women are dissatisfied with their body – it’s too heavy, too thin, too old, too weak. Although love shouldn’t depend on being a hunk or sexy, taking care of oneself is a gift to your partner.
“We need to pray that married couples will love their vocation, even when the road becomes difficult” (Pope John Paul II)
Not only has Stacey started a new job, but it’s the first time she’s worked a regular 9-to-5 schedule. This means she doesn’t see the children as much, and she needs to develop a new set of mothering skills. Is she up to the challenge?
Are you, or someone you know, in a troubled marriage? You don’t have to live with the pain, but the solution is not always divorce. Many couples have worked their way back to satisfying and stronger marriages. Check out The Third Option or Retrouvaille for starters.
“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn 12:24) Has anyone close to you died who has enriched your life? Loss is always hard, but having a life partner to share it with makes it bearable.
“In a family you don’t have to look very far to find your cross,” a father observes in Follow the Way of Love. Who in your family seems to have a mission to challenge you? What cross do you bring to the others in your family?
Recent headlines would have people believe that marriage is no better than cohabitation. Not so, says a leading researcher. Children are much better off with married parents because their relationship is more stable.
(Reader’s Tip) My husband once sent me flowers while I was at the hair salon, just to say he loved me. An unexpected surprise on an ordinary day!
It’s Lent, when many Catholics receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to prepare for Easter. Has it been a while since you’ve gone to confession? Here are six simple tips that will make it easier to return to the sacrament.
According to the research, other minor but still frequent arguments were about walking past things that need to go upstairs, a dirty house, what to watch on TV, disciplining the children, when to have sex, and tracking mud inside. Now, do you feel more normal?
We may dream of doing great things for God, but the reality is that God calls most of us to honor Him through the ordinary tasks of daily life. Can our lives of simple service have an impact on others? Sara reflects on this question with other mothers.
Do you wonder what it would be like to live simply throughout the year? Here are some ideas for making simplicity a lasting and fulfilling way to live.
According to Esure Insurance Co.’s research, couples have an average of 7 conflicts a day. The most common complaint is not listening, followed by money, laziness, snoring, what to eat for dinner, and driving too fast. What’s your major gripe?
Today marks the Spring Equinox. With the beginning of spring our earth renews itself. Learn something new about your spouse today – no matter how long you’ve been married.
What does it take to create a home? Josh finds that it’s more than checking items off a “to-do” list. Ultimately, he says, it’s about the quality of relationships within the family.
(St. Joseph’s Day) God spoke to St. Joseph through a dream, supporting his marriage to Mary and later warning to take his family and flee from King Herod. Do you ever get ideas or insights from your dreams? Daydream about the future with your beloved today.
Today’s scripture (2 Ch 36:14-23) paints a tragic scene of sin and destruction in the Old Testament. Look around at the natural disasters, political upheaval, and personal tragedies still with us today. The world needs your love–don’t hide it.
(St. Patrick’s Day) St. Patrick expressed the mystery of the Trinity through the symbol of the shamrock. Marriage is like that, too – the unity of husband, wife, and God. Parenthood is another example of how 1 +1 = 3.
Examine the priorities you have for your family…take time to be together. (Follow the Way of Love)