Archive for March, 2012
In Maine, a same-sex marriage referendum will be on the ballot in November. A similar referendum was defeated in 2009. The state’s bishop has said that more education is needed about the meaning of marriage and has written a pastoral letter.
Sara reflects on some of the unexpected kindnesses that have come her way during her pregnancy–everything from a surprise gift of maternity clothes to a coupon for free pizza.
(Reader’s Tip) Instead of watching TV together after the kids are in bed, play a game of cards and talk about life.
What’s your favorite prayer or scripture? Do you know what your spouse’s is? Why not say it together tonight?
Being chivalrous or kind can reignite a marriage that’s getting dull. One husband makes a practice of leaping into the bathroom, Superman-style, with a towel to greet his wife after her shower. It may be silly but it’s still charming.
What does the Catholic Church really teach about married love, contraception, and Natural Family Planning? Read our FAQs and learn the facts.
A year ago Stacey saw a t-shirt that read “Be Intentional. Love is a Verb.” She reflects: “It is not enough for me to love others the way I FEEL like loving them in a given moment. I need to love others the way that THEY feel love.” Stacey explains how this applies to everyday life.
Are one or both of you retired? It can be a blessing and a curse. There’s extra time but perhaps physical limitations are increasing. What do you like most about being retired? What do you like least?
“Then God delivered all these commandments.” (Exodus 20:1) Which commandment is most difficult for you? Sometimes a spouse can be a window into your soul, knowing you even better than you know yourself. Do you dare ask for his/her opinion?
Where is your church? Perhaps it’s closer than you think. The early Church called the family the “domestic church.” Pray at home today.
(Reader’s Tip) Sometimes even a silly game can keep us connected. We have a marble that we take turns putting in places where the other will be. It’s a happy surprise to find.
Activity in the states around same-sex marriage is heating up. Read what’s happening from California and Washington to New Jersey and Maryland.
Don’t be a “male chauvinist bug.” The male Zeus bug rides on the female bug, who feeds him and mates with him on demand. Marriage partners may not always be able to give equally, but strive to exceed expectations. This is not limited to the male species.
Justin accompanies Sara to her doctor’s appointment, and the reality of having a baby hits home when he sees the ultrasound. He says: “The whole experience is one I can barely describe.”
In time married couples work out a division of labor between them. Usually it’s based on skills, interest, and time. Neither females nor males, however, are biologically better suited to cleaning the toilet. Is there a job you hate? Try switching for a day.
Based on interviews with successful, long-married couples, the authors offer insights for those who want to make the most of the later years of marriage. This enjoyable, easy-to-read book includes stories and questions for reflection.
It’s natural for couples to have different strengths. This division of labor can save time. Sometimes, however, it’s fun to teach each other a personal skill, like how to sew on a button. Teach each other something new today, but be patient.
Josh and Stacey have said goodbye to Portland and made the week-long trek to their new home in South Bend. Josh reflects on the meaning of home and how God has called the family to be here.
Fighting Fair Tip: Avoid the kitchen sink. This doesn’t mean you can’t argue in the kitchen. Rather, keep to the topic. Don’t bring up “everything but the kitchen sink.”
Just as Jesus was transfigured and appeared gloriously to Peter, James, and John (Mk 9: 2-10) so too love for your spouse can bring out the best in the other. Recall for a moment your wedding day and the wonder of seeing each other clothed in splendor.
Did you and your spouse make a Lenten resolution? Check in with each other to see how you’re doing.
A new report finds that, despite economic challenges, young adults ages 18 to 34 are happy with their lives. They agree with older generations that family comes first and career second. Being a good parent and having a successful marriage are important life goals for this cohort.
“In a healthy family life we experience some of the fundamental elements of peace: Readiness to accept others and, if necessary, to forgive them” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Sara considers the ancient Lenten discipline of fasting and how it applies to her as a pregnant woman. How does she decide to keep the spirit of the law?
(Reader’s Tip) I turn on the electric blanket an hour before bedtime to warm up our bed so it is cozy when we climb in to go to sleep.