Archive for April, 2012
Our look at Catholic Social Teaching continues with a consideration of the principle of solidarity. In a society organized for competition, what does it mean to stress cooperation and harmony?
Make the extra effort. Wives, it’s tempting to forego those dating niceties. At times dress up for your honey (an attractive dress, heels, makeup). If you dress professionally for work, wear something sexy on your date.
“A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11) In today’s world time is often our most precious commodity. It reflects our priorities. When you give time and attention to your beloved, it’s like laying down your life for the other. Save time for each other today.
April 30 – May 6 is “Screen-Free Week”. Ask your family if they are up to the challenge of non-screen based entertainment for a week? If you don’t want to go cold turkey, perhaps make a commitment to only watch shows the whole family can watch together.
(Reader’s Tip) We’re “between jobs” so I’m making sure I’m as supportive as I can be every day. Today it was making sure our toddler gave Dad space and quiet time to job hunt.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says that Arizona’s 2010 immigration law will impede the goal of promoting family unity. It also poses a threat to religious liberty.
In addition to Baby, Sara and Justin are dealing with other transitions. Sara will get a new boss in June, and Justin is losing a good colleague. As Sara reflects, “It’s a lot easier to SAY I’m going to trust in God than it is to actually do it.”
With Stacey’s new job, she and Josh no longer share the same context for their life together. Josh observes: “For the first time in a long time, we have to work on building that sense of togetherness intentionally. We have to set aside time just to catch up on the ins and outs, the hows and whys.”
You’ve heard of “Take your child to work day,” but what about “Take your spouse to work day”? Your spouse doesn’t need to take a day off work to join you, but does your beloved know enough about your work environment to understand your stresses? know your colleagues?
No matter how much better one spouse may be than the other at home decorating, it’s wise to let the artistically challenged one make a few of the decor decisions. After all it’s your joint home and, if nothing else, it can be a conversation piece.
Josh and Stacey have been married for 16 years. They have three children–one of whom is newly a teenager. The Noems live in Indiana, where Stacey teaches in the Master of Divinity program at Notre Dame and Josh is a freelance writer.
Sarah H., 25, has a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies and a passion for communicating her Catholic faith, especially with youth. On May 16, 2009 she married her best friend, Daniel. Faith and Family are the two most important things in her life, and she wouldn’t trade either for the world.
Emily Macke serves as Theology of the Body Education Coordinator at Ruah Woods in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her Master’s in Theological Studies at the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC, and her undergraduate degree in Theology and Journalism at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Emily shares the good news of the Catholic faith through […]
Meet Sara and Justin. Married in June 2011, they welcomed their first child in August 2012. They’re trying to make their Catholic faith a priority as they juggle work and home responsibilities.
Is your marriage going through a rocky spell? It’s tempting to blame it on a stressful job, the kids, getting fat, the “other woman.” All of these things can stress a marriage, but not necessarily kill it. To find the underlying cause most couples need help. Don’t be afraid.
Where did all the flowers and magic go? Romance alone will not keep you together over the long haul. Common values, commitment to each other, and shared experiences are the glue. Which is most important to you?
“Have you anything here to eat?” (Lk 24: 41) Eating together is not just about food but the nourishment of each other’s company. What’s your favorite way of dining – fast food, meat and potatoes, vegetarian, restaurant, picnics, candlelight at home…? Try it tonight.
Do you discipline your kids differently? Tip: Take away wants, not needs. Dessert, TV, toys, driving, and video games are wants or privileges. Food, clothing and a loving and safe environment are human needs.
“There is no shame in seeking help for family problems, whether it be in the form of counseling, educational programs, or support groups.” (Follow the Way of Love)
Don’t let the “terrible trifles” eat away at your marriage. If the kind of toilet paper is important to your wife, don’t fight it. If your husband likes to buy in bulk to save money, it may be an annoyance but not the hill you want to die on. Keep your focus on why you […]
How do you handle sickness in your marriage? Sara learns that she and Justin can’t simply assume they know how they other is feeling.
Affair proof your marriage – have sex regularly. The frequency may vary depending on your age and circumstances, but the “regularly” is important. Couples differ in how often to make love. That’s where compromise and creativity come into play.
“Living through grief takes courage,” Gretchen Schwenker says in this new book.” She compiled prayers and reflections for people who lose someone they love and struggle to “cope with the pain,” hoping in time to remake their lives.
Josh and Stacey have acquired a dog and the children are thrilled. They’re also learning to “grasp fully the complexity of a relationship where another living being depends on them for his livelihood and thriving.”
Share a childhood memory. Who was your best friend, favorite subject in school? What seemed like a crisis at the time that you were eventually able to overcome or forget? Talk it over.