Archive for May, 2012
Save time at the end of each day to share the highs and lows of your day with each other. Go beyond “just the facts” to how it made you feel.
Our relationships with our children can shed light on our relationship with God. Stacey offers some thought-provoking examples.
Commitment to marriage is important, but comparable commitment is perhaps the key ingredient. If one spouse sees the marriage as an exclusive lifelong commitment and the other doesn’t, it’s not too late since commitment is a decision not a feeling.
Why does a Catholic wedding normally take place in a church? What does marriage preparation involve? What should a couple do if their marriage is in trouble? Read the answers to these and other FAQs about marriage in the Catholic Church.
It takes hard work to really understand another’s feelings or to practice shared decision-making on important matters. (Follow the Way of Love)
Our series on Catholic Social Teaching concludes with a consideration of the principle of the Common Good.
Explore what made your beloved the person he/she is. What traits did he get from his parents? Did she rebel against her family and take a different path? Who was the most influential person in your spouse’s life during childhood?
(Mother’s Day) “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (Jn 15: 13) In addition to Jesus, who has given their life for you? Perhaps it is your mother, or someone who has been like a mother to you.
Moses had his relatives; Jesus had the apostles; even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Do you have a community of friends and relatives who can back you up, spell you, and support you in your marriage and parenting? Look for friends who share your values.
Humility is a misunderstood virtue. Does it mean being reserved and hesitant? Read more to find out how humility is connected to accepting the truth and giving strength to you and to your relationships.
(Reader’s Tip) My wife gets up early on her days off to make me breakfast. I get her flowers at random times in the month.
Sara and Justin visit her six-month-old niece and get a close look at family life with a baby.
A trip down Memory Lane: Recall the first full day of your marriage. Did you go on a honeymoon? Was is exhilarating or exhausting? Remember your first home together. What did you like best about it? Are you still in it? Reminisce together.
Some people know they should exercise or eat more nutritiously but procrastinate. Encourage each other. Exercise together or give the other time to do it in his/her own way.
Happy 14th Anniversary, Josh and Stacey! Josh reflects on a question he was asked many years ago about marriage. Would he answer the same way today?
Playfulness brings joy to a marriage, but some of us are very serious people. If you’re not the naturally playful type you may have to fake it. Even if you stumble you can laugh together at your awkward attempts.
Our mini-course on Catholic Social Teaching continues with the principle of subsidiarity.
How do you stay close when one of you is away? Consider calling or e-mailing daily. Skype a good night kiss. Pray for each other and let the other know when you did it. What do you do that helps?
“Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1Jn 3:18) Saying “I love you” is good. Being true to your words is better. Showing your love by doing something nice or sacrificing for your beloved is true love. What act of love can you do today?
“We measure every policy, every institution, and every action by whether it protects human life and enhances human dignity, especially for the poor and vulnerable.” (Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, 1998) How does the way you treat your spouse and children respect their dignity?
A new report finds that divorces are becoming much more frequent for middle-aged and older adults, even as the overall divorce rate is declining or stable. The report says this finding has far-reaching ramifications.
It’s the season for exams and, while marriage is not a test that you pass or fail, it can be helpful to assess where you are. Use this simple tool to rate your marital satisfaction in various key areas.
Imagine you are absolutely broke. What could you and your beloved do for a fun date? Walk? Bike? Read? Watch the stars? Play a game? Could this weekend be a time to experiment?
Now in her third trimester, Sara reflects: “The past several days, I’ve been suffering from a case of the pregnancy blues. I feel overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated both at work and at home.” Can our readers offer any helpful tips?
A marriage between a Christian and a follower of a non-Christian religion, while not a sacrament, is a holy state instituted by God. (Follow the Way of Love)