2013 February, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for February, 2013

Only As Happy As…

Stacey reflects that one child’s unhappiness can infect the entire family. But she has found an interesting counter-dynamic at work in her family.

February 28, 2013

In conversation, what’s the difference between listening and being quiet? Listening takes effort to really understand your beloved and find a few words to summarize his/her position. Being quiet may just mean you’re waiting for a pause to get your words in edgewise.

February 27, 2013

Happily married couples often say they married their best friend. What are the qualities of friendship that you value? Loyalty? Sense of humor? Similar interests? A pleasing personality? Thank your spouse for being a friend.

February 26, 2013

Have you ever tried a “tech fast”? For one day resolve not to use any technology – no TV, computer, cell phone, iPod, etc. Temporarily going without can put you in solidarity with those who don’t have a choice.

Raising Gus in the Faith

Sara and Justin are experiencing a common dilemma of parents with small children: How to get something out of Mass while tending to a fussy baby. On Ash Wednesday, Sara realizes why it’s important to take Gus to Mass.

February 25, 2013

How are you doing with your Lenten resolutions? Keeping them can be easier if you and your spouse hold each other accountable.

February 24, 2013

Today’s Gospel is the account of the Transfiguration. Just as Jesus’s body was “glorified,” marriage can be an experience of miraculous ecstasy – not all the time, but at special moments. It is a grace that carries us through the mundane times. Share a time of ecstasy.

February 23, 2013

If one must choose the hardest stage of parenthood, it would perhaps be the teen years. They’re too big to carry to their room but too young to always make good decisions. Assure your teen that you will always love them – no matter what.

Does Home Life Prepare Children for Marriage?

Most parents hope to create a warm, supportive home for their children. A new study shows that these efforts do provide benefits. It finds that a positive family environment during childhood is associated better marital outcomes later in life.

The Pope’s Resignation: What Happens Next?

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has raised lots of questions: How will the new Pope be chosen? What will happen during the transition? What were the highlights of his papacy? Check here for helpful resources that answer these and other concerns.

February 22, 2013

Tis the season to be sick. Perhaps you’ve avoided it. Sooner or later, however, one of you will feel under the weather. How does your beloved like to be cared for? Lots of attention or “Just leave me alone, honey.” Give what he/she needs, not what you would have liked.

February 21, 2013

“We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.” (Henry David Thoreau). Do you consider yourself richer or poorer than average? During this Lent is there a want that you can let go of?

February 20, 2013

Did you resolve to pray more during Lent? End each evening by praying together, thanking God for your spouse and the blessings of the day.

Grasped by God, Held by Family

Assuming the role of godfather to his brand new nephew, Josh reflects: “It is a great sign that the Church welcomes people in baptism, especially when they are at their most vulnerable. It is a declaration that none of us can get by on our own—that we all need to be held by family.”


This Lent, Sara and Justin have decided to focus on two goals: eliminating distractions and taking time to recall God’s presence in their lives each day. Read how they’re going about it.

Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles With Food, Self-Image and God

Is there such a thing as a spirituality of food? The author says that family mealtimes and slower eating are key to a “saner and healthier diet.” She makes a persuasive case for “more mindful eating” and ways to “reframe our food-focused thinking.”

February 19, 2013

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child…when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.” (1 Cor 13:11) Reminisce about your respective childhoods. Name one childhood trait that serves you well and one childish trait that stresses your marriage.

February 18, 2013

(President’s Day) The holiday is good for more than a day off work. Who is your favorite President and why? Discuss with each other what heroic quality caused you to make your choice. How is your beloved heroic?

February 17, 2013

The devil tempted Jesus with food, power, glory, and safety. (Lk 4:1-13) What is the greatest temptation to your marriage? Overwork? Inattentiveness? Sports? Technology? Wanting to be right? Worry about finances, the kids, security? Face it together.

February 16, 2013

During Lent Christians take on sacrificial practices to deepen their connection with Jesus, who spent 40 days in the desert. Deserts are lonely places where we have to face ourselves, warts and all. Give each other some quiet personal time to ponder this mystery today.

Marriage and Family: A Major Theme for Pope Benedict XVI

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to leave his office, we look back at what the Pope said about marriage and family life. His pastoral concern and esteem for marriage and family turns out to be one of the themes of his papacy.

February 15, 2013

Spiritually Lent is a time to take stock of our lives, see what we can live without and notice who needs our help. Clean out a closet. Clean out your soul – maybe it’s time to go to to confession. Do you know how to make an examination of conscience?

February 14, 2013

(Valentine Day). Merchants make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Flowers, chocolate, and cards are nice, but often a moneyless gift from the heart can be more precious. Be creative. Surprise each other. You can still do chocolate!

February 13, 2013

(Ash Wednesday) Today we begin the penitential season of Lent. As you reflect on what personal penitential practice you might take on during Lent, also consider if there is something that you’d like to do as a team. Pray together, fast from sweets, no complaining…

February 12, 2013

(Mardi Gras) Today is Mardi Gras – the feast before the fast. There are times of feasting and fasting in marriage also. What’s your favorite way to celebrate good times in your marriage? Can you surprise your honey with a treat today?

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