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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?


A Valentine to Pope Benedict XVI

Like most everyone else, Stacey was stunned by the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. She offers her appreciation for this beloved pastor and wise teacher.


Seven Reasons Why I Love My Husband

As we celebrate National Marriage Week and Valentine’s Day, Sara offers some specific reasons why she loves her husband. Being married to Justin, she concludes, “has far surpassed my expectations.”


February 11, 2013

Laughter is one of the best stress reducers. Spouses can do this for each other by bringing a little comic relief when your beloved feels overworked or stressed out. You don’t have to be laugh-out-loud funny, just your usual corny self.


February 10, 2013

(World Marriage Day)  We are reminded that marriage is not just a private affair, but a time for your love to impact the world. Just as Jesus told Simon to “Put out into deep water…for a catch.” (Lk 5:4) find a way to multiply your love through serving or feeding others today.


February 9, 2013

Are you an extrovert while your beloved is an introvert – or vice-versa? Introverts need time to think before they speak. Extroverts often speak in order to think. (But they may change their mind quickly too.)


Life for Sandwich-Generation Parents: “Pulled in Many Directions”

If you are supporting both your own children and your parents, like many Americans, you are a part of the “sandwich generation.” The Pew center recently released a report on its new survey of the sandwich generation.


February 8, 2013

How do you handle travel in your marriage? When one of you travels and the other stays home, how do you connect during your separation? Sharing stories of your time away from each other can be one of the sweetest ways to reconnect. Just make sure it’s not all complaints.


February 7, 2013

Today is the start of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14). What is the best part about being married? Have you talked to your kids about the beauty of marriage?


Retreat Day Six: Marriage is a Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth

Retreat Day Six: Marriage is a Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth

Breaking Open the Theme Each stage of marriage has its own joys and sorrows, opportunities and challenges. When understood in the light of Christ’s own journey, they can contribute to human growth and spiritual maturity. That is, a couple grows in holiness by journeying with Christ through the mystery of His life, death and Resurrection. […]


Retreat Day Three: Marriage is a Communion of Love and Life

Retreat Day Three: Marriage is a Communion of Love and Life

Breaking Open the Theme In creating man and woman for each other, God made marriage to be love-giving and life-giving. We call these two purposes or “ends” of marriage the unitive and the procreative. They are inseparably connected and are ordered to each other. The two purposes cannot be separated “without altering the couple’s spiritual […]


Retreat Day Two: Marriage is the Unique Union of a Man and a Woman

Retreat Day Two: Marriage is the Unique Union of a Man and a Woman

Breaking Open the Theme In the beginning, says Sacred Scripture, God created man and woman in his image, “male and female He created them” (Gn 1:27). In His wisdom, God planned that man and woman would be made “for each other”: “they are equal as persons…and complementary as masculine and feminine” (Catechism of the Catholic […]


Retreat Day Seven: Marriage is a School of Love and Gratitude

Retreat Day Seven: Marriage is a School of Love and Gratitude

Breaking Open the Theme As Adam recognized Eve as God’s gift to him, likewise spouses should recognize each other as God’s gift in their lives.  Through life’s journey, sometime a husband or wife may need to reflect on the gift of the other, especially when misunderstandings or difficulties arise. To remember how this person came […]


Retreat Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift

Retreat Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift

Breaking Open the Theme “Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, p. 1). The vocation to marriage is inscribed in the very nature […]


February 6, 2013

Some people need more “alone time” than others. Of course marriage is about being together – but not all the time. Check out with your beloved whether you need more space or time alone.


Retreat Day Four: Marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s Love

Retreat Day Four: Marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s Love

Breaking Open the Theme Jesus heals marriage and restores it to its original purity of permanent self-giving in one flesh. But the Lord does not stop there. Christ generously invites husband and wife to participate in His spousal love for his Church. Christian spouses are invited to model their love on God’s inner life and […]


Retreat Day Five: Marriage is the Foundation of the Family and Society

Retreat Day Five: Marriage is the Foundation of the Family and Society

Breaking Open the Theme The early Church understood the Christian family as an ecclesia domestica, or domestic Church. This idea recognizes that the smallest expression of the Church is not the parish, but the Christian family. The family, our first community, is the basic way God gathers us and forms us. Christian families not only […]


February 5, 2013

Humor can lighten a stressful situation in life. Look for an opportunity today to lighten your beloved’s life with a touch of humor. Poke fun at yourself, or exaggerate a frustrating situation to the point of levity.


Married Saint of the Month: Blessed Giuseppe Tovini

Not every saint exudes great charisma or accomplishes heroic works. Blessed Giuseppe Tovini achieved sanctity by fulfilling the ordinary duties of husband, father and citizen.


Becoming My Mother

As Sara settles into her new role as stay-at-home mom, she realizes that she’s picked up some of her mother’s characteristics–like pinching pennies.


She’s Got My Back

Josh has been extra busy lately, and it’s been hard to keep connected to Stacey. But her little acts of caring and support show that she has his back.


February 4, 2013

In marriage, arguments are seldom black and white, “I’m right and you’re wrong.” Look for the golden mean when you’re on opposite sides.


February 3, 2013

1 Cor 13:4-8 is a scripture often used at weddings. Which element of love is most challenging for you: Patience? Kindness? Goodwill? Humility? Self-Sacrifice? Tolerance? Long Suffering? Optimism? Hopefulness? Faith?


February 2, 2013

(Presentation of the Lord ) Every parent experiences a time when they understand the prophesy that Simeon said to Mary, “And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.” (Luke 2:34) Do you know a parent who needs consoling? Are you that parent today?


Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days

Many adult children come back home to live for awhile these days. This book by the author of a similarly-titled, well-known childrens’ series, is an account of the (temporary) return of her youngest son and his family.


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