2013 July, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for July, 2013

July 31, 2013

“What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine…?” (Romans 8:35) Try substituting your spouse’s name for “Christ.” Jesus never said it would be easy. Call on the power of God and your commitment to each other during hard times.

The Exchange of Consent

The Exchange of Consent

The consent exchanged between bride and groom is the “indispensable element that ‘makes the marriage'” (Catechism). The beautiful words provide rich reflection for both engaged and married couples.

For Your Own Good

Gus has gotten himself into a dangerous situation, and Sara and Justin must work quickly to help him. After recovering from their momentary panic they reflect on lessons learned.

July 30, 2013

A toy or experience that has been ‘longed for’ is much more appreciated. Ungrateful children usually have too much stuff. Don’t let guilt cause you to mistake a child’s desire for a command. The same applies to adults.

Household Duties

Household Duties

In studies of marital satisfaction, the topic of sharing household duties is one of the primary sources of dissatisfaction for couples, especially in the early years of marriage and when both spouses work outside the home. Here are some practical suggestions that might help.


Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Stacey’s mother is facing surgery. Stacey shares several observations from that difficult day.

July 29, 2013

Laughter heals and bonds. Laugh together today. Watch a funny TV program or movie, tell each other a silly joke, play a practical joke that won’t backfire, or reminisce about the crazy things you’ve done during your life together.

July 28, 2013

Happiness can be fleeting. Selfless love has the potential to carry a couple over the long haul and bring abiding joy. Is there some way you can be selfless today? Don’t aim for every day; just today.

July 27, 2013

Voluntary simplicity can be very satisfying, especially when a couple has goals of service that they explore together. It doesn’t mean you never splurge, but rather these “things” are not the ultimate source of joy in your relationship.

Are Online Dating Sites Coming of Age?

A new study concludes that “a surprising number of Americans now meet their spouse online,” and “meeting a spouse online is on average associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital breakup.” More than one-third of U.S. marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online.

July 26, 2013

Today is the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus.  What lesson about marriage or parenting have you learned from your or your spouse’s parents?

July 25, 2013

As humans we all seek happiness, but what the world suggests will make us happy is often temporary bliss. Being happy often results from giving it away. Bring some happiness to another today. Start with your spouse.

Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding (VIDEO)

Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding (VIDEO)

This new video resource walks you through the Rite of Marriage, whether you’re marrying another Catholic, a baptized person who is not Catholic, or someone who is not baptized. It also answers several FAQs about Catholic weddings. Ideal for engaged couples, their families and anyone who is involved in Catholic marriage preparation.

July 24, 2013

Your spouse is priority #1. Don’t let work, or projects, or hobbies, or even your children, bump him or her from first place. It’s priceless.

Home Improvement

Sara and Justin enjoy watching home makeover shows, but their own taste runs more towards the functional and comfortable. Read how they’ve de-cluttered this summer–and how they used the extra cash.

July 23, 2013

Take some time to free your home of unnecessary clutter and stuff. Make it a family project. It’s a good reminder to live simply.

Brain Tumor

Stacey’s Mom has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. In Part 1 of a two-part blog entry, Stacey recounts her Mom’s reaction–and her own–to the scary news.

‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America

Some interfaith couples downplay their faith differences, but that’s not a good idea, says the author of this new book. Religious differences are more than superficial. They need to be addressed before the wedding to avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.

July 22, 2013

Social Media Tip:  Make your status “married” and refer to your spouse in respectful, loving ways on the internet, lest anyone wonder whether you are available. Let your spouse know your password. There should be nothing to hide.

July 21, 2013

Today’s gospel reading about Martha and Mary reminds us that spouses, too, can be more of an activist (Martha) or a contemplative (Mary). Which are you? How does this mesh with your spouse’s temperament?

July 20, 2013

Technology is wonderful when it works, but sometimes it works too well and robs couples of face time. Use tools like e-mail, Facebook, and texting to connect with each other, not disconnect. A live spouse is better than a virtual one.

July 19, 2013

Marriage is more complicated the second time around. If you’re a widow(er) or have received an annulment and are thinking about remarriage, take advantage of programs for couples in a second marriage.

July 18, 2013

(Reader’s Tip) Marriage is like a football game. Never forget that you’re on the same team and, most importantly, keep God as your quarterback. You will remain undefeated!

Lost Coupon Organizer

Sara has lost her coupon organizer–a minor household disaster! She knows it will turn up, but when and where? Her experience prompts some reflections about lost sheep.

July 17, 2013

Prayer is good for anyone, at any time, but many couples are afraid to pray together. It may feel like letting another into one’s private world. Start with something simple, like an Our Father together before bedtime.

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