Archive for July, 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 is the heart of the Rite of Marriage. Couples may declare their consent using one of the following formulas: 1. I (name) take you (name) to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
(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!
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.
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.