Archive for September, 2013
Psychologically, negative messages are more powerful than positive ones. If you’ve been hard on yourself lately, list three things you did well today. It’ll make you a more pleasant person for your spouse to be around.
Want to pray more, but not sure how? Try taping a list of people you want to pray for (or a morning offering) to the bathroom mirror. Make sure your spouse is #1. You both will see it every day. Maybe alternate the responsibility for this each week.
Saying “yes” to time for your marriage and family could mean saying “no” to good things, as Sara and Justin write about here. As Fall begins, with increased activities for many families, their advice is timely.
Does your beloved need to hear words of love or apology from you? Do it today. There might not be a tomorrow.
“We must have places where children can have a whole group of adults they can trust”. (Margaret Mead) Does your family have such a community? If you don’t have children yourselves, can you be that supportive community for your neighborhood?
(Reader’s Tip) A great marriage lets you fall in love many times…and always with the same person!
Consider living beneath your means. Many people in the world don’t have a choice. Even it you are still collecting necessities for your household, is there one thing that you can give away this week? You’ll be richer for it.
“You carry out the mission of the church of the home in ordinary ways when…you pray together…God answers all prayers, but sometimes in surprising ways.” (Follow the Way of Love, USCCB) Looking back on the past year, can you identify a prayer that has been answered?
How FREE are you and your family? Can you enjoy each other’s company without spending money? Can you have fun without depending on electricity? Explore free recreation this weekend. Sing and dance – or at least talk and walk.
The Pontifical Council for the Family invites all families to Rome for a special pilgrimage of families to St. Peter’s tomb, October 26-27. The pilgrimage will celebrate the family as a privileged place for teaching the faith and as an antidote against excessive individualism.
Bl. Frederic Ozanam is best known for founding the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which now serves the poor in 148 countries. But through his marriage to Amelie, he proved the axiom, “Charity starts at home.” On the 23rd of every month, Bl. Frederic gave Amelie flowers, in remembrance of their wedding on June 23, 1841.
Gus has learned how to make the sign for “more.” His growing communication skills remind Sara and Justin of the importance of communicating clearly in marriage, especially during times of stress or strong emotions.
“Having a boy who is almost a teenager at the dinner table is kind of like eating with a vacuum cleaner,” writes Josh. In this post, he reflects on the importance of sharing meals as a family, and how it’s about more than what’s on the plate.
(Feast of Blessed Mother Teresa) We now know that Mother Teresa suffered “dark nights” when she keenly felt God’s absence. Even in marriage, one can experience loneliness. Stay faithful to prayer and to your vocation, even if you don’t feel like it.
The author uses an evangelical style to encourage readers to be a “woman for others.”
Unemployment can put stress on a marriage – and it’s not just about the money. It’s about what value am I to my family or our society? If your spouse is job hunting or underemployed be gentle and be there for each other. If this is not a problem, pray for those who need work.
Sending the kids back to school after the holiday weekend can be chaotic. Make sure to connect with your spouse. A more-than-casual welcome or goodbye kiss is a good start.
On this Labor Day, use a labor saving device (washer, microwave, car, blender, etc.) to save some time and do something playful with your honey. Pray for (and thank) those who worked to make your life easier.
In today’s reading (Luke 14:1, 7-14) Jesus urges us to humble ourselves—not an easy task in today’s world! Can you defer to your spouse today, perhaps in the choice of TV program or what to have for dinner?