2014 January, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for January, 2014



January 31, 2014

(St. John Bosco) Sometimes spouses have different conversation goals. I might raise an issue because I want to complain about how something didn’t work. My husband used to think I wanted him to explain why it didn’t work or try to fix it. Now I just say, “Hey, I just want to vent.”


Fraternity and the Family

In his 2014 World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of recognizing all human persons as our brothers and sisters – a recognition that begins in our families.


Journeys of Love

Our Christmas journeys (and hosting) this year taught us the importance of being present with others – a lesson the three wise men knew well.


Patience: Key to a Lasting Marriage

Patience: Key to a Lasting Marriage

When long-married couples are asked the recipe for marital success, many identify patience as a key ingredient. It’s the indispensable virtue for living together day after day in relative peace, without constant struggles to change the other to our liking.


How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church?

Actually, nothing. Sacraments are not for sale. It’s appropriate, however, for the bride and groom to share their joy and, in generosity, to contribute to the support of the Church and its ministers.


The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

Parents and families play a crucial role in fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. One religious sister reflects on specific ways that her family formed her to hear and heed God’s call.


January 30, 2014

“The deepest insecurity for women is the fear of isolation and deprivation, and for men it’s a dread of failure and shame.” (Kristin Taveira) Does this ring true for you? Check it out with each other.


January 29, 2014

In 2 Samuel, we hear of King David giving in to lust for Bathsheba and then covering it up. Don’t put yourself in places of temptation. Put your energy into the one you vowed to love.


January 28, 2014

(St. Thomas Aquinas) Do your kids drain you of so much energy that you just want to stay home and veg out on a Saturday night? Consider sharing kids! Offer to take another couple’s child(ren) one night to give them a break. Then trade the favor the next week. Or if you don’t have kids, […]


January 27, 2014

(St. Angela Merici) “Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life.” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan) Partnership here means sharing in life together, helping each other, journeying together toward heaven. Does that describe your marriage?


January 26, 2014

“I urge you, brothers and sisters…that there be no divisions among you.” (1 Cor 1:10) Husbands and wives united in love are a great gift to the world! Consider those things that divide you and your spouse: old grudges or disagreements. Ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of unity.


January 25, 2014

(Conversion of St. Paul) Today we celebrate the conversion of St. Paul. Conversion is an ongoing process for all of us. Talk with your beloved today about “conversion moments” you’ve experienced – big or small.


January 24, 2014

(St. Francis de Sales) There are people in our midst who quietly go about doing thankless jobs like cleaning the toilet, changing sheets, stocking grocery shelves, picking up other people’s garbage, or working in a fast food restaurant. Thank someone for making your life easier. Maybe it’s your spouse.


Marriage in the News

David Gibson served for 37 years on the editorial staff at Catholic News Service, where he was the founding and long-time editor of Origins, CNS Documentary Service. David received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota and an M.A. in religious education from The Catholic University of America. Married for 38 years, he […]


January 23, 2014

“Where you put your time, you put your life.” (Clayton Barbeau) What are your deepest values? Does the way you spend your time reflect these? If not, why not? Take charge.


January 22, 2014

(Roe v. Wade Anniv) Marriage is the “sanctuary of life.” (Bl. John Paul II) We grieve today the loss of so many lives to abortion. Do something pro-life today: pray together for the protection of human life or visit a sick, elderly, or disabled person. Little actions of kindness build a culture of life.


January 21, 2014

(St. Agnes) “Taking time to rest is not a waste of time.” (Susan Vogt) Give yourself a break today or tomorrow – from kids, a chore, worries. It doesn’t have to be long to refresh. Take your cue from God, our creator, who rested on the seventh day.


January 20, 2014

(MLK Jr. Day) Do you have a dream for your life together? You may not express it like Martin Luther King did, but having a dream gives direction to your life. Tell each other your dreams.


January 19, 2014

Sunday “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Ps 40:8a, 9a) When’s the last time you and your spouse have prayed together to know God’s will for your family? Spend time today asking the Lord what more he has to teach you. Pray to be always ready to do His will.


January 18, 2014

Jesus often reminds his disciples not to be afraid: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Mt 14: 27) We are human, however, and we still have fears. What are you afraid of? Share your fears with your beloved, and encourage each other.


January 17, 2014

(St. Anthony) Did you have a dream last night? Recently? You say you seldom remember dreams? Make an intention to remember tonight’s dream. You may be surprised. Share your scariest dream with your spouse.


January 16, 2014

Winning an argument is not about proving you’re right. It’s not YOUR problem or MY problem. It’s OUR problem. Sometimes the marriage can win if you lose.


January 15, 2014

You may not think about your decision to marry as a call from God, but rather as an intense attraction to your beloved. Hmm, isn’t that what compelled the apostles to follow Jesus?


January 14, 2014

Parenting can be a joy but can also put stress on a marriage. Parenting young children is physically demanding. Parenting teens is emotionally draining. Take time today to reconnect with your spouse.


January 13, 2014

“Then they abandoned their nets and followed [Jesus].” (Mk 1:18) The apostles were ready to leave their work to follow Jesus. Work is necessary to pay bills and raise kids, but sometimes our job can steal time needed for our vocation – marriage. Ask your spouse if your work is in balance.


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