Archive for January, 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.
(Baptism of the Lord Sunday) “Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.” (Mt 3:13) Remember your baptism today, and that of your children. Look at pictures and share memories. Are you a godmother or godfather? Pray for your godchild today.
Even if it’s not your cup of tea, sometimes it’s worth doing something with your honey, just because it pleases the other person. For example, watch her favorite movie or his favorite sport, try dancing together, take a lesson…
“…gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton Timothy and Donna have been married for over fifteen years after meeting in the gambling tent while volunteering at their parish carnival. They were engaged in St. Peter’s Basilica during a pilgrimage to Italy. They enjoy caring for, photographing, and sharing the beauty of creation. They […]
Dennis and Mary Jo Weiss write from their home in Hamburg, New York. Over 30 years ago, as a couple of starry-eyed kids just out of college, they made a promise to love and honor each other “all the days of their lives”. With the blessings of five children and now grandchildren, their journey continues.
Anthony is the oldest of five children and grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania. He studied at The Catholic University of America and now teaches Physics at a Catholic high school in Arlington. Sara is the oldest of three and grew up in Wisconsin. She studied at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is now a […]
In his address on Holy Family Sunday in December, Pope Francis said that in the example of the Holy Family, we are reminded of all who are suffering, including our own family members.
Did you know that your marriage gladdens the hearts of the bishops? “We rejoice that so many couples are living in fidelity to their marital commitment,” the bishops wrote in Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. Your marriage matters!
What can you do for your marriage in 2014? Start with something small but meaningful. Here are a few ideas.
Does my job rob us of couple time? Am I “married” to my job? For those whose work is in the home (both paid and unpaid) consider the same questions. Does taking care of our children or my volunteer work consume so much time that no energy or time is left for my beloved? Readjust.
How much do you know about your beloved’s early life (birth place, religious rituals, family traditions)? Even if it’s old news, reminisce or share the history with your kids.
“Welcoming a child, through birth or adoption, is an act of faith as well as an act of love.” (Follow the Way of Love) Pray for couples who want a child but are infertile as well as for those who have an untimely pregnancy and are afraid. Bless your child today.
(traditional date of Epiphany) January 6 (the 12th day after Christmas) is the traditional date of the Epiphany when the three wise men honored Jesus with gifts. Debrief what you liked (or disliked) about your gift giving this Christmas and consider changes for next year.
(Epiphany Sunday) “They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.” (Mt. 10-11) Spend some time today as a family basking in the joy of Christmas. Visit a nativity scene and pray together.
(St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) “On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 11 Pipers Piping.” Now who needs 11 pipers? Maybe the appropriate interpretation would be to share music today. What’s your beloved’s favorite song? Play it or sing it. You don’t have to be good, just willing to try.
(Most Holy Name of Jesus) “On the 10th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 10 Lords-a-Leaping.” Leap to each other’s beck and call today. You’ll either have fun trying to outdo each other, or simply bump into each other. Either way, laugh.
(Sts. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen) “On the 9th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 ladies dancing.” Dancing is not only for ladies or newlyweds. Try it. If you have children, include them. It needn’t be ballroom to be fun. Think Hokey Pokey? Or dance to your first dance […]
Every marriage has its difficult moments, some more severe than many others.
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.
(New Year’s Day; Mary, Mother of God) “When eight days were completed…he was named Jesus.” (Lk 2:21) You’ve been “wearing” your own name for many years now. Do you like it? Do you know what it means? Does your spouse have a special nickname for you? If you have children, do they know the meaning […]