Archive for February, 2014
What’s your favorite religious or spiritual book other than the Bible? Why has it touched you so? Has your spouse also read it? If your favorite is not the same, maybe it’s time to read a new book.
Personality is like eye color – there’s not a right or wrong kind. It’s also not crucial that couples be the same. Often, however, arguments start when we expect our spouse to think and act just like us. If you’ve never taken a personality inventory, try the audit on this website.
“Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15) Any two people who live as closely as husband and wife are bound to emotionally hurt each other at times. It may be a careless word or wanting your way. Don’t be too proud to repent. “I’m sorry” is the first step. Making amends is the next.
Married couples and priests need each other. Is there a priest in your life – your pastor, or a former teacher? – whom you could invite to dinner, or to a family event? Or make a point of remember his ordination anniversary or birthday.
In a short address to the world’s cardinals, Pope Francis spoke of deepening the theology of the family.
Lent is approaching. Is there a bad habit that you would like to eliminate? Anything you wouldn’t want to teach your children to do? Lent and your children can give you the motivation to let go of it. Ask your spouse for help.
Looking back over the years, Stacey realizes that she can handle almost instinctively situations that earlier would have caused much distress. Growth in marriage and parenting is possible!
“Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger and abounding in kindness.” (Ps 103:8) In these words, God gives married couples a blueprint for life together! Are you slow to anger…or quick to find fault? Would your spouse say you are “abounding in kindness”? Ask the Lord for help to love your spouse as […]
Communication tip: Agree in advance that when a conversation gets heated, either spouse can call a “time out.” Take at least 20 minutes to cool down and process what was said before regrouping and continuing the discussion.
Does cohabiting before marriage lessen one’s chances of divorce? Conventional wisdom might say “yes,” but social science says “no.” Read on for why the “alternative lifestyle” of marriage is a solid foundation for a couple’s future.
The lay movement Teams of Our Lady asks its members (married couples) to have a “sit down” once a month. Husband and wife set aside time to give each other undivided attention and share what’s on their hearts. Could this practice benefit your marriage?
A new Spanish-language film (with English subtitles) from the USCCB illustrates through a dramatic plotline the beauty of lifelong married love between a man and a woman. Take a look!
Adoption: Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It By Dr. Ray Guarendi While We Wait: Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt by Heidi Schlumpf Spirituality in the “Domestic Church”: The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality by David Robinson Six Sacred Rules for Families: Spirituality for the Home by David Gibson Prayers for the Domestic […]
Fatherhood: Man to Man, Dad to Dad: Catholic Faith and Fatherhood by Brian Caulfield Motherhood: A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard Saints on Call: Everyday Devotions for Moms by Christine Gibson Creating New Life, Nurturing Families: A Woman’s Perspective by Sidney Callahan Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and […]
Do you remember what Scriptures were read at your wedding? Look them up today and read them to each other. Do they say something different to you than they did on your wedding day?
“Your offenses; your sins I remember no more.” (Is 43:25) “Child, your sins are forgiven.” (Mk 2:5) We humans hold grudges – but that is not the way of God, the way of love. Let go of an annoyance or fault of your beloved today. Don’t bring it up again – at least for a […]
On Valentine’s Day, Pope Francis met with engaged couples. He talked with them about overcoming the fear of “forever,” the challenge of living together as husband and wife, and the celebration of marriage.
“Marriage is not merely a private institution.” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan) Marriage matters for many people beyond the married couple: children, neighbors, friends. Reflect today on all the lives your marriage has touched.
As a couple without children, it’s easy to get too focused on what we “don’t” have. But what we do have is pretty remarkable.
President’s Day can be more than a day off work, a time when government offices are closed, or stores have sales. What does it mean to lead? What does it mean to protect and to seek the common good? These are questions for both spouses and presidents.
“Go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift,” Jesus says to his disciples. (Mt 5:24) Is there anyone you need to reconcile with? Perhaps your spouse? A child? A parent or parent-in-law? Pray for opportunities for healing a broken or tense relationship.
One of the most reliable predictors of a lifelong marriage is the commitment to a lifelong marriage. Put the “D word” (Divorce) off the negotiating table. Commitment pushes you toward solutions, and perhaps a counselor.
What’s the most romantic trip you can take? Perhaps it’s a trip down memory lane. On this day of love, remember how you met, your first date, your first kiss, your proposal/acceptance, your first night as a married couple…
What’s your spouse’s favorite treat? See if you guessed right. Now you’ve got a plan; it’s just a matter of when you surprise your beloved with it.
Renew your vows today or on Valentine’s Day. “I _____, take you, _____, 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 and honor you all the days of my life.”