2014 May, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for May, 2014



May 31, 2014

“Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste.” (Lk 1:39) Mary lost no time in going to her cousin Elizabeth. Do you “travel” to meet your beloved’s needs “in haste”? Taking Mary as your model, try responding without hesitation today to requests from your spouse.


Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. reflects on the theme of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


Crafting Family Memories

As family vacation season approaches, Dennis reflects on the memories made at his family’s favorite vacation spot, and on the beauty of creation.


May 30, 2014

Whose fault was your last fight? Maybe it clearly was one of you, but more often it’s a combination of misunderstanding, forgetting to do something, and spouses having different expectations. To resolve an argument look at what you contributed more than what your spouse did wrong.


The Family at the Heart of Development

In his recent address to the United Nations, Pontifical Council for the Family President Archbishop Paglia discussed the importance of the family as the center of society and human development. Marriage in the News writer Emily Macke outlines and reflects upon the five main points of his address.


May 29, 2014

What lifts up your spirit? A funny story, a good meal, a hug, a compliment? Lift up each other today.


May 28, 2014

“To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.” (#3, Family Pledge of Nonviolence) Could your family say “Yes” to this? World peace begins at home.


Advice to the Groom

Advice to the Groom

As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day on June 15, here’s a wonderful letter from a dad to his soon-to-be-married son. It offers timeless advice, whether you’ve been married one year or 20. Happy Father’s Day to all Dads, Granddads, and expectant Dads!


May 27, 2014

Rita Boeke tells of how she played a practical joke on her husband, Bob, by filling his car with balloons when he was a teacher. (Forever And A Day) Can you think of a practical joke that would bring a smile to your beloved – and not get you in trouble?


May 26, 2014

Memorial Day is a time for picnics and parades. But why? It is only because others have given their lives for us that we get a holiday. Have you or any of your relatives served in the armed services? For whom and for what cause would you give your life?


May 25, 2014

“Always be ready to give…a reason for your hope.” (1 Pt 3:15) And always be ready to speak of your love! Speaking kindly of one’s spouse strengthens the marriage bond. Look for opportunities to build each other up, both alone and in public.


May 24, 2014

Is your own marriage strong and happy? Good. Perhaps it’s time to give back by mentoring engaged couples or becoming involved with marriage ministry in your parish.


The Week We Were Pregnant

An unexpected pregnancy and loss cause Josh and Stacey to reflect on life, trust, and God’s plan.


May 23, 2014

“Marriage is a public good, not just a private relationship. We have a public stake in healthy marriages…. Our society suffers with the collapse of the relationship of the couple who brings a child into the world.” (Bill Doherty) Support others’ marriages too.


May 22, 2014

The Church remembers St. Rita of Cascia today. St. Rita suffered a difficult marriage and the deaths of her children. She is considered a patron for those undergoing marital difficulties. Learn about her today, and ask her prayers if you or others you know are struggling.


May 21, 2014

Consider taking an adult education class together. It could be on technology, a book club, marriage enrichment, a scripture study, or learning more about your faith. Don’t have time to go to a class? Send each other informative emails. Keep your minds alive and in sync.


Family is the Fundamental Cell of Society

In a message to the Philippine Bishops and all of those at the Asian Conference on the Family, Pope Francis recalls the importance of the family in society as it serves as the basis of society and human relationships.


May 20, 2014

Let fire reignite your love. Try a candlelit dinner, sitting in front of a fireplace, or light the house with candles. Be creative. Don’t forget to talk.


May 19, 2014

“It takes a certain quantity of time to catch the quality times. The time it takes to listen to a child’s worry may take less than a minute. Being there when the worry comes up may involve an entire day of just being around.” (Susan Vogt) Same goes for spouses.


May 18, 2014

“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” says Jesus. (Jn 14:1) What causes your heart to be troubled? What causes your spouse’s heart to be troubled? Share your troubles with each other. Then give them to Jesus and pray for peace in your marriage and in your home.


May 17, 2014

Save time at the end of each day to share the highs and lows of your day with each other. Go beyond “just the facts” to how it made you feel.


May 16, 2014

“Have you anything here to eat?” (Lk 24:41) Eating together is not just about food but the nourishment of each other’s company. What’s your favorite way of dining – fast food, meat and potatoes, vegetarian, restaurant, picnics, candlelit at home…? Try it tonight.


My Joy

Marriage can be the source of great joy but sometimes this joy comes from unexpected places. Donna finds this out when caring for Tim and an unpleasant toothache.


May 15, 2014

The Church remembers St. Isidore today, a farmer. Growing food together can be a meaningful activity for a family – shared labor, shared rewards. Start small, with a potted herb or a few plants in the backyard.


A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

Having three adopted children with down Syndrome has proven to be a gift instead of a disability for the Russo family in their day to day lives. Following the unexpected and tragic death of their young son, the family continued to find joy and strength in each other and their faith.


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