Archive for June, 2014
Different working styles and different ways of coping with stress can lead to tension in a marriage. Josh reflects on the necessity of supporting your spouse – even when it gets prickly – and the role of divine love in our relationships.
Husband and wife are meant to lead each other to heaven. What have you done today to enrich your spouse’s spiritual life?
“But who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:15) Jesus’ question to Peter is also directed at us. Faith in Jesus, the Son of the living God, is at the heart of discipleship. Pray together for that faith today.
Pope Francis says that “I’m sorry” is a phrase husbands and wives should say often. If it’s hard for you to say “I’m sorry,” or to offer forgiveness, pray for a softened heart.
“Rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ.” (1 Pt 4:13) Jesus’ Sacred Heart loves the world enough to suffer for it. Unite your sufferings to those of Christ today.
Gratitude dispels anger. If you are angry at your spouse, think of the times when he/she did something loving for you.
In this moment of crisis, Pope Francis encourages priests for work for and with the family as witnesses and mediators.
Be intentional about giving your spouse your undivided attention when you see each other after your respective daily duties.
John the Baptist leapt in the womb when Mary greeted his mother, Elizabeth. What a joyful scene! Pray for couples expecting children today, and for those who await this blessing.
Start the day with a hug. It gives you a positive mentality.
“The one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” (Jn 6:57) Today on Corpus Christi, give thanks together for the Bread of Life Jesus offers us at every Mass. It is truly food for the journey.
Remember that your marriage is a covenant that involves God, husband and wife. Give thanks daily.
As Mary Jo looks at memories from her own family, she reflects on her family as a Domestic Church and the responsibility that comes with a family name.
Choose a virtue to practice today. Don’t tell anybody what it is but consider charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, or generosity. At the end of the day, ask your spouse or child if they can guess which one you picked.
Every once in a while surprise him/her with a gesture of kindness, such as a cup of coffee or help with the dishes.
(Reader’s Tip) If you do something wrong, don’t say, “I’m sorry,” which doesn’t need a response. Say, “Will you forgive me?” The other spouse has to say “yes” or “no.” If “no,” you need to talk
Pope Francis described the Beatitudes as a “program for holiness.” This series examines how the Beatitudes can serve as a program for holiness in our marriages and families.
Pope Francis reminds parents of the importance of slowing down and taking time to play with their children and spending time together as a family.
While divorce was once a topic discussed delicately, some are now using it as an occasion to celebrate lavishly. Emily Macke discusses the rise of “divorce parties” and the lingering effects of divorce, especially on children.
(Reader’s Tip) The most important thing for a long and happy marriage is to be friends with your spouse. You need to have a friend who always has your back, no matter what comes up.
(Reader’s Tip) I look at my husband’s body language and can tell whether he’s tense or feeling “beat up” after a long day at work. I usually give him a neck and head massage. How can you be responsive to the needs of your spouse today?
“Encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor 13:11) Follow the advice of St. Paul today. Fathers, set an example of love and peace for your children.
(Reader’s Tip) Spend time every day thinking of reasons you love your spouse. You’ll never struggle to remember why you married him or her.
Is marriage about finding your “other half”? Tim and Donna use mathematics and hummus to discuss what it means to be whole, as a person and a couple.
(Reader’s Tip) Choose your battles. Every little thing isn’t worth an argument.