Archive for July, 2014
St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, encouraged meditation on the Scriptures by placing yourself in the midst of a Scriptural text, picturing the scene in great detail. Try this today with your spouse and children.
Pope Francis continues to speak about the family! Recent comments touch on familiar themes: the importance of parents playing with their children, and the role of labor and human dignity.
Have you ever had to feed a large crowd? Perhaps more guests came than you planned. Yes, plan ahead, but when circumstances surprise you, take what you have, give thanks, and offer it. It will be enough. Don’t fight with your spouse over who didn’t plan enough.
A bad day or a big fish? Stacey reflects on how difficulties in life can be a sign that God has big plans on the line for each of us.
(Reader’s Tip) Say “thank you,” especially for the little things. It lets your spouse know you noticed and appreciated what they did, no matter how little the task.
When you are not able to be sexually intimate (illness, fatigue, wrong time of the month, separation, not in the mood…), how do you still express love to your spouse? Find a creative way to express your love today.
Are there circumstances in your life that are inhibiting your relationship with your beloved? These could be serious like addictions or simple like focusing more on your phone then your spouse. Recognize what stands between you and your spouse and “throw them away.”
St. Joachim and St. Anne carried the cross of infertility for many years before they were blessed to become the parents of our Blessed Mother. Pray today for married couples still waiting for the blessing of children.
“My husband, Frank, and I have learned that our sexual union should be focused on giving rather than getting. NFP provided the environment to live this out.” – Jennifer, from Signs of Grace.
“NFP grew our relationship with each other and with God in ways we never expected.” – Tom, from Be Her Joseph.
“In studying NFP in the context of the Theology of the Body, both of us have become more open to each other, to God, and to children.” – Michael and Alysha, from NFP Couples’ Stories.
Emily Macke continues her reflection on the Instrumentum Laboris, this time discussing Church teachings on birth control in respect to the recent Hobby Lobby decision and upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
Timothy and Donna reminisce about their pilgrimage in Rome – their adventures, inconveniences, and ultimately their engagement.
“In our experience with Natural Family Planning, I can tell you that I feel so respected and well cared-for by my husband in a big way.” – Sarah, from My Husband the Gentleman.
This week is Natural Family Planning Awareness Week. Not sure what NFP is? Already a pro? Either way, check out the NFP resources on the USCCB website and on For Your Marriage.
“The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness.” (Rom 8:26) When a difficult decision looms, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. It can be as simple as praying, “Come, Holy Spirit!”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes grace as the “free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God.” My husband, Frank, and I have experienced God’s “undeserved help,” as we have wrestled with His plan for our family. We now know it was God’s grace […]
Doing things together is good but, depending on your personality, some spouses can feel smothered. Do you have enough alone time or personal hobbies to refresh your spirit and bring a renewed you and new ideas to your marriage?
Do you and your spouse want to connect when you’re apart? Set your phone/watch/computer to ring at an agreed upon time. Then, even though separated, you both pause for a moment, picture your spouse, and pray for each other.
When your honey is gone for more than a day, how do you stay connected? A nightly phone call? Skype? Email? A treat snuck into the luggage? Praying for each other?
(Reader’s Tip) Marriage is until death do us part, not until we have a disagreement. Keep this in mind when you hit rough spots and work through them prayerfully and together.
Pope Francis speaks of a number of difficulties that face the family in the effort to balance family life and work. He reminds us what our true priorities should be oriented toward: the family.
Great marriages require commitment, work, and often help! Dennis and Mary Jo reflect on how the ministry Teams of Our Lady has been a positive tool and community for their marriage.
Sarah, a former For Your Marriage blogger, and Daniel have a young son named Charlie. We asked Sarah how she and Daniel pay attention to their marriage while coping with the demands of a baby. Sarah shares some down-to-earth advice.
“Jesus…began to send them out two by two.” (Mk. 6:7) We are stronger together, in bonds of friendship and community.. You too, are sent to your neighbors, your town, your relatives, and the world to heal, to love, to forgive.