2014 August, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for August, 2014



August 31, 2014

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mt 16:24)  We never have to carry our crosses alone.  Turn to Christ and allow your spouse to help you carry your cross as well.


August 30, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) Start and end each day by thanking God for letting this person be in your life. Just a quick smile when they walk in the room tells them you care that they are near you.


Declining Rates of Catholic Weddings

Emily Macke discusses a trend among Americans today, especially the Millennial generation, who seem to be opting out of Church weddings,


What I Learned in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Josh relates how he turned the viral “ice bucket challenge” into an opportunity to teach his children about charity and following their convictions.


August 29, 2014

Parents, has your child disappointed you in some way? You need to hold him or her accountable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t welcome your child back with open arms. Can you think of any offense that is not forgivable? God can’t.


August 28, 2014

Technology and media are useful for connecting and inspiration but they can also rob you of precious couple time. A few seconds can easily morph into an hour.  Evaluate your media use, individually and as a couple.


August 27, 2014

St. Monica prayed for years for the conversion of her son.  His feast day is tomorrow: St. Augustine!  Mothers and fathers, ask St. Monica to intercede for your child(ren).


August 26, 2014

Do sports or other recreational pursuits steal your attention away from your beloved? Independent interests are fine as long as your spouse doesn’t feel neglected. Not sure if it’s too much? Ask.


August 25, 2014

Not all infidelity is sexual. Does your work steal your attention away from your spouse? Do opposite sex colleagues at work seem more appealing because they seem to be on the same wavelength or flatter you? Pay attention to your vow and your spouse.


August 24, 2014

In today’s Gospel Peter professes of Christ, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Mt 16:16) Do you proclaim Christ as your Savior in your daily life?  In your marriage?


August 23, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) Take a moment each day to say how much you love your spouse. Thank them for what they do for the family, or just say that you miss them when you’re apart.


When a Man Likes a Woman: 5 Do’s

When a Man Likes a Woman: 5 Do’s

In my then-boyfriend’s apartment, I smiled while I quietly asked a question: “What crossed your mind the first time you saw me?” He thoughtfully paused, and aligned his eyes with mine, before he answered without blinking (and, apparently, without thinking): “I want a piece of her.” You want a piece of me? The line led to […]


August 22, 2014

“Live not as foolish persons but as wise.” (Eph 5:15) Who is the wisest (not smartest) living person you know? What has he/she taught you about true wisdom?


August 21, 2014

Time Out Part 4: After taking a time out, come back together, now with calmer emotions.  If another time out is needed, take it!  But don’t avoid the issue indefinitely.


The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

Anthony and I are married. It’s surreal to type that sentence. We’re on our honeymoon as I write this, and we’ve had several moments together in the last two weeks when we look at the other and think, “what did we just do?” The reality of our marriage seems so much bigger than us, and, […]


Do what You want with me

God’s plan…or our plan? Donna writes about the challenges of saying with Mary, “Thy will be done.”


August 20, 2014

Time Out Part 3: Did you know that physiologically it takes 20 minutes to calm down after getting upset?  Time outs give your spouse a chance to “re-set” and be their true, better self.


August 19, 2014

Time Out Part 2: Call a timeout on yourself when you feel yourself getting agitated.  Take 20 minutes to do something calming: pray, breathe deeply, walk.  Stepping away is an act of love.


In Korea: Words for Youth & Laity

In an apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis spoke of marriage and family life as a “call” and he encouraged Christians to support marriages and families.


August 18, 2014

Time Out Part 1: Ever shaken a can of soda and then opened it?  Pretty messy!  Emotions can be like that.  Once riled up, we’re liable to say or do something “messy.”  One solution: take a time out.


August 17, 2014

“But the woman came and did him homage, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ (Mt 15:25)  Have the humility to come to God when you are struggling with problems in your family and life.


August 16, 2014

When all else fails, WAIT. When things aren’t going well in your marriage – and there are bound to be those days – give it time. Sometimes we need to just have some time alone, cool off, sleep on it and then come back with more positive feelings.


August 15, 2014

We celebrate the Assumption today, a Marian Solemnity.  It is a great day to pray a family rosary.  Have a special dessert too, in honor of our Blessed Mother.


Learning Love: The Theology of the Body and the Family (Part 2)

As the domestic Church, the family is where we first learn love. Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides a number of ways in which the family can grow in love of each other, neighbor, and God.


August 14, 2014

St. Maximilian Kolbe made the ultimate sacrifice, giving up his life for a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz.  Marriage gives us daily opportunities for sacrifice. How can you better love your spouse and children today?


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