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Archive for November, 2014

November 30, 2014

“Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” (Mk 13:33) Advent is a season of waiting. As Christians we are not only waiting for the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas but the day that Christ will come again. Always be prepared to meet Christ.

Advent Traditions

Dennis reflects on fond family memories of Advent, especially the peaceful glow of the Advent candles as the family gathered around the table for dinner and prayers.

November 29, 2014

“I am the Alpha and the Omega.” (Rev 1:8) Just as God is the Beginning and the End, so your marriage has a beginning (the marriage vows) and an end (death). What’s important too is in the middle. Make the middle meaningful today.

November 28, 2014

As Christmas shopping accelerates, seek simplicity. Enjoy homemade fun (playing games, singing) and homemade treats today.

November 27, 2014

“Thanks be to God!” is a common expression not only of thanks but also of relief that a danger was averted. In this season of thanks, is there a bad fortune that you avoided? Thank God for invisible blessings – a cold not caught, a curt retort stifled…

November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally times when adult children return home and blended families gather in unique and complicated ways. This can be both joyous and stressful as family systems reshuffle. Be patient.

November 25, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) Be kind and joyful. Each day pray for your spouse and, as often as possible, pray with them.

An Inspiring Half Century

Tim planned a special birthday party for Donna, and in the process was reminded of the high value of a “worthy wife” (Prov. 31).

November 24, 2014

Do you have a hard time getting your beloved to share thoughts and feelings with you? Some spouses are the quiet type who will talk when ready. Others just need you to be patient and make space for speech. Do you talk too much?

November 23, 2014

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40) Recognize Christ in your spouse and in all those that you meet. If you are struggling to serve your spouse, remember that you are serving Christ as well.

November 22, 2014

St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music. Whether you’re a virtuoso or can’t carry a tune, enjoy music today with your family (sing, listen to a favorite song, practice instruments together).

November 21, 2014

“But of that day or hour, no one knows…” (Mk 13:32) Death is not something most people like to think about, but it is inevitable and indeed we don’t know “the day or hour.” Don’t avoid talking about your deaths – even if you’re young. Do you know each other’s final wishes?

November 20, 2014

“Elijah said to [the widow] ‘Do not be afraid.’” (1 Kings 17:13) Do you have money worries? Have you ever? Do you or your spouse worry more about money? Pray for both prudence and detachment.

Complementarity is at the Root of Marriage

In an address at the “Humanum” conference in Rome, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of male-female complementarity in marriage.

Becoming Masters of Love

Emily Macke shares the research findings of psychologist John Gottman about what makes couples “masters” or “disasters” of love.

Gaining Trust While Losing Control

Sara reflects on how marriage calls spouses not to think of only their own happiness, but the well-being of the other when making big and small decisions.

November 19, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) Keep Jesus’s teachings at the center of your marriage: Be the first to forgive and the last to blame, and never go to sleep angry with each other.

November 18, 2014

Married couples are called to lead each other to heaven. Show your spouse how much God loves them by doing an unexpected kindness for them today.

November 17, 2014

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a married saint, became a young widow when her husband died of the plague after only six years of marriage. Pray today for those who have lost a spouse, and look for ways to support them.

November 16, 2014

“Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:21) God is calling us to share in his joy through the sacrament of marriage. Don’t forget to share smiles and laughter with your spouse.

November 15, 2014

Colder weather brings us indoors. Do you have indoor hobbies to share with your spouse? Puzzles, board games, crafts, etc. Recreational time together builds friendship and intimacy.

November 14, 2014

Try this today: when you’re tempted to say something curt or not-so-nice to your spouse, instead smile, pause, and find something kind to say instead.

November 13, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) Use the phrase “Praised be Jesus Christ” as the first and last words of each day to your spouse and children.

Pope Francis on the Importance of Family Life

On the Malawi bishops’ Ad Limina Visit, Pope Francis spoke with them about the importance of their commitment to family life. “There is no aspect of family life…which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love,” he said.

November 12, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) I show my wife how much I love and appreciate her each day by lovingly waking her, making breakfast, and starting her car on cold mornings.

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