2015 February, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for February, 2015

February 28, 2015

How are you doing with your Lenten resolutions? Keeping them can be easier if you and your spouse hold each other accountable.

The Holiness of Play

Mary Jo reflects on the joy she experiences when her grandchildren invite her into their world of play.

February 27, 2015

If one must choose the hardest stage of parenthood, it might be the teen years. They’re too big to carry to their room but too young to always make good decisions. Assure your teen that you will always love them – no matter what.

February 26, 2015

Perhaps you’ve avoided the flu so far. Sooner or later, however, one of you will feel under the weather. How does your beloved like to be cared for? Lots of attention or “Just leave me alone, honey.” Give what he/she needs, not what you would have liked.

Do Young People Delay Marriage Because They Value It?

Emily Macke examines a new study that suggests that young people do not value marriage less but in fact value it so much that they delay getting married in order to spend more time making this big decision

Forty Year Journey Rewards Generations

Forty Year Journey Rewards Generations

For 40 years, the CRS Rice Bowl has been a prominent way of almsgiving during Lent. This article takes a look at how great the impact of the Rice Bowl has been and how your family can participate in it.

February 25, 2015

“We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.” (Henry David Thoreau) Do you consider yourself richer or poorer than average? During this Lent, is there a want that you can let go of?

February 24, 2015

Did you resolve to pray more during Lent? End each evening by praying together, thanking God for your spouse and the blessings of the day.

Womanhood: Equality and Difference

Pope Francis highlighted the unique nature of womanhood by reflecting on equal yet distinct characteristics.

Planning the “Perfect” Wedding

It is easy to get caught up in the details of wedding planning, yet Megan is trying to focus her sights on the bigger picture: the Sacrament of Marriage.

February 23, 2015

One way to sacrifice in Lent is to take stock of what you have but do not need. What can you give up so that others may benefit? Start with your own closet and see if it catches on in your family.

February 22, 2015

“He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” (Mk 1:13) There are many temptations that surround us daily. When faced with an evil temptation, turn to God and He will lead. Encourage your spouse to also avoid temptation.

February 21, 2015

The devil tempted Jesus with food, power, glory, and safety. (Lk 4:1-13) What is the greatest temptation to your marriage? Overwork? Inattentiveness? Sports? Technology? Worry about finances, the kids, security? Face it together.

February 20, 2015

During Lent, Christians reflect on Jesus’s 40 days in the desert. Deserts are lonely places where we have to face ourselves, flaws and all. Give each other some quiet personal time to ponder this mystery today.

On Brothers and Sisters

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the bond between siblings.

February 19, 2015

Lent is a time to take stock of our lives. It’s a great time to go to confession. Schedule a time for confession on your calendar – today. Even better, try to go together with your spouse and children.

Marriage Maintenance

“A marriage needs maintenance much like a home,” writes Tim. A fitting reflection as we start the season of Lent, a time of attentive maintenance to our spiritual lives!

February 18, 2015

Today we begin the penitential season of Lent. As you reflect on what personal penitential practice you might take on during Lent, also consider if there is something that you’d like to do as a team. Pray together, fast from sweets, no complaining…

February 17, 2015

Today is Mardi Gras – the feast before the fast. There are times of feasting and fasting in marriage also. What’s your favorite way to celebrate good times in your marriage? Can you surprise your honey with a treat today?

February 16, 2015

Who is your favorite President and why? Discuss with each other what heroic quality caused you to make your choice. How is your beloved heroic?

February 15, 2015

“A leper came to him…and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mk 1:40) Have you allowed God to clean you, and to heal your wounds? Be not afraid to come before Him.

February 14, 2015

Merchants make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Flowers, chocolate, and cards are nice, but often a moneyless gift from the heart can be more precious. Be creative. Surprise each other. You can still do chocolate!

February 13, 2015

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Have you thought about how you can go out of your way to show your spouse that you love them? Pray to St. Valentine for some inspiration!

The Gift of Children

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis talked about the great gift that children are to families and to society.

Restorative Niche Activities

Stacey shares how she and Josh take time to engage in their own fun activities to help restore their energy and motivation in their daily lives.

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