2015 March, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for March, 2015



March 31, 2015

Before Easter arrives, is there anything for which you need to ask your spouse’s forgiveness? Ask your spouse, and encourage him or her to do the same.


Looking for a Happy Marriage

Emily Macke compares and summarizes the “Keys to a happy and long-lasting marriage” put forth by multiple media outlets. Retirees, most of whom have been married for over 40 years, share their tips on how to have happy marriages.


Prayers to the Holy Family for the Synod on the Family

On the solemnity of the Annunciation, inspired by Jesus’s conception into a true human family, Pope Francis renewed the Church’s prayer for the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family.


The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

This book provides a much needed look at the difficulties that come with practicing NFP. It is a wonderful resource for married couples who “want to work through the spiritual and emotional challenges of NFP.”


Five Suggestions for Holy Week

Five Suggestions for Holy Week

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn and prayerful time during the Church’s liturgical year. It’s an opportunity for couples to strengthen their own bond by reflecting on Jesus’s journey to Calvary. Here are five suggestions.


March 30, 2015

Email a love letter to your beloved today. It needn’t be long, but it can be romantic!


March 29, 2015

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mk 15:34) Have there been times when you have felt forsaken by God? Has he later proved his presence and love to you? Praise God for his love and presence in your life and marriage.


March 28, 2015

Let today be a “Change It Up” day. Often marriages get stale because they get into ruts. Change something today. It could be simple, like the food you eat, or more challenging, like a bad habit.


March 27, 2015

How do you respond in love when you’re angry with your spouse? It may require calling a “time out” on yourself. After you calm down a bit, you can talk about the issue more charitably.


Seasons

Dennis reflects on how the outward signs of nature – winter into spring – can not only reflect the inward attitudes of Lent, but also the “seasonal” changes of marital love.


March 26, 2015

How do you build trust in a marriage? It’s like a bank account – as you deposit honest deeds and words, trust builds up. It’s earned over time and grows. The same works for children who ask, “Don’t you trust me?” Remind them to make deposits now to build up trust.


March 25, 2015

She “shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us!’” (Is 7:14) In the midst of Lent, a reason for rejoicing! Whatever trial you are facing in your marriage or family, remember that God is with you always.


March 24, 2015

Think you know a lot about your faith? Don’t keep it to yourself. Consider teaching a religious education class. Ideally you could do this as a team. If that’s not possible, the support spouse can review the lesson plans and advise.


How to Smile and Cry Again

Pope Francis reflects on how children can teach adults to be dependent on God, to always remain a child and to smile and cry freely.


Chapter Two: “The Best Way”

Chapter Two: “The Best Way”

In reflecting on the second chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, we see that being made in the image of God truly impacts the nature of married love. Spouses are called to share in the life of God Himself.


March 23, 2015

Have a “Remembering Night.” Remember the first time you saw each other, your first “date”, when you first realized he or she might be “the one”, and the night before your wedding. Share your feelings about each of these times.


March 22, 2015

“If [a grain of wheat] dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn 12:24) Death is hard: the death of a loved one, the death of dreams, and the daily dying to self. But Jesus promises that when united with Him, even death and suffering can be fruitful. Find comfort in His words today.


March 21, 2015

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” (John 8:7) One can’t be married without noticing the other’s faults. Knowing our own faults, however, can help us be more gentle toward our spouse.


Choosing the Readings

In this new post, Megan reflects on how she and Juan chose the readings for their wedding celebration. They found choosing the readings to be a wonderful way of not only preparing for their marriage, but also of entering the season of Lent more fully.


March 20, 2015

Typically couples divide up work around the house according to time, skill, and interest. For a change of pace, try switching up jobs for a day. The work might not get done as efficiently, but you’ll learn a lot.


March 19, 2015

St. Joseph is the model for husbands and fathers. Men, pray to him today to be courageous, prayerful, and gentle leaders in your family.


March 18, 2015

So you’ve got a good marriage. Great! You’re not reading these tips because you’re in trouble but because you want to keep it strong. A good way to invest in the next generation of marriages is to volunteer to do marriage preparation with engaged couples.


March 17, 2015

St. Patrick is said to have used a shamrock as a symbol of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Your marriage, too, is an image of the Trinity! Your love shows God’s love to the world.


Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

This is a reflection on the second chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, “The Mission of Love.” Human love is meant to be a reflection of God’s love for his people. Both the emotional and stable aspects of love can reveal God’s love to us.


March 16, 2015

The spring wedding season is almost here. Do you know someone who’s getting married soon? Send a quick note or e-mail assuring them of your prayers.


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