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Archive for May, 2015

May 31, 2015

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.” (Mt 28:19) We are called to lead others to Christ. Reflect on how you and your family are living out this call. Be witnesses to the love of Christ.

May 30, 2015

Are you a detail person while your beloved sees the big picture – or vice-versa? These differences can complement each other for good, but if too extreme they can cause friction. Make a commitment to see the other’s point of view.

Watch Your Language

At the supermarket getting ready to entertain, Tim and Donna are reminded of the importance of paying attention to language.

On Engagement

Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the time of engagement: a “journey” for man and woman to grow in love.

May 29, 2015

You think you’re right. Your spouse thinks the opposite. Neither of you wins by making the other wrong. Try giving the benefit of the doubt to your beloved. Try it their way – at least once.

May 28, 2015

(Reader’s Tip) When you get frustrated, pray for understanding.

May 27, 2015

Often the simple act of rebooting can remedy a computer problem. Sometimes marriages need a reboot. If a problem is not resolving readily, try this: Stop. Let both of you cool off. Forgive. Ask for a “do over.”

May 26, 2015

Using Natural Family Planning (NFP) helps couples develop an attitude of welcoming children. NFP can also be used to space or limit family size, but an open heart goes a long way.

May 25, 2015

Today we remember the men and women who sacrificed for our country. Pray today for military families who have lost a spouse or child, or who are far away from loved ones.

Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

“My encounters with those who are celibate in the family of God, be they religious or lay faithful, have encouraged me in my own journey to follow Christ more fully.” Chapter six of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis also reflects on the great gift celibate persons are for the Church and the world.

May 24, 2015

“Receive the holy Spirit.” (John 20:22) The Holy Spirit is a powerful presence in our lives. Invite the Holy Spirit to work in your marriage and to lead you on the path to holiness.

May 23, 2015

(Reader’s Tip) When he has long workdays, I surprise him and drop off special treats at his office. It always re-energizes him, physically and mentally.

May 22, 2015

Is your entertainment time ruled by “screens”? Take a break. Use screen-free time as a way to reignite romance and reunite your family the old fashioned way – with conversation, games, and creative fun.

On the Education of Children

As part of his continuing reflections on the family, the pope exhorts parents to educate their children.

Common Courtesy of Love

Men, when is the last time you held the door for your wife? Dennis reflects on how courtesy and respect go a long way in marriage.

May 21, 2015

You’ve probably heard of the advice: “Never go to bed angry.” Although generally this is a fine rule, sometimes a good night’s sleep can provide a cooling off period and help you get fresh perspective.

Marriage, the Consecrated Life, and Women in the Church

Speaking to a group of consecrated men and women, Pope Francis highlighted the relationship between the consecrated life and marriage, and the importance of women’s “feminine genius” in the Church.

May 20, 2015

When you and your spouse are at loggerheads, it’s hard to remember that your beloved is your beloved – not your enemy. He or she isn’t trying to be difficult, but just trying to say that something is very important to him/her. Listen to the need.

May 19, 2015

(Reader’s Tip) When you wake up in the morning, think of something you can do that would make your beloved’s day better. It can be big and special or small and helpful.

May 18, 2015

Sometime we stress ourselves (and therefore our spouse and children) by worrying about things that don’t really matter in the long run, such as compulsive neatness, wealth, or fame. Are you guilty of giving undue attention to things that will pass?

May 17, 2015

“Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Are you always honest with your spouse? Do not lie to them – even if it is a “harmless” lie. We are called to proclaim the truth.

May 16, 2015

(Reader’s Tip) Pray together daily, listen to each other and wait to respond until the other is finished speaking.

May 15, 2015

Your spouse is not your competitor. Too often couples keep score on who cleaned more, took care of the kids last, or has the hardest job. Remember: you’re both on the same team. If somebody wins an argument, that means the other lost. The marriage loses.

On a Mission

Every married couple has a mission! Megan and Juan are discovering theirs through the process of marriage preparation with a mentor couple.

On Family Life: “Please, Thank You, Forgive Me”

Pope Francis talks again about the three most important words for married couples and families.

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