2015 June, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for June, 2015



June 30, 2015

Marriage Challenge for older couples: Retirement, and the life changes that come with it. Humbly offer your life’s wisdom for the good of others; your experience is priceless.


Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Reflecting on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Tim Roder explains why the Church cannot recognize same-sex marriages (aka marriage redefinition). Marriage is more than “erotic or emotional satisfaction”; it is a life- and love-giving social structure and a divinely instituted sacrament.


June 29, 2015

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” (Albert Schweitzer) Is there a trait that you would like to foster in your spouse or child? How can you model that behavior this week in your own life?


June 28, 2015

“Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mark 5:35) Are you or a loved one suffering from an illness? This can cause stress and sorrow. Remain faithful and the Lord will provide the strength and comfort you need.


June 27, 2015

Does your spouse accuse you of being irresponsible? Sometimes it might just be a different personality style, but don’t ignore the criticism. It may hurt, but not addressing any truth that might be behind the charge can build resentment.


June 26, 2015

Marriage Challenge: While you may have settled in to a comfortable lifestyle, routines can get boring. Try something new together this week – a new food, recreation, book…


June 25, 2015

Are you a perfectionist? It’s natural to want to do a good job but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t take yourself too seriously.


In Dependence Dei

Tim recalls the sincere advice he and his wife gave to a newly married couple more than 10 years ago.


Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si, informs our relationship not only with the earth but also with each other. Read what he has to say about human ecology, the objectification of creation, and the “throwaway culture” – themes that also relate to marriage and family life.


On Family Wounds: Do Not Scandalize the Little Ones

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis addressed the wounds which radiate from a difficult relationship between parents to their children.


June 24, 2015

St. John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb when he heard the voice of Mary. Today, rejoice to hear your spouse’s voice, and pray together to hear God’s voice.


Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Many successful options exist for Christians who want a morally sound way to treat infertility, and who need help combating the sadness, frustration, and even anger that can come from the inability to “have a child.” We all need to discern the course God has for us—physicians as well as couples. Sound science based on the dignity of the human person is available to help couples to cooperate with our Heavenly Father and conceive a child.


Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

What do infertility specialists tell couples? Hoping to find out firsthand, I called the number in a newspaper ad and joined an open house at a fertility clinic. I am sure that I was the only Roman Catholic priest there, although street clothes gave no clue to my identity. My experience that evening could not […]


Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

In her reflection on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Bethany Meola explores how pornography darkens the heart and rejects the light of goodness and truth. Jesus, who is the “light of the world,” has the power to conquer our darkness if we turn to Him.


June 23, 2015

Marriage Challenge: Balancing couple, parent, work, and personal time. Which one gets the least attention in your marriage? Fix it.


June 22, 2015

Marriage Challenge, especially for those with both kids and ailing parents: As part of the “sandwich generation” don’t be afraid to ask for help to meet the needs of both your kids and your parents.


June 21, 2015

“Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:40) Do not doubt the Lord. Have faith. He will deliver you from danger and sorrow. You must simply trust in Him and have faith.


June 20, 2015

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. God bless all fathers! May they witness to God the Father’s love. And may men who desire fatherhood find ways to be fatherly to those in need around them.


June 19, 2015

If your child has a problem and wants your input, but you are caught off guard, try saying “Tell me more about that” or “What do you think you should do?” Responses like this can buy you time and clarify the situation. This works with spouses too.


Hope as a Response to Death in the Family

In his general audience, Pope Francis speaks about how a hopeful response to death in the family can strengthen familial bonds.


June 18, 2015

Couples often have different internal clocks. Is one of you often ready to walk out of the house while the other decides to brush and floss? Be patient, and try matching each other’s pace.


“Responsorial Psalmnesia” and Other Catholic Disorders

With light-hearted reflection, Mary Jo enumerates several religious “disorders” that are common in her family. Raising saints can include joy…and humor!


Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Great marriages respect the love-giving and life-giving aspects of sex. In a reflection on the seventh chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare analyzes why the modern practice of contraception is harmful to God’s plan for married love.


June 17, 2015

Marriage Challenge: If you desire children but are not yet parents, tenderly support each other. Consider how your love may flow out to others needing your generosity.


Marriage and Parenthood: Vocation, Communion, and Mission

In an address at the commencement of the Ecclesial Congress of Rome, Pope Francis spoke about marriage and parenthood as vocation, communion, and mission.


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