2015 July, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for July, 2015



Abortion’s “Selma” Moment

Josh discusses how he encouraged his teenage son to be active in advocating for justice. Both publicly protested the actions of Planned Parenthood after the release of undercover videos that Josh calls the “Selma” of the anti-abortion movement.


Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

In a reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla considers the role of the Church as a mother who seeks her children’s happiness and freedom by “preserving the truth of the Gospel.”


July 31, 2015

Magic Marriage words: “Honey, you were right.” “Let’s try it your way.” “What’s your opinion?”


July 30, 2015

“A Canaanite woman … called out, “Have pity on me, Lord! … My daughter is tormented by a demon.” (Mt 15:22) Jesus healed the daughter. Sometimes it is our intense love for our children that drives us to seek God. Let a child be a vehicle of grace for you today.


July 29, 2015

Procrastination. The Christian Family Movement suggests: If not now, when? If not me, who? If not here, where? Are you putting something off until the kids are older, the house paid for, your teeth flossed? Relationships don’t always wait for some day, one day.


Here’s Hoping

Tim reflects on the role of married couples to witness to the virtue of hope in the midst of a culture that has the power to discourage.


July 28, 2015

Do you talk too much? As necessary as communication within the family is, sometimes spouses and children can tune you out if you tend to be long winded. This is not something you can self-diagnose. Ask your honey or kids for help, and avoid TMI (Too Much Information).


July 27, 2015

“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes!” (Jack Handey) To curb the urge to criticize your beloved, you may need a little distance and perspective, but make sure to come back.


July 26, 2015

“Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” (John 6:12) Our society often promotes wasteful habits. Be grateful for all that God has blessed you with and share what your family has with others.


July 25, 2015

Even if you’re newly married, try imagining what it will be like to grow old together. As Robbie Hart sings in the “The Wedding Singer,” I’ll “carry you around when your arthritis is bad…get your medicine when your tummy aches…even let ya hold the remote control.”


July 24, 2015

Although it’s risky to assume your spouse can read your mind, a perceptive spouse can pick up negative feelings and attitudes through vibes and non-verbals. If you hold a negative thought toward your spouse (nag, selfish, jerk…), try changing your mind; the feelings may follow.


July 23, 2015

God’s wondrous plan for husbands and wives: “They shall become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). Natural Family Planning helps couples to unite fully not only in body but also in spirit. Experience sex the way God created it!


July 22, 2015

“What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine…?” (Rom 8:35) Try substituting your spouse’s name for “Christ.” Jesus never said it would be easy. Call on the power of God and your commitment to each other during hard times.


Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

In his first article on the Theology of the Body, Fr. Chris Singer addresses the unique goodness of the human body and its ability to make spiritual realities tangible.


Embrace the Bold Challenge of Pope Francis: ‘Have Life and Have it to the Fullest!’

In the Fall of 2014, Fr. Chris Singer, chancellor of the Diocese of Erie, presented a lecture series on the Theology of the Body. His articles, which appeared in the FAITH magazine of the Diocese of Erie, are reprinted here with permission. Article #1: Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples? In […]


July 21, 2015

Saying “I love you” out loud is important, but sometimes indirect gestures of love make an even stronger impact. Be creative. Put your love in writing as a love letter or a short “sweet note” hidden in some unexpected place where your beloved will find it.


Two by Two

Lifelong marriage is a beautiful thing! Dennis reflects on two experiences that reminded him of this: attending a faith-filled wedding, and renewing his own vows at Sunday Mass.


July 20, 2015

Even though married couples share an intimate life together, sometimes talking directly about sex can feel awkward. Learning Natural Family Planning gives you language and a daily routine to prompt those sensitive discussions.


Be Her Joseph!

Be Her Joseph!

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is July 19th-25th! A husband reflects on how NFP has allowed him to defend his wife’s virtue, body, and soul as well as to serve her as the kind of man and husband that he strives to be under the model of St. Joseph.


July 19, 2015

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mk 6:31) Don’t forget to take some times for yourselves to rest. Take a vacation, or just an hour, to be quiet and still. Try to turn off your phone so that you can focus on relaxing.


July 18, 2015

A toy or experience that has been ‘longed for’ is much more appreciated. Ungrateful children usually have too much stuff. Don’t let guilt cause you to mistake a child’s desire for a command. The same applies to adults.


July 17, 2015

Happiness tip #4: Happiness can be fleeting. Selfless love has the potential to carry a couple over the long haul and bring abiding joy. Is there some way you can be selfless today? Don’t aim for every day, just today—one day at a time.


July 16, 2015

Happiness tip #3: Simplicity can be very satisfying, especially when a couple has goals of service that they explore together. It doesn’t mean you never splurge, but rather these “things” are not the ultimate source of joy in your relationship.


July 15, 2015

Happiness tip #2: Happiness is about more than laughter, but laughter heals and bonds. Laugh together today. Watch a funny TV program or movie, tell each other a silly joke, play a practical joke that won’t backfire, or reminisce about the crazy things you’ve done during your life together.


Highlights from Pope Francis’ Latin American Trip: On the Family

Pope Francis continued to speak about the family during his pastoral visit to Latin America, July 5th – 13th, with a particular emphasis on the Church’s mother, Mary.


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