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Archive for January, 2016



January 31, 2016

“No prophet is accepted in his own native place.” (Lk 4:24) Sometimes the hardest place to evangelize and witness to Christ is within our own families. Even Jesus was misunderstood by those in his hometown. Pray today for the grace to share the truth in love even with your family members.


January 30, 2016

Balancing the budget tip: decide together on your long-term goals (house, education, retirement, etc.) and base your monthly budget around those. Keeping the big picture in mind helps make saving and scrimping easier.


January 29, 2016

Have a quick temper? Try counting to ten inside your head before saying something you’ll regret later. Taking a deep breath helps regain peace, too.


Marriage: “A Reality that… Can Be Experienced by All the Baptized”

On January 22, 2016, Pope Francis spoke about the Church’s teaching on marriage not as “an ideal for the few” but as “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized.”


January 28, 2016

One of the spiritual works of mercy is “counsel the doubtful.” Is your spouse feeling doubtful or unsure about something, maybe work or a big decision? Take time to listen, understand and (if requested) offer advice.


The Week I Forgot My Wife

Last week’s blog post from Kathleen Billings asked, “When is the last time you dated your spouse?” It’s a great reflection on how to keep the spirit of a marriage alive and new and fresh—worth a read. The lesson is a familiar one: we need to wake up! It is easy to fall into a […]


January 27, 2016

Another practical way to help the poor this month: instead of eating out once, make a simple dinner together at home and send the money you saved to a local food pantry.


January 26, 2016

“The two dimensions of conjugal union, the unitive and the procreative, cannot be artificially separated without damaging the deepest truth of the conjugal act itself.” – St. John Paul II, Letter to Families, no. 12. The Church’s teaching on openness to life has everything to do with the very meaning of love and marriage; it […]


January 25, 2016

As we celebrate the dramatic conversion of St. Paul today, pray for family members who are in need of conversion. And of course we all need God’s grace to stay close to Him!


January 24, 2016

“God has so constructed the body…that there may be no division.” (1 Cor 12:24-25) The Church, and each family, is called to be united, without division. Is your family unified? Pray for reconciliation where division and lack of unity persist.


January 23, 2016

Do you know any engaged couples getting married this year? Send them a note to let them know you’re praying for them and looking forward to celebrating their wedding day with them.


January 22, 2016

The family is the “sanctuary of life,” said St. John Paul II. As we mourn today for all lives lost to abortion, pray for mothers and fathers to accept courageously the children in their womb and give them the gift of life.


January 21, 2016

Is technology interrupting your family time? Try having a tech-free time every day, maybe for just an hour, or after dinner, or one whole evening. Enjoy just being with your family.


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

Quote for reflection: “One cannot live without seeking forgiveness, or at least, one cannot live at peace, especially in the family. We wrong one another every day. We must take into account these mistakes, due to our frailty and our selfishness. However, what we are asked to do is to promptly heal the wounds that […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

Quotes for reflection: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matt 5:7) The Paschal Mystery – Jesus’ death and Resurrection – “bears within itself the most complete revelation of mercy, that is, of that love which is more powerful than death, more powerful than sin and every evil, the love which lifts […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

Quote for reflection: “Brothers and sisters, God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Two: Mercy and the Sacraments

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Two: Mercy and the Sacraments

Quote for reflection: “Husbands and wives should take up the burden appointed to them, willingly, in the strength of faith… Let them implore the help of God with unremitting prayer and, most of all, let them draw grace and charity from that unfailing fount which is the Eucharist. If, however, sin still exercises its hold […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day One: With Mercy, God Goes First

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day One: With Mercy, God Goes First

Quote for reflection: “In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offenses becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” – Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, no. 9 Breaking open the theme: Perhaps one […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

Quote for reflection: “Merciful love also means the cordial tenderness and sensitivity so eloquently spoken of in the parable of the prodigal son, and also in the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. Consequently, merciful love is supremely indispensable between those who are closest to one another: between husbands and wives, between […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

Quotes for reflection: “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.” (Psalm 103:8) “Jesus, who knows us well, teaches us a secret: don’t let a day end without asking forgiveness, without peace returning to our home, to our family. It is normal for husband and wife to quarrel…perhaps you were mad, […]


January 20, 2016

“Even when their child-bearing years have passed, a couple should continue to be life affirming.” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan) Empty nesters, have you found ways to keep affirming life and giving life to those around you?


Do you date your spouse?

New bloggers Kathleen and Troy write about the importance of date nights for married couples and how they keep the “Tabor vision” of your spouse alive.


Marriage Retreat #3: “Marriage and Mercy”

Marriage Retreat #3: “Marriage and Mercy”

This National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14), spend some quality prayer time with our spouse, using our virtual marriage retreat. The theme this year is “Marriage and Mercy.”


January 19, 2016

Have you taken a family pilgrimage lately? This ancient Christian practice is spiritually edifying. Investigate pilgrimage sites near you, like a shrine or major church, and make plans to visit.


January 18, 2016

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. today by serving others somehow, maybe someone “forgotten” by society (the homeless, elderly, disabled, etc.). Children will learn from your example.


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