2016 March, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for March, 2016

Release of Papal Document on Family Life Anticipated

On April 8, 2016, the Vatican plans to issue Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the Holy Father’s reflection on marriage and family life.

March 31, 2016

Spring is starting to show! Make the effort to get some extra rays of sunshine with your spouse – it betters your mood and is a simple pleasure.

March 30, 2016

Visit an elderly family member or someone who does not get out as much and bring your family and the joy of Easter, too.

Benevolent Fictional Patrons of Important Christian Holidays

How does your family handle the Easter bunny and other cultural, non-religious traditions? Josh provides some insight from their family.

March 29, 2016

This Easter season, focus on good habits, such as going to Mass during the week, laughing more, and finding ways to be charitable. There is always room to grow.

March 28, 2016

After forty days of fasting and penance, celebrate the Easter season with your family! Fix a favorite dinner, eat a special dessert, or have a date night. And remember: Easter lasts for fifty days!

March 27, 2016

“Think of what is above, not of what is on earth” (Col 3:2). Today we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, who redeemed us and opened the gates to Eternal Life! Celebrate the journey to Heaven you are on with your spouse.

Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

For Catholics, Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a season. Why do we have 50 days to celebrate?

March 26, 2016

In the midst of preparation for tomorrow’s celebration, set aside some time to pray with your spouse. Ask Jesus to open your hearts to the glory of His Resurrection.

March 25, 2016

Christ loved us to the point of death, even death on a cross. In Christian marriage, spouses are called to love each other as Christ loves the Church.

Struggling to Succeed: Employment, Education, Family Life, and Marriage

Joy Smith looks at some problems that plague young men from working class families, specifically those in Chattanooga, TN and how employment, education, family life, and marriage are intertwined.

March 24, 2016

At the Last Supper, Christ washed the feet of the apostles. What is one way you can “wash the feet” of your spouse this week? (Meaning, be humble and serve him or her with a generous heart.)

March 23, 2016

Consider doing a closet clean-out: if you have clothes that you do not wear or wear often, donate them.

The Marital Dance

Kathleen reflects on her experience with her husband Troy of learning how to dance – in marriage. Requiring hard work and acute awareness of the other, Kathleen delights in the rhythm of marital life.

March 22, 2016

Gather your family to reflect on the Passion tonight. Take turns reading from the Gospel of John (Jn 19:17-34) and silently reflecting or sharing thoughts.

March 21, 2016

What are some things that make you stressed? Are you prioritizing them too highly? Talk with your spouse about them and seek detachment.

March 20, 2016

“But you, O Lord, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me” (Ps 22:20). With your spouse, discern one area of your relationship where there is a lack of trust and make a conscientious effort to strengthen that area, with God as the foundation.

March 19, 2016

St. Joseph was obedient to God, even when the future was uncertain. This total abandonment to the Father’s will is challenging. Talk about decisions you have made that required this obedience. Maybe you’re being asked to trust right now.

March 18, 2016

What was the last thing you discovered about your spouse? Let them know that he/she is a wonder to love.

St. Patrick’s Witness: A Call for Young People and Newlyweds

Pope Francis looks to Saint Patrick as an example for young people and newlyweds to remain firm in their faith and boldly proclaim the Gospel.

March 17, 2016

St. Patrick was a missionary. Your family is called to be missionary, too! Invite another family (or someone without a family) to join you for one of the Holy Week liturgies.

March 16, 2016

Lenten check-in, week 6: Lent is coming to a close. For the last two weeks of Lent, incorporate a daily self-sacrifice that you can make for your family.

March 15, 2016

Look for ways to break down routine “ruts”. Ask your spouse how his or her day was, with different questions such as “What was the most interesting thing you did today? Who did you talk with?” etc.

March 14, 2016

There aren’t too many ways to say I love you! Leave a note for your spouse in his or her lunch box or briefcase/purse as a reminder of how much you love him or her.

March 13, 2016

“For I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink” (Is 43:20). God provides for all of our needs; do you trust Him to do so for your family or do you rely on your own merits and work?

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