2016 September, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for September, 2016



Is There a Connection Between Divorce and Religion?

A recent study found that children of divorced parents are less likely to identify as religious or regularly attend religious services. These results have important implications for Church ministries involved with engaged and married couples.


September 30, 2016

Honoring the Sabbath as a family gives a chance to rest, recharge, and be reminded of the blessings of faith and family.


September 29, 2016

Today on the feast of the Archangels, say a prayer to your family’s guardian angels, to protect everyone from harm natural and supernatural.


September 28, 2016

Prioritize time with good friends who can build you up in your vocation of marriage. They are the people to turn to when you hit a rough patch.


September 27, 2016

St. Vincent de Paul is known for his love of the poor. Who are the poor, lonely, forgotten in your life? Your family can be a gift of love to them.


September 26, 2016

Listening well says to the other person, “I care about what you’re saying; I care about you.” It helps love to grow.


September 25, 2016

“But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” (1 Tim 6:11) For men – and women – of God, no better “marching orders” could be found!


September 24, 2016

Does your yes mean yes and your no, no? In addition to being an honorable approach to decisions, clarity can save a lot of headaches in marital communication.


September 23, 2016

Have a long commute? Use the time to pray for your family, listen to uplifting music, and prayerfully prepare for the day or your homecoming.


On the Outs

Siblings fighting with each other is a common occurrence in families. Josh talks about one way he’s had success in helping siblings to learn kindness in the “school of love” that is the family.


September 22, 2016

“If a family is centered on Christ, he will unify and illuminate its entire life. Moments of pain and difficulty will be experience in union with the Lord’s cross.” – Pope Francis


Hope, Healing and Purpose After the Death of a Spouse

Hope, Healing and Purpose After the Death of a Spouse

Losing one’s spouse is a deeply painful experience. The author, co-founder of Good Mourning Ministry together with his second wife, writes about his experiences as a widower and how the Lord comforted him.


September 21, 2016

St. Matthew responded “yes” to the surprising call from God. Each day in our families we have a chance to say “yes” to God, too: greater faith, hope and love.


The Questions Before Consent

The Questions Before Consent

“The Questions before the Consent” are an important part of a Catholic wedding ceremony. True to its name, this moment entails the celebrant (priest or deacon) asking the bride and groom a series of questions immediately before they exchange their consent and are married. As the Order of Celebrating Matrimony explains, these questions involve the […]


The Nuptial Blessing

The Nuptial Blessing

The Nuptial Blessing is a beautiful moment in the Catholic wedding ceremony. It takes place after the bride and groom have exchanged their consent and so have become husband and wife. In this blessing, the celebrant (priest or deacon) prays for the married couple and asks that God give them special graces, including fidelity, the […]


Cast Your Net Deep

A sailing date on Lake Michigan prompts Kathleen to reflect on the exciting growth that can take place in marriage when a couple goes deep into God’s design for married life.


September 20, 2016

If you’ve been married for a while, is there a younger couple in your parish you could mentor? Young couples are often looking for reliable guides; it’s a mutual blessing.


September 19, 2016

In family prayer, engage the senses: light a candle, look at sacred art, or listen to music. Our sacramental faith brings us close to God in many ways.


September 18, 2016

“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.” (Lk 16:10) Build your family’s trust by being a person of your word, even in small things.


September 17, 2016

Marriage is a vocation: a call from God and a path to holiness. It is not a distraction from the spiritual life but the place where a spouse’s relationship with God takes shape.


September 16, 2016

“Committing oneself exclusively and definitively to another person always involves a risk and a bold gamble.” – Pope Francis. The grace of God gives us strength for lifelong commitment!


September 15, 2016

Joy and sorrow can be found together, through the grace of God. Ask for Mary’s help; she knew great sorrow but stayed close to Jesus.


September 14, 2016

Married couples are a reminder of Christ’s gift of love on the Cross (St. John Paul II). Lord Jesus, help all families carry their crosses joyfully today!


Convalidation: Bringing Your Marriage Into The Church

Convalidation: Bringing Your Marriage Into The Church

For couples married outside of the Church, the convalidation process can help them establish a valid Catholic union. This brings many blessings to a family!


The Importance of Silence

It’s hard to find “silent time” in the midst of family life – but it is worth it! Mary Jo gives some pointers on prioritizing a life of prayer.


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