2016 October, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for October, 2016

October 31, 2016

Trick or treat! Suggest that your kids go out dressed up as their patron or favorite saint. Before going out for candy, pray for the souls in purgatory.

October 30, 2016

In today’s Gospel, Zacchaeus is surprised when Jesus says He will be coming to stay at his house. What would Jesus find if He came to stay at your house today? How can you make your home a welcoming place for Jesus?

October 29, 2016

Pope Francis recently said, “If love is real, then peace is made quickly.” Reflect on how you argue with your spouse. How can you be more patient and understanding?

October 28, 2016

Today is the feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles and martyrs. Ask for their intercession for your family to courageously live out your call to spread the Good News of God’s love.

Teaching the Beauty of “God’s Creative Design” of Marriage in the World Today

Pope Francis addressed members of the John Paul II Institute in Rome, exhorting them to use both their intelligence and compassion to bring the truth of God’s design for marriage to the Church and the world today.

High Numbers of Unemployed Men in the Shadows

A recent study explores the alarming trend of rising unemployment rates among men of working age and its social, cultural, and moral consequences.

The True Nature of Parental Love

Looking back on a summer pilgrimage to the Holy Land, blogger Stacey reflects on the depth of the love of God the Father for all His children and for each individual person.

October 27, 2016

“The Word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (Heb 4:12) Take time today to read and discuss Scripture with your spouse, whether it’s a favorite Bible verse or one of the readings from Mass.

October 26, 2016

To end this month of the Rosary, dedicate time each day to pray one decade of the rosary as a family. Take turns leading it and offering different intentions.

October 25, 2016

Find a new recipe and cook dinner together as a family. Making a meal a good way to relax after a long day and spend quality time with your loved ones.

Till Death Do Us Part

Marriage is a commitment that lasts for a lifetime, “till death do us part.” Through witnessing the grief and faith of a close friend, blogger Kathleen reflects on her own marriage vows and the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage.

October 24, 2016

What is something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Make a bucket list with your spouse and talk about how you can fulfill those “someday” dreams.

October 23, 2016

In the Gospel today, we hear about the prayers of the proud Pharisee and the humble tax collector. In what ways can your prayer be more authentic and humble?

October 22, 2016

“The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.” St. John Paul II, pray for all marriages and families!

A Happy Spouse May Make You Healthier

A recent study focused on the effect the happiness of a spouse has on a person’s health. Results found that a happy spouse positively affects the physical well-being on their significant other, resulting in a happier life together and better marriage.

October 21, 2016

Make a Holy Hour (or half hour) together as a family to end the week.

October 20, 2016

In honor of Respect Life month, take part as a family in local pro-life activities: pray outside an abortion clinic, collect donations for a women’s care center, or attend a special Respect Life Mass.

October 19, 2016

Sts. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues are the first North American martyrs, known for their zeal for spreading the Gospel. Ask for their intercession as you spread the Gospel today both at home and in the workplace.

How Does Parental Technology Use Affect Both Parents and Children?

In a world where multitasking is sometimes seen as a necessity, parents are facing a challenge in balancing work life with home life. A recent study explored how frequent parental technology use in the home can negatively affect both parents and children.

Buried Treasure

Blogger Dennis Weiss takes advantage of an annual family vacation to reflect on the beauty of creation and family life. An uncovered family time capsule brings unexpected joy as he and his family share memories and the true treasure of life, the gift of love.

October 18, 2016

Communication in your family is key. Don’t let wounds fester. Instead, calmly address hurts and ask for the grace to forgive.

October 17, 2016

Do you know your spouse’s love language? Take an online test (or read the book if you have it) and have a conversation about how you both give and receive love best.

October 16, 2016

In today’s first reading, Aaron and Hur supported Moses when he grew tired. Together, they were able to win the battle. In what ways can you support your family today?

October 15, 2016

Have you received the Sacrament of Penance lately? Go to Confession and follow it with breakfast together.

October 14, 2016

Do something small to surprise your spouse today – prepare lunch for them to take to work, greet them at home with flowers or a treat, or leave a sweet note somewhere for them to find.

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