2016 November, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for November, 2016

An Open Letter to Newlyweds Regarding Children

Although our culture may focus on the hardships of parenting, Josh reflects on the goodness of parenting, a task that is meant to sanctify children – and will sanctify the parents along the way.

November 30, 2016

“Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19) St. Andrew immediately responded to Christ’s call. Listen to the voice of God as you go about your day at your job and in your family. What is He calling you to do?

November 29, 2016

Colder, darker days call for warmer, cozier evenings. Make a hot beverage with your spouse and set aside a few hours for quality time involving board games, a favorite old movie, or long conversation.

November 28, 2016

“Both husband and wife should try to renew their love day after day, and that is done through sacrifice, with smiles, and also with ingenuity.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

November 27, 2016

One way to prepare spiritually for Jesus’ coming is to try to correct a bad habit. Have you been overly critical of your spouse? Judgmental? Too preoccupied to really listen? Pick one fault and work on it.

November 26, 2016

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. Take a spiritual inventory of the past year with your spouse. Make a spiritual New Year’s Resolution for the new liturgical year to grow in holiness.

November 25, 2016

Instead of joining the craziness of Black Friday shopping, go through your belongings and set things aside to donate.

November 24, 2016

“And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth.” (Sir 50:22) There is no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with prayers of gratitude!

November 23, 2016

Today, make a list of things you love about each member of your family and share it with them.

November 22, 2016

Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Choose a favorite hymn to sing together. If anyone in your family is musically gifted, encourage them to share their gifts with your family today.

November 21, 2016

Fatigue and burnout can be a big adversary in married life. Make time for leisure and prayer.

November 20, 2016

Jesus is the King of the universe. No matter how dark things may seem in the world, there is always hope. Let your family be a witness to the victory of Christ!

November 19, 2016

Do you find yourself comparing your marriage or family life to others around you? Gratitude is the best remedy against jealousy.

What is the Key to a Successful Marriage?

A recent study surveyed married couples about the most important factors in a successful marriage. The results showed that religious beliefs are seen as less integral to marital success than other aspects.

You Have to Work at It, But Marriage is Worth It!

Marriage is not always an easy vocation. Kathleen reflects on the necessity of working hard, with God’s grace, every day in marriage to fulfill His call to reflect His love.

November 18, 2016

November is traditionally the month to remember the faithful departed. Visit a nearby graveyard together and say a prayer for the dead, especially those in your family.

November 17, 2016

In times of discouragement, turn to the saints. Each one is unique! They lived lives of holiness in all kinds of circumstances, and are always ready to help us.

November 16, 2016

Marriage and family life are about the ultimate goal: heaven. Fix your eyes there.

November 15, 2016

Have a weekday treat together: pick up doughnuts in the morning, go out for ice cream after dinner, or bake some cookies, just because.

Hiking Lessons

While taking time to hike through the woods with her husband before a wedding, blogger Mary Jo finds some similarities between journeying through the forest and living out faith and love in the Sacrament of Marriage.

November 14, 2016

Put on your listening ears and make an effort to talk intentionally with your spouse about their day.

Mothers as Models of Faith in the Family Today

When it comes to raising children in faith, new research has shown that mothers tend to be more influential than fathers on the religious experience of their children.

November 13, 2016

Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Pray today for the grace for you and your family to persevere even when life is most difficult.

November 12, 2016

Do the chores you’ve been avoiding – the laundry that’s been piling up or the windows that need cleaning – together. Chores are always more fun when you’re not doing them alone.

Does Divorce Affect Parents Differently than Couples Without Children?

A new study has taken a different approach on studying the consequences of divorce, comparing in what ways divorce affects couples with children and couples without.

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