2016 December, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for December, 2016

December 31, 2016

New Year’s Eve can be a rousing time – if you’re single. Less so, if you’re married, and even more complicated if you have young children. Why not use this day to take stock of what you liked best about last year? Share it in a quiet moment with your honey and kids.

December 30, 2016

Today’s first reading reminds us to honor our parents all the days of our lives. Do you treat your spouse’s parents with the same respect you treat your own? Do you help your spouse take care of their needs?

December 29, 2016

“On the 5th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – 5 Golden Rings.” Take a look at your wedding band today with your spouse. It represents a covenant you made, one more precious than gold. Together, thank God for the beautiful blessings of the Sacrament of Marriage!

The Feast of Holy Innocents and Our Call to Defend Children

The feast of the Holy Innocents, says Pope Francis, is a reminder to all of us to protect and cherish the children in our midst, especially those who are suffering.

December 28, 2016

“On the 4th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 4 Calling Birds.” Songbirds are recognizable by their distinct melodies. Is there something only you call your spouse? If you’re shy about terms of endearment, give it a try anyway.

Midnight Mass for Christmas

Christmas is a night of glory, joy, and light, says Pope Francis. We must remember all suffering children on this day, and bring them the hope of the baby Jesus.

December 27, 2016

“On the 3rd Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 3 French Hens.” French hens are known for their gentleness. Be gentle with each other today; a tender caress or a soothing word would be perfect.

December 26, 2016

“On the 2nd Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 2 Turtle Doves.” Turtle doves are migratory birds that form strong pair bonds. Perhaps you are traveling over the holidays, hopefully together. Even if you are separated, confirm your commitment to each other.

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! If you are a parent, take a moment today to ponder the awesome miracle of your child’s birth. If you are not a parent, ponder a mysterious way that God has acted in your life.

December 24, 2016

Christmas traditions are important but some just add stress to our lives. Christmas Eve Midnight Mass is nice but not with cranky kids. A special meal is unifying – but not if it makes you frazzled. Pause for five minutes today to be quiet, and simplify your expectations.

December 23, 2016

As Christmas draws closer, the flurry of stress and activity intensifies. Be sure to make time for quiet and prayer with your family to prepare your hearts for Christ’s birth.

December 22, 2016

Enjoy the Christmas lights with your spouse: at the mall, on your street, on the city tree, in your own home. How has your spouse been a light in your life?

December 21, 2016

December 21 is the longest night of the year. Advent is about waiting in the uncertainty of darkness. Ponder the times you have waited in the “dark” with a family member. Perhaps it was illness, or maybe fear, that kept you in vigil together. Be not afraid.

Where is your marriage headed? Setting goals in 2017

The New Year is a great time to make goals – how about goals for your marriage, too? Kathleen gives insight on how to make this a marriage-enriching experience.

December 20, 2016

What husbands like to hear: “I love being married to you.” “I think you’re handsome.” “I really respect the way you handled that.” “Thank you for providing for our family.” “You are right.” What could you say today?

Saint Joseph: My New Patron Saint

Saint Joseph: My New Patron Saint

A husband and expectant father reflects on the lessons we can all learn from St. Joseph, especially during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

December 19, 2016

What wives like to hear: “Let me help you with that.” “I’m so glad I married you.” “I love the way that outfit looks on you.” “You’re an awesome wife and mother.” “Sounds like you had an exasperating day.” “You are right.” What could you say today?

December 18, 2016

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Mt 1:23) We hear this verse in both the first reading and the Gospel today, which helps us to see how God is faithful to His promises. How has the Lord been faithful to […]

December 17, 2016

Sometimes it can be frightening to embark upon a big change in life – a birth, a death, changing a job, or retirement. Call to mind a fear from the past or present. Share it with your beloved, and trust it will be kept safe.

December 16, 2016

Parenting teens can put stress on a marriage. If you have teenagers, you know that you can’t always pick the time when they are in the mood to talk. When they do open up, the parent needs to stop and listen.

Honor Thy Father

The call to honor one’s father and mother lasts a lifetime. After a recent trip honor war veterans, Dennis expresses gratitude not only for his father’s sacrifices for his country but also his sacrifices for his family.

December 15, 2016

For no particular reason make tonight’s dinner special: light candles, sip a glass of wine, and turn on soft music. Relax and enjoy each other’s company.

December 14, 2016

Affair-proof your marriage. Often affairs start because one spouse starts confiding in a friend of the opposite sex. Once personal troubles are compassionately received by another, a bond starts to deepen. If something’s troubling you enough, a counselor is the safer outlet.

December 13, 2016

Fighting Fair Tip: Never say “never” or “always.” It may seem like your spouse always leaves the gas tank on empty, but there’s always an exception that blows your argument. Be more accurate by saying “often” or “sometimes.” It stings less and creates less defensiveness.

Religious Service Attendance Linked with Less Divorce

The Institute for Family Studies recently published research results that confirms previous similar studies: those who regularly attend religious services are less likely to divorce than those who don’t.

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