2017 April, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for April, 2017



April 30, 2017

“Stay with us,” they implored Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They sensed something special about him, something they needed. Married couples too need Jesus’ presence. Have you asked him lately, “Stay with us. Come into our home”? If not, try it today.


April 29, 2017

“A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11) In today’s world, time is often our most precious commodity. It reflects your priorities. When you give time and attention to your beloved, it’s like laying down your life for the other. Save time for each other today.


Learning to Drive

With her oldest son learning to drive, Stacey finds herself reflecting on time and parenthood, which is full of paradoxes. In her concern, she finds comfort in the Providence of God who cares for both parents and children.


April 28, 2017

Imagine you are absolutely broke. (Maybe you are.) What could you and your beloved do for a fun date? Walk? Bike? Read? Watch the stars? Play a game? Could this weekend be a time to experiment?


April 27, 2017

Is the Internet robbing you of couple time? Sure, it saves time and answers a lot of questions, but it can also be an addiction. If your spouse complains about it, it’s a problem. Decide on mutually agreeable limits.


April 26, 2017

Take a trip down memory lane. Retell the story of your engagement and wedding day to each other or your kids. What was the craziest, funniest, most endearing part of these milestones for you?


10 Pointers for Prayer

10 Pointers for Prayer

Finding time for prayer can seem impossible. Amid the busyness of family life, how can one respond to God’s ongoing invitation to speak with and listen to Him? Here are ten pointers to help you do just that.


April 25, 2017

Fighting Fair Tip: Use “I feel” statements. This is an old standby but it still works. Instead of saying, “You make me so angry when you…” say, “I feel upset when you… Would you be willing to …” It’s not a magic cure but it decreases defensiveness.


April 24, 2017

Do one or both of you struggle with pornography use? Despite what the culture says, pornography use is never okay. It can cause severe harm to marriages and families. For help, look into the “Create in Me a Clean Heart” resources available from the USCCB: www.usccb.org/cleanheart


April 23, 2017

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed!” (Jn 20:29) While we don’t see the Risen Lord like Thomas did, we still encounter Him in the Eucharist. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, thank God especially for the gift of His mercy which is ever abundant and ever new.


April 22, 2017

“It is at home that people truly learn to live, to value life and health, freedom and peace, justice and truth, work, harmony and respect.” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) What did your family teach you growing up? How do you teach truth to your family today? What do you still have to learn?


It is the Small Things Done with Great Love that Build a Strong Marriage

In the midst of married life, Kathleen is inspired by the words of Mother Teresa, “do small things with great love.” It is the little, selfless acts of love, Kathleen notes, that strengthen married life.


April 21, 2017

You’ve heard of “Take your child to work day,” but what about “Take your spouse to work day”? Your spouse doesn’t need to take a day off work to join you, but does your beloved know enough about your work environment to understand your stresses? Does your spouse know your colleagues?


April 20, 2017

Is your marriage going through a rocky spell? It’s tempting to blame it on a stressful job, the kids, or getting older. All of these things can stress a marriage, but not necessarily kill it. To find the underlying cause most couples need help. Don’t be afraid to ask for it.


April 19, 2017

Where did all the flowers and magic go? Infatuation may get a couple together but eventually fades and romance alone will not keep you together over the long haul. Common values, commitment to each other, and shared experiences are the glue.


Be Still…

The noise of daily life can be tiring and distracting. On his annual retreat at a nearby monastery, Dennis reflects on the beauty of silence and creation, two important ways the Lord speaks to us.


April 18, 2017

“Praying the Rosary together, as a family, is very beautiful and a source of great strength!” (Pope Francis) Do you pray the rosary as a family? Try it!


April 17, 2017

Reminder: Easter lasts for 50 days! (Lent was only 40.) A lesson that joy will have the last word. How can you and your spouse practice being joyful this Easter season?


April 16, 2017

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Celebrate new life today. Recall a hardship in your marriage that is now history. Rejoice that you’ve weathered it together. Remember this, and Jesus’ Resurrection, in future tough times.


April 15, 2017

Today, as we mourn Christ’s death and await Easter morning, remember those who grieve. Perhaps it is your own family. Share in each other’s grief to make the burden lighter.


April 14, 2017

“Spouses are therefore the permanent reminder to the Church of what happened on the Cross.” (St. John Paul II) Powerful. As a sacrament, marriage shows to the world the love Christ has for His Church – love that took Him to the Cross. Pray to live this love in your own marriage.


April 13, 2017

“As I have done for you, you should also do,” Jesus tells his disciples after washing their feet. (Jn 13:15) A tall order! Talk with your spouse about ways to “wash their feet” – do small, humble acts of service for each other.


April 12, 2017

Would your spouse describe you as a good listener? If you’re not sure, humbly seek out their opinion, and be willing to grow.


April 11, 2017

“Marriage…is to be a school for nurturing gratitude.” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan) How do you foster gratitude in your marriage? Try coming up with three things every night to be grateful for. Add them to a “gratitude journal” and count your blessings!


Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. One study conducted in various cultures around the world asked people to name the trait they desired most in a mate. For both sexes, people overwhelmingly wanted their mates to be kind. What does kindness in marriage look like?


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