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Archive for May, 2017

“Just” Friends

“Just” Friends

Couples often speak of the joy of having married their best friend. What does friendship in marriage look like and how can it be nurtured?

Family Ties

After the passing of his grandmother, Josh reflects on the love his grandmother had for the faith and her family. Family ties bond us stronger than we may realize, both in this life and the next.

May 31, 2017

“Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste.” (Lk 1:39) Mary lost no time in going to her cousin Elizabeth. Do you “travel” to meet your beloved’s needs “in haste”? Taking Mary as your model, try responding without hesitation today to requests from your spouse.

May 30, 2017

Make time alone for a “speed” date (any small amount of time you have alone). Walking from the car to the storefront could be a “speed date”. Hold hands. Laugh together.

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day is a time for picnics and parades. But why? It is only because others have given their lives for us that we get a holiday. Have you or any of your relatives served in the armed services? For whom and for what cause would you give your life?

May 28, 2017

“All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer.” (Acts 1:14) Plan to spend time praying with your spouse today. Prayer builds marital unity.

May 27, 2017

Whose fault was your last fight? Maybe it clearly was one of you, but more often it’s a combination of misunderstanding, forgetting to do something, and spouses having different expectations. To resolve an argument, look at what you contributed more than what your spouse did wrong.

Majority of U.S. Mothers Work Outside the Home, Love Parenting

The Pew Research Center recently released six facts about mothers in the United States. The stats show that the majority of women are having fewer children and working outside the home more than in years past, but also find parenting rewarding and joyful.

May 26, 2017

“To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.” (#3, Family Pledge of Nonviolence) Could your family say “Yes” to this? World peace begins at home.

May 25, 2017

What lifts up your spirit? A funny story, a good meal, a hug, a compliment? Lift up each other today.

May 24, 2017

Rita Boeke tells of how she played a practical joke on her husband, Bob, by filling his car with balloons when he was a teacher. (Forever And A Day) Can you think of a practical joke that would bring a smile to your beloved – and not get you in trouble?

May 23, 2017

“Marriage is a public good, not just a private relationship. We have a public stake in healthy marriages….Our society suffers with the collapse of the relationship of the couple who brings a child into the world.” (Bill Doherty) Support others’ marriages too.

The Marital Dance

Kathleen, a former dancer, reflects on how marriage and dancing are similar. Just as each partner in a dance has a particular role and specific strengths, so it is with each spouse in a marriage covenant – and both have to work as a team to make the dance beautiful.

May 22, 2017

The Church remembers St. Rita of Cascia today. St. Rita suffered a difficult marriage and the deaths of her children. She is considered a patron for those undergoing marital difficulties. Learn about her today, and ask her prayers if you or others you know are struggling.

May 21, 2017

“Always be ready to give…a reason for your hope.” (1 Pt 3:15) And always be ready to speak of your love! Speaking kindly of one’s spouse strengthens the marriage bond. Look for opportunities to build each other up, both alone and in public.

May 20, 2017

Consider taking an adult education class together. It could be on technology, a book club, marriage enrichment, a Scripture study, or learning more about your faith. Don’t have time to go to a class? Send each other informative emails. Keep your minds alive and in sync.

May 19, 2017

Let fire reignite your love. Try a candlelit dinner, a backyard bonfire, sitting in front of a fireplace, light the house with candles. Be creative. Don’t forget to talk.

May 18, 2017

“It takes a certain quantity of time to catch the quality times. The time it takes to listen to a child’s worry may take less than a minute. Being there when the worry comes up may involve an entire day of just being around.” (Susan Vogt) Same goes for spouses.

May 17, 2017

Make time at the end of each day to share the highs and lows of your day with each other. Go beyond “just the facts” to how it made you feel. Ask questions; listen well.

May 16, 2017

“Have you anything here to eat?” (Lk 24:41) Eating together is not just about food but the nourishment of each other’s company. What’s your favorite way of dining – fast food, meat and potatoes, vegetarian, restaurant, picnics, candlelit at home…? Try it tonight.

May 15, 2017

The Church remembers St. Isidore today, a farmer. Growing food together can be a meaningful activity for a family – shared labor, shared rewards. Start small, with a potted herb or a few plants in the backyard.

May 14, 2017

“You are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) God has called us all to be holy. How do you live this holiness out in your […]

May 13, 2017

Explore what made your beloved the person he/she is. What traits did he get from his parents? What has been on her bucket list since she was a teen? Who was the most influential person in your spouse’s life during childhood? Ask. Share.

May 12, 2017

Husbands, make the extra effort for your wife today. Opening her door, pulling out her chair, walking on the curb side may seem old fashioned, but it’s a simple way to treat your wife like a queen.

May 11, 2017

Moses had his relatives; Jesus had the Apostles; even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Do you have a community of friends and relatives who can back you up, and support you in your marriage and parenting? Look for friends who share your values.

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