2017 July, available at: ForYourMarriage.org


Archive for July, 2017



July 31, 2017

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, encouraged meditation on the Scriptures by placing yourself in the midst of a Scriptural text and picturing the scene in great detail. Try this today with your spouse and children.


July 30, 2017

“What is bad they throw away.” (Mt 13:48) Are there circumstances in your life that are inhibiting your relationship with your beloved? These could be serious like addictions or simple like focusing more on your phone than your spouse. Recognize what stands between you and your spouse and throw them away.


July 29, 2017

“In studying NFP in the context of the Theology of the Body, both of us have become more open to each other, to God, and to children.” – Michael and Alysha, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek


July 28, 2017

“My husband, Frank, and I have learned that our sexual union should be focused on giving rather than getting. NFP provided the environment to live this out.” – Jennifer, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek


July 27, 2017

“NFP grew our relationship with each other and with God in ways we never expected.” – Tom, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek


July 26, 2017

St. Joachim and St. Anne carried the cross of infertility for many years before they were blessed to become the parents of our Blessed Mother. Pray today for married couples still waiting for the blessing of children. #NFPweek


July 25, 2017

“In our experience with Natural Family Planning, I can tell you that I feel so respected and well cared-for by my husband in a big way.” – Sarah, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek


July 24, 2017

This week is Natural Family Planning Awareness Week. Not sure what NFP is? Already a pro? Either way, check out the NFP resources on the USCCB website and on For Your Marriage #NFPweek


July 23, 2017

“The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness.” (Rom 8:26) When a difficult decision looms, e.g. discerning God’s plan for your family, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. It can be as simple as praying, “Come, Holy Spirit!” #NFPweek


July 22, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) In each challenging situation I strive to remember that this man [my husband] is God’s amazing gift to me, and that God trusts me to love him with the same love God has for us.


I Am Sorry – Sincerely

Pope Francis has stressed the importance of husbands and wives saying “I’m sorry.” Kathleen reflects on the healing and strengthening power of asking for forgiveness in her marriage.


July 21, 2017

Doing things together is good, but depending on your personality some spouses can feel smothered. Do you have enough alone time or personal hobbies to refresh your spirit and bring a renewed you and new ideas to your marriage?


Hope for Families with a Child with Autism: Advice for Parents

Hope for Families with a Child with Autism: Advice for Parents

Parents raising a child with special needs, including autism, face unique challenges – but also unique opportunities to grow closer as a family.


July 20, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Say “thank you,” especially for the little things. It lets your spouse know you noticed and appreciated what they did, no matter how little the task.


July 19, 2017

What’s one admittedly minor thing you want to change about your beloved? No matter how annoying it is, can you let it go? Give your spouse the gift of accepting him or her, quirks included.


When Can We Use NFP?

When Can We Use NFP?

This year, National Natural Family Planning Week is July 23-29! Here are some common Q&As about NFP and resources to help you learn more about it. This article explains the Church’s teaching on using natural family planning to postpone a pregnancy or space children.


July 18, 2017

When your honey is gone for more than a day, how do you stay connected? A nightly phone call? Skype? Email? A treat snuck into the luggage? Praying for each other?


The Boxes We Create

Sometimes our thoughts and experiences can place people in a box rather than extend a hand in friendship. MaryJo reflects on the ways we can show mercy to help and support families who are different than we are.


July 17, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Marriage is until death do us part, not until we have a disagreement. Keep this in mind when you hit rough spots and work through them prayerfully and together.


July 16, 2017

“But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” (Mt 13:8) Is your marriage rich soil in which your family can flourish? If you want to do something for your children, do something for your marriage. Children benefit from a strong, loving marriage.


July 15, 2017

“Jesus…began to send them out two by two.” (Mk. 6:7) We are stronger together, in bonds of friendship and community. You too, are sent to your neighbors, your town, your relatives, and the world to heal, to love, to forgive.


July 14, 2017

Teach your child (or a neighbor’s child) a value this weekend but do it without saying a word. Consider faithfulness to a promise, self-control, goodness, gentleness, modesty, chastity. Which of these fruits of the Holy Spirit is the biggest challenge for you?


The Couple that Prays Together Is Happier Together

It’s been said that “the couple who prays together stays together.” Recently, the Institute for Family Studies published an essay that affirms this truth. A significant number of couples who pray and attend church together report being happier than couples who do not attend church together.


July 13, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) “My husband leads me to seek God and I lead him to see God in our family.” Recognize the ways in which your spouse is leading you to see God, and thank them.


July 12, 2017

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but “out of sight, out of mind.” Which adage resonates with you more? Do you need to make any adjustments to balance your alone vs. together time?


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