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New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

What can you do for your marriage in 2018? Start with something small but meaningful. Here are a few ideas.

December 31, 2017

Today we celebrate the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. They are powerful intercessors for marriages and families! Pray to them today, and place an image of the Holy Family in your home.

December 30, 2017

As this year comes to an end, reminisce over the highlights from 2017 with your family. What events were the most joyful, sad, blessed, or difficult? How do you want to grow as a family in 2018?

December 29, 2017

As the close of the year draws nigh, is there anything you need to ask your family, especially your spouse, to forgive you for? Are there any relatives you need to forgive?

December 28, 2017

In this time of celebration, togetherness, and joy, we remember the feast of the Holy Innocents, those children who died under the wrath of King Herod. Say a prayer today for all parents who are grieving the loss of a child.

December 27, 2017

The Christmas season can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones, feel alone, have no children, etc. Can you reach out today to someone and share the joy of Christmas with them?

December 26, 2017

Don’t put away your Christmas decorations yet! Remember that Christmas isn’t just a day, but a whole season. So keep singing those Christmas carols and rejoicing in the birth of Our Lord.

How To Make Christmas About Christmas

How To Make Christmas About Christmas

Do Santa and Jesus seem to get “equal billing” in your home at Christmas? Do you want this year to be different, to focus on Jesus’s birth and the joy of giving? Read on for helpful tips!

December 25, 2017

Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given. Rejoice with your family today at the best gift the world has ever received, Jesus Christ our Savior. Alleluia!

December 24, 2017

“For nothing will be impossible for God.” (Lk 1:37) Christ became man to save us. Do not doubt that He can work wonders for and through you.

December 23, 2017

During the upcoming Christmas season, many travel to be with family. If you’re traveling or receiving visitors this Christmas, remember that it’s not just about presents but presence with others.

Is Your Marriage Worth Fighting For?

In marriage, two imperfect people learn how to become one by the grace of God. Kathleen reflects on the “hard work” of marriage and the choices – such as vulnerability, communication, and sacrifice – she makes to fight for her marriage.

December 22, 2017

In the haze of last-minute Christmas shopping, meal preparations, and arranging visits to family and friends, make sure you take time to slow down and spend a few moments of quiet quality time with your spouse.

December 21, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Use the phrase “Praised be Jesus Christ” (a traditional greeting in many countries) as the first and last words of each day to your spouse and children.

December 20, 2017

When you meet at the end of your workday, connect with your spouse before beginning that evening’s chores and activities. Catch up on each other’s days, take a walk, say some prayers…fifteen minutes together can make a world of difference.

December 19, 2017

As we wait for Christmas, it’s a good time to develop the virtue of patience. Focus on being patient today, especially with your family members. Offer up the frustrations that come from things not going the way you had planned.

December 18, 2017

The “O Antiphons” began yesterday, best known from the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Today’s is “O Leader of the House of Israel.” Find them all on the USCCB website (search “Advent”) and pray them as a family this week to prepare for Christ’s birth.

December 17, 2017

“He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted.” (Is 61:1) Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, reminds us of God’s gift of joy (“gaudium” in Latin) no matter what trials we are experiencing in our family.

December 16, 2017

Walk or drive around your neighborhood and look at the Christmas lights. How has your spouse been a light when you were going through a dark time?

December 15, 2017

“The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son.” (Lk 1:57) Elizabeth waited a long time to have a child. Do you know anyone hoping to have a child? Pray for them. God willing, their time will come. If not, may they be mothers and fathers in other […]

December 14, 2017

Reconciliation is crucial in every marriage. Does your parish have an Advent Penance Service? Make plans to receive the Sacrament of Penance as a family before Christmas.

A Few Parting Words

After four years of blogging, Dennis and Mary Jo present their final blog post for For Your Marriage. As a farewell to readers, they offer some wisdom and advice for living out “happily ever after” in marriage.

December 13, 2017

If you haven’t hung up your Christmas lights, today’s a great day to do it! (Feast of St. Lucy, whose name means “light.”) How can you be more of a light to your spouse?

December 12, 2017

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas. Celebrate by eating a dish from Mexico, where she appeared to St. Juan Diego, or learn a prayer in Spanish.

December 11, 2017

The love between husband and wife expands when shared with others. Consider participating in your parish’s Giving Tree, or inviting an elderly or single person to your holiday celebrations.

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