Archive for ‘Marriage Readiness’
Wedding preparation involves more than just flowers and seating charts; it is also a time of stress, excitement, and personal growth. In “Invited,” author Stephanie Calis offers practical tips, stories, and spiritual help for brides (and grooms) navigating through wedding planning, while helping readers prepare for a Christ-centered marriage.
Do the chores you’ve been avoiding – the laundry that’s been piling up or the windows that need cleaning – together. Chores are always more fun when you’re not doing them alone.
In today’s first reading, Aaron and Hur supported Moses when he grew tired. Together, they were able to win the battle. In what ways can you support your family today?
A sense of belonging in a community is essential for fostering relationships. Look up community events in the area and participate in activities with family members!
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:18-24). Jesus reminds us today that loving Him requires immense sacrifice. Be not afraid when encountering trials.
Laughter reduces stress and helps connect us with others. Watch a funny movie with your spouse tonight or play a game of twister!
“But [the house] did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” (Mt. 7:25). Is Christ the foundation of your family?
(Especially for parents) When you’re parenting, life can be swamped with childcare arrangements, overtime work, and little sleep. It’s tempting to want to give up. Simplify what you can. Love your kids but be the parent.
In November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved a pastoral letter entitled “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The letter brings together the Church’s key teachings on marriage as both a natural gift and a sacrament. It explains how marriage is a public commitment between a man and a woman, intended for the […]
This is a generational story about lunch boxes. My daughter, Carole, wanted a new lunch box for first grade. To save money, I spray painted the old one, much to her dismay.
Exchange answers with your fiancé(e). Which experience of your fiancé(e) is most different from yours? Discuss what impact this might have on your future marriage.