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Moving Beyond “Healthy” Anger

Moving Beyond “Healthy” Anger

Anger management experts often advise couples to try to move from “unhealthy” to “healthy” anger. Dr. David Sanderlin points out that “healthy anger” is not all it’s cracked up to be. He shows how couples can grow towards a Christ-like, anger-free marital love.


Finding Help When Your Marriage Is in Trouble

Finding Help When Your Marriage Is in Trouble

Problems are part of every marriage. The U.S. Catholic Bishops have identified a variety of resources to help couples with marital difficulties–everything from skills-building programs and support groups to professional counseling.


What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

The recent royal wedding has prompted many people to wonder: What makes for a happy,enduring marriage? It’s not just luck! Read what social science research has discovered.


Jesus is Risen! Alleluia!

Easter is an exciting time as the Catholic Church welcomes tens of thousands of new members. Each has a story of conversion. Read about some of these new Catholics and their journeys of faith.


It Wasn’t an Option

Have you ever thought about how uniquely we approach a difficult situation when we know there is no other option?  We put our heads together and keep working until we figure out a game plan.  We get help.  We pray.  Sometimes, we hold our breath, muddle through until time passes and things change but we […]


When Unemployment Hits Home: Seven Ways to Help Your Marriage

When Unemployment Hits Home: Seven Ways to Help Your Marriage

As the effects of the Great Recession continue, many couples are struggling with unemployment and its consequent stress. But couples are not powerless in the face of job loss. Here are seven positive actions a couple can take.


How to Deepen Empathy in Your Marriage: Three Key Skills

(From “Thriving Marriages” by John Yzaguirre, Ph.D., and Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, M.Div., M.F.T, New City Press, 2004.  http://www.thrivingfamilies.com/) It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking each other for granted or just putting up with each other.  One husband described this bluntly: “When I get home my dog is the only one who seems excited to […]


Help for Empty Nesters

Help for Empty Nesters

The children have left home. You’re physically and emotionally tired, and perhaps feeling disconnected from your spouse. Can you really reinvent your marriage for the second half? Two well-known marriage educators offer some concrete tips and encouragement.


Five Tips to Fight Less and Love More

Five Tips to Fight Less and Love More

The holiday season is back. With family gatherings, high expectations and the pressure to make everyone happy, December can be the most stressful month of the year. How can couples keep their cool and make sure their marriage stays strong and that children see them at their best?


Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness

Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness

Pride is a mortal enemy to love, and also to lasting marital happiness. The antidote is humility–an acceptance of who and what we are.


“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?


Divorce and the Church’s Healing Ministry

Divorce and the Church’s Healing Ministry

Newly married couples begin life together in anticipation that their marriages will last. If a marital relationship subsequently ruptures couples can find themselves in very uncertain and sometimes fearful circumstances.


Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts in Marriage

Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts in Marriage

When we come to marriage we each bring our histories – healed or broken, reflected upon or repressed – to our life together. Our vocation is to help each other become fully human. This means finding a way to share hurts, to risk allowing the other person to know us so intimately that we are willing to open up old wounds and allow God to heal them through each other. Marriage at its best creates a safe space where healing and forgiveness can take place.


Drug Use Can Ruin a Marriage

Finding Mr. or Ms. Right is hard enough. You finally locate someone who shares your interests, who’s attractive, sympathetic, enjoys being with you. There’s only one problem: He (or she) uses drugs. Should you consider marrying a drug user?


Perseverance: Love Never Ends

Perseverance: Love Never Ends

Every couple has times when they are disillusioned, angry, depressed, tired, or just plain ready to give up. Why do some couples persevere and others give up trying to make things work? Read about the three things that persevering couples have in common.


Forgiveness Fundamentals

Forgiveness Fundamentals

Couples often find it easy to slide into conflict, but not so easy to forgive and reconcile with each other. How can spouses learn to forgive and move beyond the hurts caused by conflict? Here are seven “forgiveness fundamentals” that will help you to get started.


Help Your Marriage to Thrive

Help Your Marriage to Thrive

Why do some marriages–even long-term marriages–fail, while others grow and flourish? Marriage expert Susan Vogt offers some ideas for helping your marriage to thrive.


Marriage: The Later Years

Marriage: The Later Years

After 40 years of marriage, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper announced their separation. Although still unusual, the breakup of long term marriages is becoming more common. Sometimes, couples are not prepared to renegotiate a relationship of just two people. What should you know about marriage in later life?


I Promise To Be True To You

I Promise To Be True To You

Fidelity is not easy, but it is possible with God’s help. Married life often presents trials, conflicting choices, a partner’s inattention or worse. Faithful love persists. Spouses lay down their lives for their beloved every day.

Learn more about the virtue of fidelity and what it looks like in real life.


The Courage to be Married

The Courage to be Married

It may not take courage to make a promise, but it can take a lot of courage to keep a promise. This is especially true for the promises we make on our wedding day.


Household Duties

Household Duties

The Situation It’s not just the ‘uns’ that irritated Heidi: the unmade bed, the un-emptied dishwasher, the un-folded laundry. It was the fact that Sam had been home all day and was asleep when she returned from her extra weekend shift at the hospital. She was tired and resentful and felt that he hadn’t done […]


When Your Marriage Hits the Boredom Rut

The Dilemma After 16 years of marriage Bill and Betty find themselves in the marital doldrums. Although neither would say it openly, each feels their marriage has become lackluster and is in a rut. “Boring” was how Bill explained it to his closest friend. Although Bill and Betty have two children who keep them busy, […]


Stages of Growth in Marriage

Stages of Growth in Marriage

Social scientists have observed that marriages typically move through a series of at least four stages. Each stage presents unique learning opportunities and blessings, along with challenges and obstacles.


The Marital Sexual Relationship

The Marital Sexual Relationship

What initially begins as a positive and rewarding sexual relationship in a committed couple’s marriage can slowly diminish in sexual desire and frequency. Making time for intimacy between the demands of work and family.


Making Love On a Budget

Making Love On a Budget

The authors share some of their favorite free and inexpensive date ideas.


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