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Dennis and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary while on a retreat with some friends from our marriage support group Teams of Our Lady. Along with time to learn from the videos on the retreat, there was a lot of laughter and good-natured ribbing, not much sleep and a fair amount of food and wine […]

October 9, 2015

Re-connecting after a business trip? There are typically two conflicting needs. The traveling spouse might be looking forward to relaxing while the at-home spouse may be looking for reinforcements (with kids, chores, etc.). Connect first by talking, then reinforce, and finally relax together.

October 8, 2015

Don’t feel especially loving today (or some days)? Try doing a loving action. It might be physical like a hug, or intellectual like writing a love note. Emotions often follow an action. Remember that love is a verb, not just a feeling.

October 7, 2015

If you’re about to accuse your spouse of losing an important paper, forgetting to write that thank-you note, or a thousand other irksome offenses, try giving your beloved the benefit of the doubt first. Maybe you misunderstood.

Opening Addresses for the Synod

Pope Francis shares beautiful words about the family as the Synod opens.

Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do

In Love Factually, Duana Welch lays out ten steps to finding love based on her research as a social scientist.

October 6, 2015

Do you know the names of the people on your street? Who is home when? The more you know your neighbors, the better they can be extra eyes, ears, and a helpful hand to your children. Be those eyes for your neighbors’ children too.

On the Apostolic Visit to Cuba and the United States

Pope Francis’ reflections on his journey to Cuba and the United States.

October 5, 2015

One secret of a memorable date night: novelty. Sometimes the tried and true is fine, but other times the effort to think of something new and fun is refreshing – and creates happy memories.

October 4, 2015

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” (Mk 10:11-12) Jesus’ teaching is clear: marriage lasts for life. Remove divorce from your vocabulary and trust that Christ will help you to work through your difficulties. For those spouses who have […]

October 3, 2015

If you suddenly had a million dollars given to you, how would you use it? Is your answer different from that of your beloved? Could any of the money be spent to strengthen other marriages?

Family Pilgrimage

Josh and his family went to the World Meeting of Families in Philly! The theme was “Love is Our Mission.”

October 2, 2015

What’s your decision-making style? Slow or fast? Do you weigh the pros and cons? Go with your gut feeling? How does your style mesh with that of your spouse? Being similar can make life easier, but being different can often help see different angles of the situation.

October 1, 2015

It’s usually easy to pray for your own children; their needs are so apparent. October is Respect Life Month. Pray today, not only for your own children, but for all children in our world, especially the unborn.

Papal Visit Wrap-Up

Pope Francis spoke multiple times about marriage and the family during his visit to the U.S. – read them all here!

September 30, 2015

Research says it takes five positive comments to counteract one negative. Try keeping track for one day, and seek to affirm more than criticize.

September 29, 2015

Today, on the feast of the Archangels, ask for their protection over your marriage and family. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

September 28, 2015

Who usually has the final word in an argument or family decision? If it doesn’t balance out, check if one of you is taking unfair advantage of the other. Somebody may be talking too much.

September 27, 2015

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna.” (Mark 9:43) If your spouse is struggling with a sin, pray for them and encourage them to seek help.

September 26, 2015

Have you ever sought professional help for troubles between you? Perhaps you don’t need it, but don’t let pride or procrastination rob you of the chance to learn new skills and heal.

September 25, 2015

What prompts your beloved to cry? Nothing? Anything? A sad movie? How do you usually respond? Sharing one’s deepest feelings builds intimacy.

September 24, 2015

Do you know a childhood disappointment of your beloved? A goal or dream that was never achieved? If not, ask. Console. Maybe it’s not too late.

Dealing with the Empty Nest, with Prayer

Are you an empty-nest parent? Dennis and Mary Jo found themselves at that stage of life recently. Dennis writes that the best gift he can give his children now is praying for them.

September 23, 2015

What is your role in marital disputes – the problem solver, peacemaker, challenger? Are you satisfied with how you solve disagreements? If not, it’s easy to get helpful ideas from For Your Marriage.

September 22, 2015

Gifts on birthdays and Christmas are fine, but a surprise trinket/flowers may be even more delightful.

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