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Do You Have Marriage Insurance?

We insure material possessions; it’s even more important to invest in a marital insurance policy. Blogger Kathleen has some practical suggestions for couples to protect and strengthen the marital commitment.


January 18, 2017

You may not think about your decision to marry as a call from God, but rather as an intense attraction to your beloved. Hmm, isn’t that what compelled the apostles to follow Jesus?


January 17, 2017

“Where you put your time, you put your life.” (Clayton Barbeau) What are your deepest values? Does the way you spend your time reflect these? If not, why not? Take charge.


January 16, 2017

Do you have a dream for your life together? You may not express it like Martin Luther King did, but having a dream gives direction to your life. Tell each other your dreams.


January 15, 2017

“Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Ps 40:8a, 9a) When’s the last time you and your spouse have prayed together to know God’s will for your family? Spend time today asking the Lord what more he has to teach you. Pray to be always ready to do His will.


January 14, 2017

Parenting can be a joy but can also put stress on a marriage. Parenting young children can be physically demanding, and parenting teens might be emotionally draining. Take time today to reconnect with your spouse.


Three Little Words

Men and women have different perspectives in marriage. Mary Jo shares a few phrases that have particular importance for her in conversations with her husband.


January 13, 2017

“Then they abandoned their nets and followed [Jesus].” (Mk 1:18) The apostles were ready to leave their work to follow Jesus. Work is necessary to pay bills and raise kids, but sometimes our job can steal time needed for our vocation – marriage. Ask your spouse if your work is in balance.


Pope Baptizes Twenty-Eight Babies on Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father baptized twenty-eight babies in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he spoke of the faith that baptism bestows and the responsibility of parents to live as witnesses of that faith.


January 12, 2017

Does your job rob you of couple time? Are you “married” to your job? For those whose work is in the home (both paid and unpaid), consider the same questions. Does taking care of your children or your volunteer work consume so much time that no energy or time is left for your beloved? Readjust.


January 11, 2017

Even if it’s not your cup of tea, sometimes it’s worth doing something with your honey, just because it pleases the other person. For example, watch her favorite movie or his favorite sport, try dancing together, take a lesson…


Teaching Transcendence

The encounter with the transcendent is a crucial part of human life. Josh reflects on the experiences of nature that have inspired contemplation of God and the current practices in his family that foster wonder and awe.


January 10, 2017

Did you know that your marriage gladdens the hearts of the bishops? “We rejoice that so many couples are living in fidelity to their marital commitment,” the bishops wrote in Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. Your marriage matters!


January 9, 2017

“Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.” (Mt 3:13) Remember your baptism today, and that of your children. Look at pictures and share memories. Are you a godmother or godfather? Pray for your godchild today.


January 8, 2017

“They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.” (Mt 10: 11) Spend some time today as a family basking in the joy of Christmas. Visit a nativity scene and pray together.


January 7, 2017

What makes a happy marriage? Many things of course, but one glue that helps a lot of couples is being able to laugh when things go wrong. Is there a blunder that happened in your past that you’re now able to laugh about?


January 6, 2017

January 6 (the 12th day after Christmas) is the traditional date of the Epiphany when the three wise men honored Jesus with gifts. Debrief what you liked (or disliked) about your gift giving this Christmas and consider new ways you can be more generous next year.


January 5, 2017

“Welcoming a child, through birth or adoption, is an act of faith as well as an act of love.” (Follow the Way of Love) Pray for couples who want a child but are infertile as well as for those who have an untimely pregnancy and are afraid. Bless your child today.


Meet the Future Mr. and Mrs. Foley

Welcome to our new engaged couple bloggers! Tim and Brooke are getting married this summer. In their first post, they share their how-we-met story and their beautiful proposal story. It will be a joy to follow them in their journey toward the Sacrament of Marriage!


January 4, 2017

“On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 11 Pipers Piping.” Now who needs 11 pipers? Maybe the appropriate interpretation would be to share music today. What’s your beloved’s favorite song? Play it or sing it. You don’t have to be good, just willing to try.


January 3, 2017

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Phil 2:10) Catholics have always held the name of Jesus in high esteem. Do you give His name the precious devotion and reverence He deserves?


January 2, 2017

“On the 9th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 ladies dancing.” Dancing is not only for ladies or newlyweds. Try it. If you have children, include them. It needn’t be ballroom to be fun. Think the Hokey Pokey, or dance to your first dance song again.


Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Good mothers bring tenderness to society, Pope Francis says. We can all follow the example of Mary, the Mother of God and first disciple.


January 1, 2017

“When eight days were completed…he was named Jesus.” (Lk 2:21) You’ve been “wearing” your own name for many years now. Do you like it? Do you know what it means? Does your spouse have a special nickname for you? If you have children, do they know the meaning of their names?


The Journey of Our Love: The Letters of Saint Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla

The personal witness of a happy, holy married life can be a source of encouragement and strength for others who are striving to virtuously live their own vocations. The letters of St. Gianna Molla and her husband, Pietro, provide an image of beautiful, sanctifying married love.


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