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December 21, 2014

“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 20, 2014

The intensity of this time right before Christmas can be fun but also draining. When you feel stressed, keep repeating the mantra, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” If you keep this in mind, what’s important and what isn’t will sort itself out.


At Baptism, Parents Give Their Children the Gift of Faith

Speaking to parents of newly baptized children, Pope Francis urged them to remember and celebrate their own baptism too.


December 19, 2014

“I was a stranger and you made me welcome.” (Mt. 25:38) Who is the last stranger who visited your home? How would you rate your family’s hospitality? Who will be the next guest?


The December Rose

Roses…in December? Mary Jo writes about a family birthday tradition and how it reminds her to allow her children to develop at their own pace, and helps her to believe in their goodness always.


Jesus Chose to Enter a Human Family

Continuing his weekly reflections on the family, Pope Francis speaks beautifully about the Holy Family.


December 18, 2014

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?


Shared work or shared parenting?

New research on men’s and women’s thoughts on work-life balance reveal some interesting differences between desires and reality.


December 17, 2014

The “O Antiphons” begin today, best known from the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Today’s is “O Wisdom of our God Most High.” Find them all on the USCCB website (search “Advent”) and pray them as a family this week to prepare for Christ’s birth.


December 16, 2014

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.


Pope Looks Forward to Philadelphia Trip

In a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Pope Francis wrote about the family, the Synod of Bishops, and the upcoming World Meeting of Families.


December 15, 2014

“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 […]


Holy Order

Tim reflects on how children remind us that life doesn’t have to be routine and how we can find childlike joy in our everyday lives.


December 14, 2014

“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 13, 2014

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?


Pope Francis Begins New Series on the Family

On December 10, 2014 Pope Francis began a new series of talks on the family for his general audiences. In the first audience, the Pope discussed the true nature of the October Synod on the Family.


December 12, 2014

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


Family Is Irreplaceable; Women Should Be Valued

In a message sent to the Festival of the Family, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of the family for all people, and lauded the valuable contributions of women in the home and society.


December 11, 2014

Ever heard of limerence? It’s a physical feeling of infatuation for another, like a crush. Although limerence can lead to committed love, it typically has a shelf life of 2-3 years. That’s why couples must transition to a more lasting love. Nurture romance but rely on enduring friendship.


Marriage: A Perpetual Advent

Marriage is a pathway to heaven. And just as we wait in Advent for Christ’s coming at Christmas, so married couples patiently journey together toward the fulfillment of their desires in heaven.


December 10, 2014

Sit down with your spouse and look at some of your favorite photos from the past year. Was there an unexpected blessing? Give thanks.


December 9, 2014

“And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more.” (Phil 1:9) God wants your love to grow, always.


December 8, 2014

A nice tradition today, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is to give a gift to a pregnant woman you know. Also pray today for mothers with difficult or unexpected pregnancies.


December 7, 2014

“John [the] Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mk 1:4) The sacraments are essential to the Christian life. Encourage your spouse to go to confession regularly. Participation in this sacrament will strengthen not only your relationship with God but your relationship with your spouse.


December 6, 2014

St. Nicholas, whose feast is celebrated today, was known as a secret gift-giver. Surprise your spouse and children with a little treat today, and read together the story of this inspiring saint.


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