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November 23, 2017

“Thanks be to God!” is a common expression not only of thanks but also of relief that a danger was averted. In this season of thanks, is there a bad fortune that you avoided? Thank God for His blessings of safety and protection in so many ways…and for all the gifts of His love, too!…

November 22, 2017

Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The Catholic Church has a long and rich history of beautiful music. Does your family have a favorite hymn or praise song? Sing it together today.

November 21, 2017

“But of that day or hour, no one knows…” (Mk 13:32) Death is not something most people like to think about, but it is inevitable and indeed we don’t know “the day or hour.” Don’t avoid talking about your deaths – even if you’re young. Each day is a gift and meant to be lived […]

November 20, 2017

It is natural to be proud of our children’s success and take blame for their failures. Remember that they need your encouragement and support, but allow them to be independent in their life choices.

November 19, 2017

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:21) God is calling us to share in His joy through the sacrament of marriage. Don’t forget to share smiles and laughter with your […]

November 18, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Be kind and joyful. Each day pray for your spouse and, more importantly, pray with them as often as possible.

November 17, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Pray together at meals, even if you’re in a restaurant. Don’t be afraid to show PDF’s (Public Displays of Faith).

November 16, 2017

As Thanksgiving approaches, blended families should plan ahead for family gatherings and parent visits. Avoid tension by not putting people whose histories don’t mix well at the same gathering.

November 15, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Keep Jesus’s teachings at the center of your marriage: Be the first to forgive and the last to blame, and never go to sleep angry with each other.

November 14, 2017

When you are not able to be sexually intimate (illness, fatigue, wrong time of the month, separation, not in the mood…), how do you still express love to your spouse? Find a creative way to express your love today.

November 13, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) I show my wife how much I love and appreciate her each day by lovingly waking her, making breakfast, and starting her car on cold mornings.

November 12, 2017

“Therefore stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Mt 25:13) It’s not uncommon nowadays to hear someone say the world is ending soon – but really, we don’t know when it will end. Instead of worrying about your time left on earth, focus on being present to your family in every […]

November 11, 2017

“Elijah said to [the widow], ‘Do not be afraid.’” (1 Kings 17:13) Do you have money worries? Have you ever? Do you or your spouse worry more about money? If you don’t have true worries about money, it’s time to give some away.

November 10, 2017

Yearning for a baby? For some couples, pregnancy comes quickly, but for those still waiting, it can be emotionally draining. Natural Family Planning can help couples identify their most fertile days. Pray for pregnant couples and for those who wait.

November 9, 2017

“Zeal for your house will consume me.” (Jn 2:17) What role does the Mass play in your home? Does it make a difference if you go as a family? Discuss why you go to Mass and what it means to each of you.

November 8, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Embrace the Cross. Marriage, like any vocation, is a path to holiness, with its sorrows as well as joys.

November 7, 2017

Do you know what romantic gestures your spouse loves the most? Is it candlelight, a shoulder rub, flowers, written notes, a favorite dessert or meal? Surprise him/her with a special gesture sometime this week.

November 6, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Celebrate achievements that you know are important to your spouse. Let your kids know when and why you are proud of each other, especially when it is for things that might not be important to anyone else.

November 5, 2017

“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23:11-12) Who doesn’t want to be noticed and applauded? Jesus’ words certainly sound like a paradox. Do small things with great love today – sometimes it’s the little, hidden things that make the […]

November 4, 2017

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk 12:31) This presumes that you have a humble and honest self-love. Keep yourself healthy as a gift to your spouse. This includes exercising and not smoking or drinking excessively.

November 3, 2017

Whether both you and your spouse work or one of you stays at home full-time, jobs can put a strain on family life. Talk to your spouse about time spent at work and home, and remember to make your family your priority.

November 2, 2017

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (Jn 6:40) Today we commemorate All Souls’ Day when we remember all those who have gone before us in faith. Visit the graves of […]

November 1, 2017

Married couples sometimes speak of leading each other to heaven. Show your spouse how much God loves them by doing an unexpected kindness for them today.

October 31, 2017

Halloween is a time when adults and kids get to play and pretend – guilt free. If you could dress up as any famous couple in history, who would it be? Why?

October 30, 2017

When was the last time the two of you laughed so hard you cried? Think of a way to help your honey laugh today – even if it’s embarrassing.

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