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July 5, 2015

“He was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mk 6:6) Are there areas in your life in which you are lacking faith? Are you lacking faith in areas of your marriage? Entrust them to Christ so that He may work in your life.


July 4, 2015

What does it mean to be “free” in a marriage? St. John Paul II said it means that Jesus frees us from our hardness of heart to live fully God’s plan for our marriages and families. What good news!


July 3, 2015

Some spouses need to bite their tongues more; others need to loosen their tongues and share more. Which are you? With time, hopefully you can find the middle ground that is “just right.”


July 2, 2015

“Your life is more than your work and your work is more than your job.” (From the song by the same name by Charlie King.) Is your ‘job’ getting in the way of your family relationships? Both are important, but as another song puts it, “Time is love.”


July 1, 2015

Marriage Challenge (esp. for older couples): health. Aches and pains are inevitable but remind yourself daily that you still have a spouse to love.


June 30, 2015

Marriage Challenge for older couples: Retirement, and the life changes that come with it. Humbly offer your life’s wisdom for the good of others; your experience is priceless.


June 29, 2015

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” (Albert Schweitzer) Is there a trait that you would like to foster in your spouse or child? How can you model that behavior this week in your own life?


June 28, 2015

“Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mark 5:35) Are you or a loved one suffering from an illness? This can cause stress and sorrow. Remain faithful and the Lord will provide the strength and comfort you need.


June 27, 2015

Does your spouse accuse you of being irresponsible? Sometimes it might just be a different personality style, but don’t ignore the criticism. It may hurt, but not addressing any truth that might be behind the charge can build resentment.


June 26, 2015

Marriage Challenge: While you may have settled in to a comfortable lifestyle, routines can get boring. Try something new together this week – a new food, recreation, book…


June 25, 2015

Are you a perfectionist? It’s natural to want to do a good job but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t take yourself too seriously.


June 24, 2015

St. John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb when he heard the voice of Mary. Today, rejoice to hear your spouse’s voice, and pray together to hear God’s voice.


June 23, 2015

Marriage Challenge: Balancing couple, parent, work, and personal time. Which one gets the least attention in your marriage? Fix it.


June 22, 2015

Marriage Challenge, especially for those with both kids and ailing parents: As part of the “sandwich generation” don’t be afraid to ask for help to meet the needs of both your kids and your parents.


June 21, 2015

“Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:40) Do not doubt the Lord. Have faith. He will deliver you from danger and sorrow. You must simply trust in Him and have faith.


June 20, 2015

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. God bless all fathers! May they witness to God the Father’s love. And may men who desire fatherhood find ways to be fatherly to those in need around them.


June 19, 2015

If your child has a problem and wants your input, but you are caught off guard, try saying “Tell me more about that” or “What do you think you should do?” Responses like this can buy you time and clarify the situation. This works with spouses too.


June 18, 2015

Couples often have different internal clocks. Is one of you often ready to walk out of the house while the other decides to brush and floss? Be patient, and try matching each other’s pace.


June 17, 2015

Marriage Challenge: If you desire children but are not yet parents, tenderly support each other. Consider how your love may flow out to others needing your generosity.


June 16, 2015

Marriage Challenge: If you have children, the challenge is to negotiate child care responsibilities and still have the energy to be good, devoted spouses. Consider going on weekly dates.


June 15, 2015

“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” (2 Cor. 13:12) There are kisses and there are kisses. Some cultures greet even strangers with a kiss on both cheeks; some simply bow. The marital kiss is special. Pay attention to how you kiss each other today.


June 14, 2015

“We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor 5:7) How is your faith these days? St. Paul reminds us that at the heart of the Christian faith is trust, even when we can’t see the road ahead. Pray with your spouse for that kind of faith today.


June 13, 2015

“We are responsible for the process we use in parenting, not the outcome. Our children have free will and can choose their own paths, even destructive ones. We can guide, but we can’t control. Sometimes all we can do is pray.” (Susan Vogt)


June 12, 2015

Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, draw close to Jesus’s Heart. Lay your head on Jesus’s chest, and give him your troubles. His Heart beats with love for you.


June 11, 2015

“Why” questions are fine for inquisitive minds but can be an obstacle during marital arguments. Why? It can sound accusatory. “Why did you do that?” “Why don’t you just…” Be careful of “Why” questions disguised as innocent queries.


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