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“The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.” St. John Paul II, pray for all marriages and families!
Make a Holy Hour (or half hour) together as a family to end the week.
In honor of Respect Life month, take part as a family in local pro-life activities: pray outside an abortion clinic, collect donations for a women’s care center, or attend a special Respect Life Mass.
Sts. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues are the first North American martyrs, known for their zeal for spreading the Gospel. Ask for their intercession as you spread the Gospel today both at home and in the workplace.
Communication in your family is key. Don’t let wounds fester. Instead, calmly address hurts and ask for the grace to forgive.
Do you know your spouse’s love language? Take an online test (or read the book if you have it) and have a conversation about how you both give and receive love best.
In today’s first reading, Aaron and Hur supported Moses when he grew tired. Together, they were able to win the battle. In what ways can you support your family today?
Have you received the Sacrament of Penance lately? Go to Confession and follow it with breakfast together.
Do something small to surprise your spouse today – prepare lunch for them to take to work, greet them at home with flowers or a treat, or leave a sweet note somewhere for them to find.
End the day by saying a prayer together right before bed. Make sure to kiss your spouse and children good night.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal 5:22) How can you live out these fruits in your family today?
Take up a new hobby or skill together! Learning at any age can be fun and beneficial.
Have you told your spouse and children you love them yet today? Make the conscious effort to do so.
“In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:18) Reflect on the blessings in your life and have a conversation about gratitude with your spouse.
Autumn is here! Take advantage of the cooler weather to go apple-picking, visit a pumpkin patch, or enjoy a bonfire as a family.
On this feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, say a rosary (or even just a decade) together to ask for Our Lady’s intercession in your marriage.
Have a technology-free evening. Take a walk, play a game, or read a book out loud together as a family.
“All the love God has in Himself, all the beauty God has in Himself, all the truth God has in Himself, He entrusts to the family. A family is truly a family when it is capable of opening its arms to receive all that love.” – Pope Francis
St. Francis of Assisi is known for his great joy, even in difficult times. Find joy in everything today and share it with your spouse and children.
Share the love of God with someone who may feel forgotten. Together, call an elderly family member or make arrangements to visit a lonely member of your parish today.
“Increase our faith!” said the Apostles to Jesus in the Gospel today. Share some of your faith journey with your family and pray for an increase of faith together.
“To live out of love is to give one’s self.” – St. Therese. Make a conscious effort to give yourself to your family today, through your time, prayers, and acts of service.
Honoring the Sabbath as a family gives a chance to rest, recharge, and be reminded of the blessings of faith and family.
Today on the feast of the Archangels, say a prayer to your family’s guardian angels, to protect everyone from harm natural and supernatural.
Prioritize time with good friends who can build you up in your vocation of marriage. They are the people to turn to when you hit a rough patch.