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September 4, 2015

Unemployment can put stress on a marriage – and it’s not just about the money. Questions arise like: what value am I to my family or our society? If your spouse is job hunting or underemployed be gentle and be present for him/her. Pray for those who need work.


September 3, 2015

How do you feel about parties? Some people love to host them while others prefer going to them. Still others would rather stay home and cocoon. If you don’t have the same socializing style, what compromises have you worked out?


September 2, 2015

“It is easier to build a child than to repair an adult.” (Marilyn Krock) In other words, it is worth the effort to invest time and love into your children. Slow down, be with them, and enjoy the moments together. Work can wait.


September 1, 2015

What’s your favorite food? What’s your spouse’s favorite food? Did you guess right? How soon can you make or buy the favorite for your sweetie?


August 31, 2015

Psychologically, negative messages are more powerful than positive ones. If you’ve been hard on yourself lately, list three things you did well today. It’ll make you a more pleasant person for your spouse to be around.


August 30, 2015

“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.” (Mk 7:6-7) Preach the Gospel, but also live the Gospel. Your children need to see both sides in order to understand.


August 29, 2015

St. John the Baptist was a martyr for marriage (see Matt 14:3-12). May we have the courage to defend – and live – the true meaning of marriage!


August 28, 2015

Suggested prayer for your family today: “My God, let me know and love you, so that I may find my happiness.” (attributed to St. Augustine)


August 27, 2015

Mothers with challenging children, don’t lose hope! Ask St. Monica for help. She prayed and wept for years over her son, St. Augustine.


August 26, 2015

Want to pray more, but not sure how? Try taping a list of people you want to pray for to the bathroom mirror, or a place you will see it every day. Make sure your spouse is #1.


August 25, 2015

“We must have places where children can have a whole group of adults they can trust.” (Margaret Mead) Does your family have such a community? If you don’t have children yourselves, can you be that supportive community for your neighborhood?


August 24, 2015

Consider living beneath your means. Many people in the world don’t have a choice. Even it you are still collecting necessities for your household, is there one thing that you can give away this week? You’ll be richer for it.


August 23, 2015

“Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” (John 6:60) Living out the Gospel is not always easy, but with God’s grace it is possible.


August 22, 2015

The “Salve Regina” hymn – which honors Mary as Queen – is a beautiful prayer for the family to pray together. Even in the “valley of tears,” God is with us.


August 21, 2015

“You carry out the mission of the church of the home in ordinary ways when…you pray together…God answers all prayers, but sometimes in surprising ways.” (Follow the Way of Love, USCCB) Looking back on the past year, can you identify a prayer that has been answered?


August 20, 2015

Is life overwhelming right now? Take a deep breath, and remind yourself of your blessings, especially your faith and your marriage. This too shall pass!


August 19, 2015

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:7) Did you gather in Jesus’ name today? Then believe that Jesus is with you in your marriage.


August 18, 2015

How FREE are you and your family? Can you enjoy each other’s company without spending money? Can you have fun without depending on electricity? Explore free recreation next weekend. Sing and dance – or at least walk and talk.


August 17, 2015

Sexual intercourse is one of the joys of married love, but spouses’ sexual desires may differ. If (when) “desire discrepancy” appears in your marriage, sometimes one sacrifices for the love of the other. Sometimes it’s the reverse.


August 16, 2015

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (Jn 5:53) Teach your children the importance of the Eucharist. Celebrate their first Holy Communion and ensure that your family is always prepared to receive the Eucharist at […]


August 15, 2015

Mary’s “Yes” of the Annunciation was the vehicle for God’s entry into human history. Her Assumption brought her closer to God, and thus closer to all of us. Ask her for help today.


August 14, 2015

“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 16: 18) In marriage we hold the keys to each other’s heart. Spouses should also know each other’s Internet passwords lest one be tempted to lock out the other from personal conversations.


August 13, 2015

When asked, “If you could come back as anyone after you die, who would it be?” Winston Churchill thought for a second, turned to his wife, and said, “Mrs. Churchill’s second husband.” Make a tribute to your spouse today.


August 12, 2015

St. Jane Frances de Chantal was a wife and mother who was widowed at age 28. Today, pray for those who have lost a spouse, and look for a concrete way to support them.


August 11, 2015

Temper Taming Tip #3: A child’s disobedience can trigger rage from a parent. Try pre-empting your anger with a plan. Inform your child (ideally after discussion) of what consequence will follow disobedience. Then don’t yell, just calmly enforce the plan.


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