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Use a bulletin board or chalkboard to make a prayer intention space somewhere in your home. Set aside time each day to pray for each of the intentions.
“The spirituality of family love is made up of thousands of small but real gestures.” – Pope Francis
Make a little sacrifice for your spouse today – giving up your cell phone for the evening, choosing not to complain throughout the day, etc.
Today’s readings speak on the topic of death. Death can be scary, but Jesus reminds us that the Lord “is not God of the dead, but of the living.” (Lk 20:28) Rejoice in the gift of eternal life!
Before it gets too cold, have a bonfire, make a picnic, or go stargazing together.
Be flexible in your interactions with your spouse. Sometimes the most loving thing to do is compromise.
St. Martin de Porres was known for his particular love for the poor. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food pantry this evening with your family.
On this All Souls’ Day, visit the grave of a loved one who has passed. Say a special prayer for him/her and all the souls in purgatory.
Today is the solemnity of All Saints! Before Mass, make a litany of all the patron and namesake saints in your family to ask for their intercession.
Trick or treat! Suggest that your kids go out dressed up as their patron or favorite saint. Before going out for candy, pray for the souls in purgatory.
In today’s Gospel, Zacchaeus is surprised when Jesus says He will be coming to stay at his house. What would Jesus find if He came to stay at your house today? How can you make your home a welcoming place for Jesus?
Pope Francis recently said, “If love is real, then peace is made quickly.” Reflect on how you argue with your spouse. How can you be more patient and understanding?
Today is the feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles and martyrs. Ask for their intercession for your family to courageously live out your call to spread the Good News of God’s love.
“The Word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (Heb 4:12) Take time today to read and discuss Scripture with your spouse, whether it’s a favorite Bible verse or one of the readings from Mass.
To end this month of the Rosary, dedicate time each day to pray one decade of the rosary as a family. Take turns leading it and offering different intentions.
Find a new recipe and cook dinner together as a family. Making a meal a good way to relax after a long day and spend quality time with your loved ones.
What is something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Make a bucket list with your spouse and talk about how you can fulfill those “someday” dreams.
In the Gospel today, we hear about the prayers of the proud Pharisee and the humble tax collector. In what ways can your prayer be more authentic and humble?
“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?