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Laughter reduces stress and helps connect us with others. Watch a funny movie with your spouse tonight or play a game of twister!
Take some time today to write your spouse a short love note or email and describe something you appreciate about him or her.
Before passing judgment on others (spouse, children, etc.) and becoming easily frustrated by miniscule happenings, ask them for their opinion and perspective on various daily situations.
Mary rejoiced with Elizabeth about the new lives within them. Talk with your spouse about openness to new life in your marriage.
Meet your spouse where he/she is today, but remember to challenge each other to grow in holiness.
“They all ate and were satisified” (Lk 9:1X). Today we celebrate in a special way the life-giving mystery of Christ in the Eucharist. Talk with your family about the importance of the Eucharist in your lives.
Every evening, talk about three favorite memories from your marriage. Consider making a scrapbook of these memories for your anniversary this year.
You and your spouse are one unit: make time to talk about each other’s days, both big and small events.
Look up outdoor concerts in your area. Find a free one and plan a date night!
Life is hectic and prayer rarely just “fits in” to daily schedules without effort. Be intentional and put aside time to pray with your spouse today.
Remember to kiss your spouse goodnight, regardless of the day’s events.
If your spouse does something thoughtful, reinforce your gratitude with a simple thank you or a thoughtful gesture in return.
St. Rita of Cascia Trinity Sunday Prv 8:22-31; Ps 8:4-9; Rom 5:1-5; Jn 16:12-15 Jesus said to his disciples, “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth” (Jn 16:13). In married life, the couple is called to reflect the love of the Trinity in a very unique way. […]
Is your spouse looking to share or fix a problem? Communicate with each other about what the conversation is seeking to accomplish.
Take time to watch your spouse’s reactions to things you and others do. Be aware of his/her feelings and desires
Continue to honor Mary this month: gather your family to pray a rosary this evening for strength to witness to the Church’s teaching in your community.
Weed out your garden and weed out your bad habits. Work through these and pray about them with your spouse.
This Spring, try something old and something new: Visit your childhood playground and your spouse’s favorite candy shop!
In the midst of an argument, reach out to your spouse. Physical touch can’t fix everything, but it can alleviate tension.
“[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit’” (Jn 20:21-22). Today is the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came and flooded the early Church […]
Go for a morning walk with your spouse, and enjoy the quiet time together. You can even make it a date by walking to a donut shop or other tasty destination.
Intentionality applies to word choice as well. When you are talking to your spouse, make sure your tone and language reflect love. Avoid accusatory or defensive language and use unique language that lets your spouse know s/he is special.
Intentionality goes a long way. Think about your spouse when you make decisions, even if they are small ones, like when to fill up the gas tank or what channel to watch, or big ones, such as plans with friends or vacation spots.
After work today, do one of your spouse’s chores before you settle down to relax; make sure their comfort and relaxation is ranked as highly as your own.
Spring and summer are great times to start new hobbies. Talk with your spouse about your interests and pick a new hobby to do together.