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St. Vincent de Paul is known for his love of the poor. Who are the poor, lonely, forgotten in your life? Your family can be a gift of love to them.
Listening well says to the other person, “I care about what you’re saying; I care about you.” It helps love to grow.
“But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” (1 Tim 6:11) For men – and women – of God, no better “marching orders” could be found!
Does your yes mean yes and your no, no? In addition to being an honorable approach to decisions, clarity can save a lot of headaches in marital communication.
Have a long commute? Use the time to pray for your family, listen to uplifting music, and prayerfully prepare for the day or your homecoming.
“If a family is centered on Christ, he will unify and illuminate its entire life. Moments of pain and difficulty will be experience in union with the Lord’s cross.” – Pope Francis
St. Matthew responded “yes” to the surprising call from God. Each day in our families we have a chance to say “yes” to God, too: greater faith, hope and love.
If you’ve been married for a while, is there a younger couple in your parish you could mentor? Young couples are often looking for reliable guides; it’s a mutual blessing.
In family prayer, engage the senses: light a candle, look at sacred art, or listen to music. Our sacramental faith brings us close to God in many ways.
“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.” (Lk 16:10) Build your family’s trust by being a person of your word, even in small things.
Marriage is a vocation: a call from God and a path to holiness. It is not a distraction from the spiritual life but the place where a spouse’s relationship with God takes shape.
“Committing oneself exclusively and definitively to another person always involves a risk and a bold gamble.” – Pope Francis. The grace of God gives us strength for lifelong commitment!
Joy and sorrow can be found together, through the grace of God. Ask for Mary’s help; she knew great sorrow but stayed close to Jesus.
Married couples are a reminder of Christ’s gift of love on the Cross (St. John Paul II). Lord Jesus, help all families carry their crosses joyfully today!
In moments of tension, think back to your “first love” with your spouse: your wedding day, honeymoon, times of joy. It can help put things in perspective.
Pope Francis encourages parents to “waste time” with their children. The same could apply to spouses, too! “Waste time” today with your family.
“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” (Lk 15:6) Every family has its “lost sheep.” Pray today for estranged loved ones to make their way back to the fold, and for the charity to rejoice at their every step closer to God.
Pope Francis calls “I’m sorry” one of the magic words of marriage. Be quick to offer these healing words when you harm your spouse or children, no matter how small the offense.
Generosity does not mean never saying “no.” Boundaries are important in every relationship. If you feel stretched too thin, check your priorities and pray for guidance in when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”
Happy birthday, Mary! Pray the Rosary – or even just a decade – with your family today in honor of Our Lady’s birth.
Keeping a journal is a great way to record God’s providence in your family’s life. Even writing a paragraph or two each night will become something wonderful to look back on.
“Unless you become like a child…” Children are wonderful at being absorbed in the present moment. Try to imitate their whole-hearted attention to the present today.
This Labor Day, pray for families dealing with unemployment or underemployment. If possible, help a family who is facing this trial.
“For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.” (Wis 9:14) How true this can ring for married couples at times! Pray to the Holy Spirit when you feel “timid” and “unsure” and ask for the Lord’s guidance.
If you are praying for someone, let them know! “I’m praying for you” (sincerely meant) is a wonderful gesture of kindness. This includes your spouse and children.