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January 19, 2016

Have you taken a family pilgrimage lately? This ancient Christian practice is spiritually edifying. Investigate pilgrimage sites near you, like a shrine or major church, and make plans to visit.

January 18, 2016

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. today by serving others somehow, maybe someone “forgotten” by society (the homeless, elderly, disabled, etc.). Children will learn from your example.

January 17, 2016

“As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.” (Is 62:5) A couple’s wedding day “glow” is a sign of God’s love for his people – what a beautiful reminder of the sacramentality of marriage. Even after many years, do you rejoice in your spouse? Pray for those graces today.

January 16, 2016

Balancing the budget tip: practice the $50 / 24-hour rule. Before buying anything over $50 (or set your own amount), wait 24 hours to see if you *really* need it. This cuts down on impulse buying and gives you time to think.

January 15, 2016

Help strengthen marriage by remembering your friends’ and family members’ wedding anniversaries. A simple “congratulations” by phone, text, email, etc., lets them know you value their commitment and are praying for their marriage.

January 14, 2016

Courtesy goes a long way in marriage. Pope Francis calls “May I?” one of the three “magic words” of family life. Being polite and kind to your family members is always a good idea.

January 13, 2016

“Do not let the sun set on your anger.” (Eph 4:26) Great biblical advice! Even if an issue is not completely resolved, make it a point to say “I’m sorry” and “I love you” after an argument and before bed.

January 12, 2016

“The family is…the place where an individual can exist ‘for himself’ through the sincere gift of self.” – St. John Paul II, Letter to Families, 11. Are people in your family cherished for their inherent goodness, beyond any “usefulness” or skills they bring to the family?

January 11, 2016

We’re back in ordinary time now – but remember that daily marriage and family life is anything but “ordinary”. It is a sacramental sign of God’s presence in the world and a way to show Christ’s love in the little moments of daily life.

January 10, 2016

“He saved us through the bath of rebirth.” (Ti 3:5) As we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, remember each of your family members’ baptisms, too. Share stories from each other’s baptism days, bless each other with holy water, and enjoy a special celebratory treat together.

January 9, 2016

Tomorrow is the last day of the Christmas season. One last chance this year to sing Christmas carols, enjoy Christmas treats, and rejoice in our Lord’s birth!

January 8, 2016

“Fatherhood and motherhood represent a responsibility which is not simply physical but spiritual in nature.” – St. John Paul II, Letter to Families, 10. Parents, take seriously your task in nurturing your children’s faith. Godparents are a great help here.

January 7, 2016

One practical way to help the poor this month: keep in your car or purse some small toiletries and snacks to give to a homeless person you may encounter. A smile and word of kindness are great gifts, too.

January 6, 2016

Today is the traditional date for the Epiphany, when the three wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Can you give a gift to someone you love today? Maybe the gift of kind, uplifting words to your spouse?

January 5, 2016

There is a beautiful blessing for the home on Epiphany (or near that date): “May all who enter this home find Christ’s light and love.” Visit for the full blessing.

January 4, 2016

January is poverty awareness month. How can you as a family help the poor, especially those in your own community? At the least, remember in your prayers today those who are struggling to meet their basic needs.

January 3, 2016

“Go and search diligently for the child.” (Mt 2:8) Despite Herod’s evil intentions, his words in themselves are true. During the Christmas season and always, let us “search diligently” for the Christ Child through prayer and service to others.

January 2, 2016

For family prayer today, invite the pope into your home by reading out loud his Christmas homily, found on the Vatican website (Search under Pope, then Homilies.)

January 1, 2016

Today on Mary’s feast day, ask our Blessed Mother to bless your family throughout this new year. “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

December 31, 2015

New Year’s Eve is a great time for a family “year in review.” What were some highs and lows from the year? How did you grow as a family? What do you hope for in the new year?

December 30, 2015

Little gestures go a long way: buying your spouse’s favorite treat, complimenting him or her, and so on. These are all simple ways of re-affirming your love and strengthening your bond with each other.

December 29, 2015

It’s still a good time for a Christmas movie. Both “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” have family themes that can lead to good discussion afterwards. Or try a new movie – check out the list on the USCCB website.

December 28, 2015

Today’s feast day is a stark reminder of the evil in the world, even after the beautiful event of Christ’s Incarnation. Pray today for all the innocent children whose lives are threatened by abortion, abuse, or violence.

December 27, 2015

“As the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.” (Col 3:13) A big part of being a holy family is giving and receiving forgiveness. “I’m sorry / I forgive you” are part of the daily litany of the Domestic Church. Never hesitate to say these healing words.

December 26, 2015

Don’t take down those decorations yet! The Christmas season has only just begun. So keep playing Christmas music and rejoicing with your family at our Savior’s birth.

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