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Maybe your marriage is feeling wear and tear these days. Don’t throw in the towel! Try Retrouvaille or The Third Option. If you don’t need it, pass the information on to a couple who does.
Do you have a regular date night? It’s one of the keys to a satisfying marriage. It needn’t always involve money or going out but it should be a time set aside for meaningful conversation (not about money or the kids) and fun.
“Behold, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem.” (Mt 2:2). The wise still seek Jesus. What gifts of wisdom do you possess? A lesson learned from your childhood? A proverb that steers your life? A virtue to which you’ve struggled to be true?
The National Marriage Project identified 10 key factors linked to successfully combining marriage and parenthood. The first four are: shared housework, satisfying marital intimacy, marital generosity, and date nights. Do you have these covered?
“Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Mt 2:11) Do you and your family support the Church or any charities financially? If you are not in a position to donate money, offer gifts to the Lord through your service to others.
“On the 10th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 10 Lords-a-Leaping.” Leap to each other’s needs today. “No honey, let me serve YOU.” Laugh over the silliness of each trying to “out serve” the other.
“On the 9th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 Ladies Dancing.” When’s the last time you and your spouse have danced impromptu in the living room? Try it today – and see if it doesn’t make you smile!
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” (Lk 2:19) It’s a new year – a chance to start over. What’s one change you’d like to make for the better? Tell your spouse. He/she can keep you honest and accountable.
As this year ends, reminisce about highlights from 2014 with your family. What made them most happy, sad, angry, and afraid? How do you want to grow as a family in 2015?
As the close of the year draws nigh, is there anything you need to ask your family, especially your spouse, to forgive you for? Are there any relatives you need to forgive?
When you meet at the end of your workday, connect with your spouse before beginning that evening’s chores and activities. Catch up on each other’s days, take a walk, say some prayers…fifteen minutes together can make a world of difference.
Today we celebrate the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary and Jesus. They are powerful intercessors for marriages and families! Pray to them today, and consider placing an image of the Holy Family in your home.
The Christmas season can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones, feel alone, have no children, etc. Can you reach out today to someone and share the joy of Christmas with them?
Don’t put away your Christmas decorations yet! Remember that Christmas isn’t just a day, but a whole season. So keep singing those Christmas carols and rejoicing in the birth of Our Lord.
Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given. Rejoice with your family today at the best gift the world has ever received, Jesus Christ our Savior. Alleluia!
The prayer from the Christmas novena to St. Andrew is perfect for today, especially at Midnight Mass: “Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold.” Into darkness and cold comes the true Light […]
During the upcoming Christmas season many travel to be with family. If you’re traveling or receiving visitors this Christmas, remember that it’s not just about presents but presence with others.
As we wait for Christmas, it’s a good time to develop the virtue of patience. Focus on being patient today, especially with your family members. Offer up the frustrations that come from things not going the way you had planned.
“For nothing will be impossible for God.” (Lk 1:37) Christ became man to save us. Do not doubt that He can work wonders for and through you.
The intensity of this time right before Christmas can be fun but also draining. When you feel stressed, keep repeating the mantra, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” If you keep this in mind, what’s important and what isn’t will sort itself out.
“I was a stranger and you made me welcome.” (Mt. 25:38) Who is the last stranger who visited your home? How would you rate your family’s hospitality? Who will be the next guest?
Walk or drive around your neighborhood and look at the Christmas lights. How has your spouse been a light when you were going through a dark time?
The “O Antiphons” begin today, best known from the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Today’s is “O Wisdom of our God Most High.” Find them all on the USCCB website (search “Advent”) and pray them as a family this week to prepare for Christ’s birth.
Reconciliation is crucial in every marriage. Does your parish have an Advent Penance Service? Make plans to receive the Sacrament of Penance as a family before Christmas.
“The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son.” (Lk 1:57) Elizabeth waited a long time to have a child. Do you know anyone hoping to have a child? Pray for them. God willing, their time will come. If not, may they be mothers and fathers in other […]