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St. Patrick was a missionary. Your family is called to be missionary, too! Invite another family (or someone without a family) to join you for one of the Holy Week liturgies.
Lenten check-in, week 6: Lent is coming to a close. For the last two weeks of Lent, incorporate a daily self-sacrifice that you can make for your family.
Look for ways to break down routine “ruts”. Ask your spouse how his or her day was, with different questions such as “What was the most interesting thing you did today? Who did you talk with?” etc.
There aren’t too many ways to say I love you! Leave a note for your spouse in his or her lunch box or briefcase/purse as a reminder of how much you love him or her.
“For I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink” (Is 43:20). God provides for all of our needs; do you trust Him to do so for your family or do you rely on your own merits and work?
Tonight, gather your family to say a special prayer for your family’s continued growth, strengthening, and trust in God.
“I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to a family with faces full of makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion.” – Pope Francis
Love is humble, and humility acknowledges that we are not perfect. Take the time to ask for forgiveness from your spouse if you have hurt him or her.
Lenten check-in, week 5: Is service a part of your Lent? It’s not too late! Make this Saturday a day of service with your family, even if it’s something small.
Add something to your morning routine that makes leaving for work a little extra special. Maybe a breakfast treat or extra prayers together.
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity loved God more than life itself. Share an experience with your spouse of when your faith called you to die to yourself.
“Whoever is in Christ is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). The Sacrament of Confession is a wonderful gift in which God offers us the opportunity to be made new. Consider going with your family this week.
Make your spouse’s favorite dinner tonight – just to celebrate how much they mean to you.
Studies show that arguing/fighting is helpful for the growth of a couple when both persons feel understood. Keep a listening ear open when disagreements arise, and be gentle.
“Love is not easy, it is not easy, but the most beautiful thing is when a man and a woman can offer each other true love and offer it for life.” – Pope Francis
Lenten check-in, week 4: We are half-way through Lent. Use this milestone as the opportunity to encourage your family to approach your Lenten resolutions with renewed vigor.
Not all impulses are bad! Next time you have a good impulse to be affectionate to your spouse, act on it, even if it’s something small!
Start the day off right—plan a breakfast date this week or wake up early to surprise your spouse with breakfast in bed.
“Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.” (1 Cor 10:12) We can find many sources of security in our lives: God, family, money, jobs, etc. What makes you feel most secure? Is it truly reliable? Talk with your spouse about it.
Humor is often the best medicine. Learning to laugh and not taking ourselves too seriously can make life more enjoyable for us and our family.
Love is not proud. Be the first to extend the olive branch when disagreements arise.
On Fridays in Lent, we abstain from meat. Try abstaining from hurtful comments as well.
Lenten check-in, week 3: How are your Lenten resolutions deepening your relationship with God and family? Ask everyone to share the fruit of their Lenten journey so far.
Consider doing a “feet-up”: when your spouse gets home from work, have them put their feet up and relax, and do their usual evening chores for them.
“Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.” (Gn 15:6). Placing our faith in God is not easy and requires us to relinquish our own wills to His. What is an example of how you trusted God? Talk with your spouse about the peace that accompanied […]