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April 9, 2015

Politeness and good manners are not just for adults and job interviews. Teach your children basic courtesy, greetings, and not to interrupt. It can make everyone’s life at home more peaceful. Model it with your spouse.

April 8, 2015

Chivalry and the art of politeness may seem out of vogue these days. A little romantic courtliness, however, can counter taking each other for granted. Just for fun, see who can “out-polite” the other.

Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Dating your spouse is crucial to a happy marriage. Gerald and Michelle, founders of Date to Door, explain why dating is so important and give advice for how to do it.

April 7, 2015

Many married couples’ lives are hectic. Take a rest break today. Yes, you may have responsibilities, but if you can’t find time to rest today, commit to doing it some day this week. Rest in each other’s arms for a moment, or an hour.

April 6, 2015

The written word often carries more weight than talking, perhaps because it takes more effort and there is a record of the words. Why not write a love poem or limerick for your beloved? Not a writer? Search the Internet for a poem that reflects your feelings.

April 5, 2015

He is risen! Alleluia! Today on this most holy of days, celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus with your family: a special meal, songs, prayers. Celebrate the freedom from sin and death we have in Jesus!

April 4, 2015

Holy Saturday is an “in-between day.” Jesus’s followers were grief-stricken and afraid. They did not yet know of the Resurrection. Ponder a time in your marriage when you were unsure and afraid of the future. Sometimes we just have to wait to understand.

April 3, 2015

Jesus’s love for us ultimately took the form of sacrificing His life for us on the Cross. What’s the hardest sacrifice you’ve ever made for your beloved? May the memory of this sacrifice unite you more closely to each other and God.

April 2, 2015

Holy Thursday is when we remember the institution of the Eucharist. “This is my Body; this is my Blood.” As Jesus gives His life for our nourishment, so spouses are called to give themselves to each other. What are you holding back? Take it to prayer.

April 1, 2015

Laughter, when shared, is a healing balm. Share jokes today. Does your family have any stories about family foibles that get repeated at family gatherings? It doesn’t matter that it’s embarrassing; it becomes family mythology!

March 31, 2015

Before Easter arrives, is there anything for which you need to ask your spouse’s forgiveness? Ask your spouse, and encourage him or her to do the same.

March 30, 2015

Email a love letter to your beloved today. It needn’t be long, but it can be romantic!

March 29, 2015

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mk 15:34) Have there been times when you have felt forsaken by God? Has he later proved his presence and love to you? Praise God for his love and presence in your life and marriage.

March 28, 2015

Let today be a “Change It Up” day. Often marriages get stale because they get into ruts. Change something today. It could be simple, like the food you eat, or more challenging, like a bad habit.

March 27, 2015

How do you respond in love when you’re angry with your spouse? It may require calling a “time out” on yourself. After you calm down a bit, you can talk about the issue more charitably.

March 26, 2015

How do you build trust in a marriage? It’s like a bank account – as you deposit honest deeds and words, trust builds up. It’s earned over time and grows. The same works for children who ask, “Don’t you trust me?” Remind them to make deposits now to build up trust.

March 25, 2015

She “shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us!’” (Is 7:14) In the midst of Lent, a reason for rejoicing! Whatever trial you are facing in your marriage or family, remember that God is with you always.

March 24, 2015

Think you know a lot about your faith? Don’t keep it to yourself. Consider teaching a religious education class. Ideally you could do this as a team. If that’s not possible, the support spouse can review the lesson plans and advise.

March 23, 2015

Have a “Remembering Night.” Remember the first time you saw each other, your first “date”, when you first realized he or she might be “the one”, and the night before your wedding. Share your feelings about each of these times.

March 22, 2015

“If [a grain of wheat] dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn 12:24) Death is hard: the death of a loved one, the death of dreams, and the daily dying to self. But Jesus promises that when united with Him, even death and suffering can be fruitful. Find comfort in His words today.

March 21, 2015

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” (John 8:7) One can’t be married without noticing the other’s faults. Knowing our own faults, however, can help us be more gentle toward our spouse.

March 20, 2015

Typically couples divide up work around the house according to time, skill, and interest. For a change of pace, try switching up jobs for a day. The work might not get done as efficiently, but you’ll learn a lot.

March 19, 2015

St. Joseph is the model for husbands and fathers. Men, pray to him today to be courageous, prayerful, and gentle leaders in your family.

March 18, 2015

So you’ve got a good marriage. Great! You’re not reading these tips because you’re in trouble but because you want to keep it strong. A good way to invest in the next generation of marriages is to volunteer to do marriage preparation with engaged couples.

March 17, 2015

St. Patrick is said to have used a shamrock as a symbol of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Your marriage, too, is an image of the Trinity! Your love shows God’s love to the world.

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