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Now that the weather is warming up, plan a picnic! It’s a great way to spend some quality time together. Make it a just-for-two date or bring the whole family.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin Keep conversation light by laughing at your spouse’s jokes. And say some too!
When conflicts arise, use open-ended questions that allow your spouse to voice his/her feelings and opinions honestly. Avoid asking questions in a demanding tone.
Write a poem to your spouse. Even if you are not creative, you can write it with love!
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing” (Rev 5:12). How can your family give God honor and glory? Offer up your Sunday for His glory.
Instead of pointing out faults you see in your spouse, offer ways for improvement. When your spouse does this, be open to his/her feedback.
Organize a sport or game night and invite your friends. Friendly competition can be a great way to spend time with differing personalities.
Add an extra prayer to your daily routine, asking God to bless your spouse’s day.
Consider going the extra mile to spend time with a family member your spouse wants to visit.
Thank your spouse for the lifelong journey he/she chose to take with you – just because.
Communication is an area where there can always be improvement. Talk with your spouse about ways you can communicate better or times when you don’t feel “heard.”
“The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” (Jn 20:20b). Jesus is present in your spouse. Rejoice when you see him/her!
If something does not go well in a conversation, or a comment falls through the cracks, ask your spouse for clarification. Avoid assumptions that attribute negative motives to your spouse.
Some people like surprises and some people don’t. What does your spouse prefer? Be playful today, while being respectful of their preferences.
Spring is starting to show! Make the effort to get some extra rays of sunshine with your spouse – it betters your mood and is a simple pleasure.
Visit an elderly family member or someone who does not get out as much and bring your family and the joy of Easter, too.
This Easter season, focus on good habits, such as going to Mass during the week, laughing more, and finding ways to be charitable. There is always room to grow.
After forty days of fasting and penance, celebrate the Easter season with your family! Fix a favorite dinner, eat a special dessert, or have a date night. And remember: Easter lasts for fifty days!
“Think of what is above, not of what is on earth” (Col 3:2). Today we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, who redeemed us and opened the gates to Eternal Life! Celebrate the journey to Heaven you are on with your spouse.
In the midst of preparation for tomorrow’s celebration, set aside some time to pray with your spouse. Ask Jesus to open your hearts to the glory of His Resurrection.
Christ loved us to the point of death, even death on a cross. In Christian marriage, spouses are called to love each other as Christ loves the Church.
At the Last Supper, Christ washed the feet of the apostles. What is one way you can “wash the feet” of your spouse this week? (Meaning, be humble and serve him or her with a generous heart.)
Consider doing a closet clean-out: if you have clothes that you do not wear or wear often, donate them.
Gather your family to reflect on the Passion tonight. Take turns reading from the Gospel of John (Jn 19:17-34) and silently reflecting or sharing thoughts.
What are some things that make you stressed? Are you prioritizing them too highly? Talk with your spouse about them and seek detachment.