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“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.” (Lk 16:10) Build your family’s trust by being a person of your word, even in small things.
Marriage is a vocation: a call from God and a path to holiness. It is not a distraction from the spiritual life but the place where a spouse’s relationship with God takes shape.
“Committing oneself exclusively and definitively to another person always involves a risk and a bold gamble.” – Pope Francis. The grace of God gives us strength for lifelong commitment!
Joy and sorrow can be found together, through the grace of God. Ask for Mary’s help; she knew great sorrow but stayed close to Jesus.
Married couples are a reminder of Christ’s gift of love on the Cross (St. John Paul II). Lord Jesus, help all families carry their crosses joyfully today!
In moments of tension, think back to your “first love” with your spouse: your wedding day, honeymoon, times of joy. It can help put things in perspective.
Pope Francis encourages parents to “waste time” with their children. The same could apply to spouses, too! “Waste time” today with your family.
“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” (Lk 15:6) Every family has its “lost sheep.” Pray today for estranged loved ones to make their way back to the fold, and for the charity to rejoice at their every step closer to God.
Pope Francis calls “I’m sorry” one of the magic words of marriage. Be quick to offer these healing words when you harm your spouse or children, no matter how small the offense.
Generosity does not mean never saying “no.” Boundaries are important in every relationship. If you feel stretched too thin, check your priorities and pray for guidance in when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”
Happy birthday, Mary! Pray the Rosary – or even just a decade – with your family today in honor of Our Lady’s birth.
Keeping a journal is a great way to record God’s providence in your family’s life. Even writing a paragraph or two each night will become something wonderful to look back on.
“Unless you become like a child…” Children are wonderful at being absorbed in the present moment. Try to imitate their whole-hearted attention to the present today.
This Labor Day, pray for families dealing with unemployment or underemployment. If possible, help a family who is facing this trial.
“For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.” (Wis 9:14) How true this can ring for married couples at times! Pray to the Holy Spirit when you feel “timid” and “unsure” and ask for the Lord’s guidance.
If you are praying for someone, let them know! “I’m praying for you” (sincerely meant) is a wonderful gesture of kindness. This includes your spouse and children.
Many people are back in school now. The family is a school of love; look for opportunities every day to learn a little more how to love.
Have you tried this lately? Replace the word “love” in 1 Cor 13 with your name for a “litmus test” of where you need to grow: “John is patient, Mary is kind….” etc.
Time spent with your spouse is precious! Try to be truly present to him/her by detaching from social media and other technologies as much as possible.
Does your spouse have a favorite food or dessert? Make it for him/her this week. Why? Simply because you want to show your love.
True love between spouses, which images Christ’s love for the Church, inspires husbands and wives to continually seek each other out for advice, affection, and affirmation. Encourage your spouse today and remind him/her that you are there no matter what!
“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” (Lk 14:1, 7-14). Jesus reminds us that we ought to reach out to all people within our local communities. Consider inviting a new person to your dinner table this week.
St. Monica never ceased praying for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine. May all mothers mirror St. Monica and continue to courageously pray for their children, no matter what.
Enjoy dancing? Look up instructional videos on YouTube or consider taking lessons with your spouse. Plus, it’s great exercise!
Are you and your spouse struggling to pray together? Check out the For Your Marriage article “How to Pray with your spouse: 4 simple steps” for tips: http://www.foryourmarriage.org/how-to-pray-with-your-spouse-four-simple-steps/