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Sometimes we can become irritable over small things. Next time this happens with your spouse, try taking a deep breath and responding with a “gentle love.”
Lenten check-in, week 2: How can your family incorporate a spirit of Lent into your home? Maybe an extra prayer at dinner or a service project together?
“I have now brought you the first fruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me.” (Dt 26:10) There are many demands in life and we can only give so much effort. Do you give your best to God and your spouse or do they get the time that is […]
“In the Our Father prayer we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ Married couples may also learn to pray, ‘Give us this day our daily love.’” – Pope Francis
Vulnerability is a great gift spouses give each other. When your spouse is vulnerable, be sure to be gentle. It takes courage and humility to trust someone with your deepest fears or hurts.
We pray today to Our Lady of Lourdes for those who are sick. Illness can take a toll on marriage and family life. If you are a caregiver, make sure to take care of yourself, too.
Walking around with ashes on our heads reminds us of our mortality and our need for God’s forgiveness. Don’t lose an opportunity to strengthen your marriage or seek reconciliation with a loved one.
Pornography can enter the home in a variety of ways, most often today through the Internet. Parents, be the guardians of your home and children. Know the risks, and take action. #cleanheart
Research suggests that couples need five affirmations to balance out one negative comment. Go above and beyond today – give your spouse ten, fifteen, twenty+ affirmations and kind words!
“Whatever villages…he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.” (Mk 6:56) Are there areas in your heart or in your family that need healing and reconciliation? Bring them to Christ.
Family prayer idea: family members take turns saying something they’re thankful for, sorry for, and need prayers for. Not only will you pray together, but you’ll learn what is on your loved one’s hearts.
In the everyday love of husband and wife, parents and children, the Christian family participates in the prophetic, priestly and kingly mission of Jesus. (See John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, 50) What a high calling!
Which temperament are you? What about your spouse and children? Learning about temperaments can aid with self-knowledge, communication, and empathy.
Have you gone on a date with your spouse recently? It doesn’t have to be fancy or super-creative, but scheduling dates affirms your desire to keep your relationship strong.
Mary and Joseph took Jesus “up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). All parents receive their children from the Lord and must “present” them back to Him, recognizing that ultimately they belong to God and find their identity in Him.
Lent starts in ten days! Discuss with your spouse about how you want to observe Lent this year, both individually and as a family.
“No prophet is accepted in his own native place.” (Lk 4:24) Sometimes the hardest place to evangelize and witness to Christ is within our own families. Even Jesus was misunderstood by those in his hometown. Pray today for the grace to share the truth in love even with your family members.
Balancing the budget tip: decide together on your long-term goals (house, education, retirement, etc.) and base your monthly budget around those. Keeping the big picture in mind helps make saving and scrimping easier.
Have a quick temper? Try counting to ten inside your head before saying something you’ll regret later. Taking a deep breath helps regain peace, too.
One of the spiritual works of mercy is “counsel the doubtful.” Is your spouse feeling doubtful or unsure about something, maybe work or a big decision? Take time to listen, understand and (if requested) offer advice.
Another practical way to help the poor this month: instead of eating out once, make a simple dinner together at home and send the money you saved to a local food pantry.
“The two dimensions of conjugal union, the unitive and the procreative, cannot be artificially separated without damaging the deepest truth of the conjugal act itself.” – St. John Paul II, Letter to Families, no. 12. The Church’s teaching on openness to life has everything to do with the very meaning of love and marriage; it […]
As we celebrate the dramatic conversion of St. Paul today, pray for family members who are in need of conversion. And of course we all need God’s grace to stay close to Him!
“God has so constructed the body…that there may be no division.” (1 Cor 12:24-25) The Church, and each family, is called to be united, without division. Is your family unified? Pray for reconciliation where division and lack of unity persist.
Do you know any engaged couples getting married this year? Send them a note to let them know you’re praying for them and looking forward to celebrating their wedding day with them.