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September 29, 2018

Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the presence of the angels in our daily lives. Pray for their protection and guidance for your family.


September 28, 2017

“Not only do I love my son’s mother, I exalt her as a queen.” (Rosario Slack) Do your children hear how much you esteem your spouse? This goes both ways, for both husbands and wives.


September 28, 2017

“Not only do I love my son’s mother, I exalt her as a queen.” (Rosario Slack) Do your children hear how much you esteem your spouse? This goes both ways, for both husbands and wives.


September 27, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Fall more in love every day. Don’t ever let the romance stop. Buy flowers often.


September 26, 2017

“What were you arguing about?…If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last.” (Mk 9:33, 35) This teaching of Jesus parallels the perennial marital argument about who is right. Arguments can often be shortened if you can give up the need to be right – every time.


September 25, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) The best advice I was given at our wedding was, “Your children will learn how to love not by the love you show them but by the love you show each other.”


September 24, 2017

“Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Mt 20:16) In order for your marriage to be first, you must often put yourself last. In what areas of your life are you putting yourself before your marriage in a way that is detrimental to your spouse and family?


September 23, 2017

“I wish to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others.” (Pope Benedict XVI) Choose a person today to lavish love on who may not appear to deserve it.


September 22, 2017

Don’t complain about anyone or anything today, even if it’s legitimate. A non-complaining/whining spouse is nicer to be around. Maybe you can hold off complaining for two days…


September 20, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) 50% of a marriage is finding the right person. The other 50% is being the right person.


September 19, 2017

“He is near who upholds my right…let us appear together.” (Isaiah 50:7-8) When was the last time you came to the defense of your beloved? It’s nice to know you support each other always.


September 18, 2017

“Who do people say that I am?” (Mk 8:27) Just as our public persona does not always reflect our true self, spouses are privy to the hidden truth/weaknesses of each other. What do you know about your beloved that perhaps no one else does? Honor this privileged information.


September 17, 2017

“Peter approached Jesus and asked him, ‘Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?’ Jesus answered, ‘I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.’” (Mt 18:21-22) Forgiving someone who has hurt you – even siblings, parents, a spouse – can be a long process. Today, pray for the grace […]


September 16, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Are your grown children starting to think about marriage? Pray that God will lead them to the right person. Encourage them to pray, too.


September 15, 2017

“Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28) You may not need this Scripture right now, but you’ll need it sometime. Hang on to these words of comfort when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Be Jesus’s comfort to your beloved.


September 14, 2017

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16) God’s love is a sacrificial love. Are you willing to make sacrifices for your beloved?


September 13, 2017

“The families of migrants, especially in the case of manual workers and farm workers, should be able to find a homeland everywhere in the church.” (Familiaris Consortio) Does your family know any migrants from another country? Find one or two and invite them to dinner.


September 12, 2017

“Even if we are not called to sell all that we have (Luke 18:22), we probably are called to not buy everything that it is possible to buy.” (Susan Vogt) What do you expect to spend money on today? Some items are essential but is there one purchase that you can skip?


September 11, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) My husband and I take turns planning our anniversary each year. Sometimes the plans are a total surprise to the other spouse, sometimes it’s a coordinated effort, but it’s always fun.


September 10, 2017

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:20) Did you gather in Jesus’ name today? Believe that Jesus is with you in every moment of your marriage. Ask for His help to know that He is always with you.


September 9, 2017

“Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith?” (James 2: 5) Do you know anyone who is really poor? Look around you. What can you learn of faith from those you see?


September 8, 2017

(Reader’s Tip from a couple married 80 years) You’ve got to give in (in disagreements). Both of you have to give in. Once it’s your turn and the next time it’s the other’s turn.


September 7, 2017

Children sometimes criticize and make fun of others; so do adults. Check yourself against these three criteria when criticizing your spouse (or anyone): Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? If not, it’s probably fault-finding or gossip.


September 6, 2017

An ache or a pain, an angst or an annoyance. What to do? Offer it up. This traditional spiritual practice of offering up our troubles as a prayer can redirect our energy from our own gloom to the good of another. For whom can you offer up today’s problems?


September 5, 2017

You can be right, or you can be happily married. Marriage often involves learning (or being told) when you are wrong. Humbly accepting this information when it is true strengthens your bond.


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