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In conversation, what’s the difference between being quiet and listening and? Listening takes effort to really understand your beloved. Being quiet may just mean you’re waiting for a pause to get your own thoughts in.
Happily married couples often say they married their best friend. What are the qualities of friendship that you value? Loyalty? Sense of humor? Similar interests? A pleasing personality? Thank your spouse for being a good friend.
Have you ever tried a “tech fast”? For one day resolve not to use any technology – no TV, computer, cell phone, iPod, etc. Use the time you save to pray and to be present to your family.
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” (Mk 9:7) We do not always want to listen to what we are told. Listen carefully to others, especially your spouse – Christ might be speaking to you through their words!
How are you doing with your Lenten resolutions? Keeping them can be easier if you and your spouse hold each other accountable.
If one must choose the hardest stage of parenthood, it might be the teen years. They’re too big to carry to their room but too young to always make good decisions. Assure your teen that you will always love them – no matter what.
Perhaps you’ve avoided the flu so far. Sooner or later, however, one of you will feel under the weather. How does your beloved like to be cared for? Lots of attention or “Just leave me alone, honey.” Give what he/she needs, not what you would have liked.
“We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.” (Henry David Thoreau) Do you consider yourself richer or poorer than average? During this Lent, is there a want that you can let go of?
Did you resolve to pray more during Lent? End each evening by praying together, thanking God for your spouse and the blessings of the day.
One way to sacrifice in Lent is to take stock of what you have but do not need. What can you give up so that others may benefit? Start with your own closet and see if it catches on in your family.
“He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” (Mk 1:13) There are many temptations that surround us daily. When faced with an evil temptation, turn to God and He will lead. Encourage your spouse to also avoid temptation.
The devil tempted Jesus with food, power, glory, and safety. (Lk 4:1-13) What is the greatest temptation to your marriage? Overwork? Inattentiveness? Sports? Technology? Worry about finances, the kids, security? Face it together.
During Lent, Christians reflect on Jesus’s 40 days in the desert. Deserts are lonely places where we have to face ourselves, flaws and all. Give each other some quiet personal time to ponder this mystery today.
Lent is a time to take stock of our lives. It’s a great time to go to confession. Schedule a time for confession on your calendar – today. Even better, try to go together with your spouse and children.
Today we begin the penitential season of Lent. As you reflect on what personal penitential practice you might take on during Lent, also consider if there is something that you’d like to do as a team. Pray together, fast from sweets, no complaining…
Today is Mardi Gras – the feast before the fast. There are times of feasting and fasting in marriage also. What’s your favorite way to celebrate good times in your marriage? Can you surprise your honey with a treat today?
Who is your favorite President and why? Discuss with each other what heroic quality caused you to make your choice. How is your beloved heroic?
“A leper came to him…and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mk 1:40) Have you allowed God to clean you, and to heal your wounds? Be not afraid to come before Him.
Merchants make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Flowers, chocolate, and cards are nice, but often a moneyless gift from the heart can be more precious. Be creative. Surprise each other. You can still do chocolate!
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Have you thought about how you can go out of your way to show your spouse that you love them? Pray to St. Valentine for some inspiration!
Laughter is one of the best stress reducers. Spouses can do this for each other by bringing a little comic relief when your beloved feels overworked or stressed out. You don’t have to be laugh-out-loud funny, just your usual corny self.
Marriage is not just a private affair, but a way for your love to impact the world. Just as Jesus told Simon to “put out into deep water…for a catch” (Lk 5:4), find a way to multiply your love through serving others today.
Midpoint of National Marriage Week: tell your spouse three things you appreciate about him or her.
How do you handle travel in your marriage? When one of you travels and the other stays home, how do you connect during your separation? Sharing stories of your time away from each other can be one of the sweetest ways to reconnect.
“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” (Mk 1:35) Where and when is the best time for you to pray? In your room? In a chapel? Outside? In the morning? Before bed? Discuss with your spouse and encourage each other to pray daily.