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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.
“But you, O Lord, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me” (Ps 22:20). With your spouse, discern one area of your relationship where there is a lack of trust and make a conscientious effort to strengthen that area, with God as the foundation.
St. Joseph was obedient to God, even when the future was uncertain. This total abandonment to the Father’s will is challenging. Talk about decisions you have made that required this obedience. Maybe you’re being asked to trust right now.
What was the last thing you discovered about your spouse? Let them know that he/she is a wonder to love.
St. Patrick was a missionary. Your family is called to be missionary, too! Invite another family (or someone without a family) to join you for one of the Holy Week liturgies.
Lenten check-in, week 6: Lent is coming to a close. For the last two weeks of Lent, incorporate a daily self-sacrifice that you can make for your family.
Look for ways to break down routine “ruts”. Ask your spouse how his or her day was, with different questions such as “What was the most interesting thing you did today? Who did you talk with?” etc.
There aren’t too many ways to say I love you! Leave a note for your spouse in his or her lunch box or briefcase/purse as a reminder of how much you love him or her.
“For I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink” (Is 43:20). God provides for all of our needs; do you trust Him to do so for your family or do you rely on your own merits and work?
Tonight, gather your family to say a special prayer for your family’s continued growth, strengthening, and trust in God.
“I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to a family with faces full of makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion.” – Pope Francis