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In the midst of the penance and purple of Lent, a feast of such good news! “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,” the angel tells Mary. Couples who await their own “annunciation” bear a heavy burden. Pray for them today, and thank God for the gift of your children if […]
“In a family you don’t have to look very far to find your cross,” a father observes in Follow the Way of Love. Who in your family seems to have a mission to purify YOU today, to teach you patience, to challenge you? What cross do you bring to the others in your family?
“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Ps 95:8) Do you harden your heart against God…or against your spouse? Pray today for a tenderness of heart toward your beloved, even when he or she repeats an annoying habit. God has patience with us; it’s a great example of the patience spouses should […]
Share a childhood memory. Who was your best friend, or your favorite subject in school? What seemed like a crisis at the time but you were eventually able to overcome or forget? Talk it over.
“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn 12:24) Has anyone close to you died who has enriched your life? Loss is always hard, but having a spouse to share it with makes it bearable.
March 20 marks the Spring Equinox. With the beginning of spring our earth renews itself. Learn something new about your spouse today – no matter how long you’ve been married.
God spoke to St. Joseph through a dream supporting his marriage to Mary and later warning him not to go back to King Herod. Do you ever get ideas or insights from your dreams? Daydream about the future with your beloved today.
Married couples are the ministers of the Sacrament of Marriage. How do you minister to each other in your daily life? Don’t forget to pray for all the graces of your sacrament!
St. Patrick expressed the mystery of the Trinity through the symbol of the shamrock. Marriage is like that too – the unity of husband, wife, and God. Parenthood is another example of how 1 +1 = 3. How counterintuitive but true our faith is!
Just as Jesus was transfigured and appeared gloriously to Peter, James, and John (Mk 9: 2-10) so too love for your spouse can bring out the best in the other. Recall for a moment your wedding day and the wonder of seeing each other clothed in splendor.
Resist the urge to buy something new this week. Have each person in the family pick one possession to give away during Lent. Consider gently-used toys, books, or hand-me-downs that need to find a new home.
What’s your favorite prayer or scripture? Do you know what your spouse’s is? Why not say it together tonight?
Love is so much more than manners, but being chivalrous or kind can reignite a marriage that’s getting too dull. One husband makes a practice of leaping into the bathroom, Superman-style, with a towel to greet his wife after her shower. It may be silly but it’s still charming.
Are one or both of you retired? It can be a blessing and a challenge. There’s extra time but perhaps physical limitations are increasing. What do you like most about being retired? What do you like least?
“Then God delivered all these commandments.” (Exodus 20:1) Which commandment is most difficult for you? Are you too lenient or harsh on yourself? Sometimes a spouse can be a window into your soul, knowing you even better than you know yourself. Do you dare ask for his/her opinion?
Where is your church? Perhaps it’s closer than you think. A family is “the most basic way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us, and acts in the world. The early Church [called] the Christian family a domestic church or church of the home.” (Follow the Way of Love). Pray at home today.
“Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.” (Ps 51:3) On this first Sunday of Lent, make plans to go to confession as a family sometime during Lent. Frequenting the Sacrament of Penance is great practice for asking forgiveness from our spouse for the times we hurt them.
Lenten resolutions don’t have to be grim and tough. What about a secret resolve to romance your spouse for Lent? Seek out fun and creative ways to show how special he/she is to you.
In time married couples work out a division of labor between them. Usually it’s based on skills, interest, and time. Is there a job you dislike? Talk about it. Then try switching for a month.
It’s natural for couples to have different strengths. This division of labor can save time. Sometimes, however, it’s fun to teach each other a personal skill – like how to sew on a button or play a musical instrument. Teach each other something new today, and be patient!
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” What a sobering thought after the playfulness of Mardi Gras. Take time today to thank God for your spouse, realizing that your earthly time together won’t last forever.
Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is about more than decadence and parades. It’s a chance to let your lighter side play. If you’re the serious type, lighten up for a day. If you’re already lighter than air, take responsibility for humoring your spouse.
Lent is just a few days away. Have you spoken yet with your spouse about ideas to grow spiritually this Lent? Set aside time to do so today, and talk about how you can encourage each other.
“Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?” Jesus asks his disciples. (Mt 6:27) (The answer is “no.”) What do you get anxious about? Share it with your spouse. Pray together for the gift of peace.