Archive for ‘Daily Marriage Tip’
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a married saint, became a young widow when her husband died of the plague after only six years of marriage. Pray today for those who have lost a spouse, and look for ways to support them.
“Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:21) God is calling us to share in his joy through the sacrament of marriage. Don’t forget to share smiles and laughter with your spouse.
Colder weather brings us indoors. Do you have indoor hobbies to share with your spouse? Puzzles, board games, crafts, etc. Recreational time together builds friendship and intimacy.
Try this today: when you’re tempted to say something curt or not-so-nice to your spouse, instead smile, pause, and find something kind to say instead.
(Reader’s Tip) Use the phrase “Praised be Jesus Christ” as the first and last words of each day to your spouse and children.
(Reader’s Tip) I show my wife how much I love and appreciate her each day by lovingly waking her, making breakfast, and starting her car on cold mornings.
St. Martin of Tours gave half his cloak to a beggar, and dreamt that night that the beggar was Christ. Together with your family, do an act of mercy for someone today, knowing that you are serving Christ.
Hoping for a baby? For some couples pregnancy comes easily but for those eagerly waiting, it can be physically and emotionally draining. Natural Family Planning can help couples identify their most fertile days and Naprotechnology can address underlying medical issues.
What role does Mass play in your home? Do you and your spouse go to Mass together? Discuss why you go to Mass and what it means to each of you.
(Reader’s Tip) Embrace the Cross. Marriage, like any vocation, is a path to holiness, with its sorrows as well as joys.
Romance: repeat what works, but not too much. Some spouses love candlelight, flowers, or chocolate. Others love massages, fancy dinners, or words of love. Once you know, do it, but remember that surprises and breaking a pattern can be delightful.
November is National Adoption Month. Are you an adoptive parent, or do you know families who have adopted? Pray today for those awaiting the gift of adoption, as well as for mothers and fathers considering an adoption plan for their child.
(Reader’s Tip) Celebrate achievements that you know are important to your spouse. Let your kids know when and why you are proud of each other, especially when it is for things that might not be important to anyone else.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk 12:31) This presumes that you do indeed have a humble but honest self-love. Keep yourself healthy as a gift to your spouse. This includes exercising and not smoking or drinking excessively.
Parenting is a full time job but it doesn’t pay the bills. For many parents it’s difficult to decide whether or not to work outside the home. If you are not yet a parent, but hope to be, consider living on one income to make staying at home a viable choice.
“May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.” Take time today, on All Souls’ Day, to pray for your family’s beloved dead. Reminisce about their impact in your lives.
“We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1). On All Saint’s Day, ask a married saint to help you live your vocation well. Suggestions: St. Gianna Molla, St. Thomas More, or St. Rita of Cascia.
Halloween is a time when adults and kids get to play and pretend. If you could be any famous couple in history, who would it be? Why?
“Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” (Joanne Woodward) Think of a way to help your honey laugh today.
Nagging is hard on a marriage. Try patience and gentleness on the one hand, attentiveness and follow-through on the other.
Spouses needn’t know where each other is every hour of the day, but it’s nice to know each other’s daily routines. Pick a common time during the day to pause and hold each other in prayer for 10 seconds.
(Reader’s Tip) You do not have to like your spouse 100% of the time, but love them with all your heart.
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Mt 22:37) God is (and must be) at the center of each marriage. You can love and serve Him through your love and service to your spouse. How are you keeping God at the center […]
“Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.” (Mk 10:43) Just for fun see which of you can serve the other more today. Make a game out of it if you wish. “No, let me get the door, the snack, make dinner, etc.” “No, honey, you must let me do it.”
“Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” (Luke 2:48) Have you ever lost a child physically or emotionally (to mental illness, drugs, poor decisions)? Go to Mary. She understands.