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Marriage, the Icon of God’s Love

In his April 2 audience, Pope Francis spoke about the sacrament of marriage and practical ways married couples can live their vocation to be a sign of God’s love.


April 4, 2014

Did you know that there are many married saints? If you’re not familiar with any, do some research. You might start with reading about St. Thomas More, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and St. Gianna Molla.


April 3, 2014

Parents-in-law can be a great support both practically and emotionally to a young married couple, but the negative jokes and stereotypes about in-laws aren’t created out of thin air. If there’s in-law tension in your marriage, talk about boundaries and always treat your spouse’s parents with respect.


April 2, 2014

Pope Francis asked married couples: “How are things when it comes to joy at home? Is there joy in your family?” How would you answer the Pope? He said that true joy “comes from a profound harmony between persons.”


Conscious Uncoupling vs. The Joy of “Yes” Forever

Is lifelong married love possible? Proponents of “conscious uncoupling” say no, but Pope Francis says a resounding “yes!”


April 1, 2014

Do you like April Fools’ Day pranks…or do they unsettle you? Learning your own temperament, and that of your spouse, can help avoid behaving in a way that’s natural to you but that bothers your spouse. It can also be an opportunity for both of you to grow.


It Is Well: Life in the Storm

In his memoir about his wife’s death to cancer at the age of 32, Chris Faddis provides an intimate glimpse of loss, faith, despair and hope.


March 31, 2014

Lent is a time of penance and purification but we needn’t walk around with sour faces. Do something foolish on April Fools Day tomorrow. Healthy families laugh together. Does your family have any running jokes?


A Marriage Health Checkup

Caring for your health requires a good diet, exercise, and a yearly check-up. So does caring for your marriage. Dennis reflects on ways to keep his marriage healthy.


March 30, 2014

“Not as man does God see…the Lord looks into the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7) Do you look into your spouse’s heart? Do you let them look into yours? Cherish the opportunity to go beyond appearances with the one you love.


March 29, 2014

Marriage is easier if both of you are of the same faith and relatively equal devoutness. Still, inter-religious couples sometimes are pulled into deeper understanding of their faith when explaining it to their beloved and learning about another religion. Praying at home is often unifying.


March 28, 2014

Although hopefully your beloved is either handsome or beautiful to you, many men and women are dissatisfied with their body – it’s too heavy, too thin, too old, too weak. Although love shouldn’t depend on being a hunk or sexy, taking care of oneself is a gift to your spouse.


March 28, 2014

Although hopefully your beloved is either handsome or beautiful to you, many men and women are dissatisfied with their body – it’s too heavy, too thin, too old, too weak. Although love shouldn’t depend on being a hunk or sexy, taking care of oneself is a gift to your spouse.


March 27, 2014

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Do you need to ask forgiveness from your spouse? Maybe you need to offer it. If there’s nothing recent to forgive, forgive someone you’ve been holding a grudge against. You’ll be more pleasant to be around.


March 26, 2014

Are you, or someone you know, in a troubled marriage? You don’t have to live with the pain; there are people to help you work toward a better marriage. Many couples have worked their way back to satisfying and stronger marriages, but it is work. Check out The Third Option or Retrouvaille for starters.


March 25, 2014

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 […]


March 24, 2014

“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?


Parenting the “Now More Than Ever” Teen

Josh and Stacey’s son Oscar is now a teenager and is stretching their parenting skills to a new, untested level. This stage is challenging, but is helping them all grow.


March 23, 2014

“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 […]


March 22, 2014

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.


March 21, 2014

“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.


God’s Masterpiece of Creation

In a daily homily, Pope Francis spoke about the beauty of Christian marriage and the Church’s need to accompany – to walk with – those who have experienced failure in marriage.


March 20, 2014

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.


March 19, 2014

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.


66 Years of Marriage, Death 39 Hours Apart

Read about one couple’s beautiful witness to lifelong married love.


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