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In a message to the Philippine Bishops and all of those at the Asian Conference on the Family, Pope Francis recalls the importance of the family in society as it serves as the basis of society and human relationships.
Let fire reignite your love. Try a candlelit dinner, sitting in front of a fireplace, or light the house with candles. Be creative. Don’t forget to talk.
“It takes a certain quantity of time to catch the quality times. The time it takes to listen to a child’s worry may take less than a minute. Being there when the worry comes up may involve an entire day of just being around.” (Susan Vogt) Same goes for spouses.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” says Jesus. (Jn 14:1) What causes your heart to be troubled? What causes your spouse’s heart to be troubled? Share your troubles with each other. Then give them to Jesus and pray for peace in your marriage and in your home.
Save time at the end of each day to share the highs and lows of your day with each other. Go beyond “just the facts” to how it made you feel.
“Have you anything here to eat?” (Lk 24:41) Eating together is not just about food but the nourishment of each other’s company. What’s your favorite way of dining – fast food, meat and potatoes, vegetarian, restaurant, picnics, candlelit at home…? Try it tonight.
Marriage can be the source of great joy but sometimes this joy comes from unexpected places. Donna finds this out when caring for Tim and an unpleasant toothache.
The Church remembers St. Isidore today, a farmer. Growing food together can be a meaningful activity for a family – shared labor, shared rewards. Start small, with a potted herb or a few plants in the backyard.
Explore what made your beloved the person he/she is. What traits did he get from his parents? Who was the most influential person in your spouse’s life during childhood? Ask. Share.
Could watching movies help prevent divorce? A recent study shows the positive effects that discussing the relationships that are portrayed in film can have on one’s own relationship.
Make the extra effort. Husbands, it’s tempting to forego those dating niceties. Opening her door, pulling out her chair, walking on the curb side may seem old fashioned, but it’s a simple way to treat your wife like a queen.
Moses had his relatives; Jesus had the apostles; even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Do you have a community of friends and relatives who can back you up, and support you in your marriage and parenting? Look for friends who share your values.
“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly,” says Jesus. (Jn 10:10) Mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and spiritual mothers: how can you help those entrusted to your care experience abundant life?
A trip down memory lane: Recall the first full day of your marriage. Did you go on a honeymoon? Was it exhilarating or exhausting? Remember your first home together. What did you like best about it? Are you still in it? Reminisce together.
Are you and your spouse fit and healthy? Good. Some, however, know they should exercise or eat more nutritiously but procrastinate. Encourage each other. Exercise together or give the other time to do it in his/her own way. Don’t nag, just make it pleasant.
Playfulness brings joy to a marriage, but some of us are very serious people. If you’re not the naturally playful type you may have to fake it. Even if you stumble you can laugh together at your awkward attempts.
How do you stay close when one of you is away – on a business trip, deployed, off with the guys or gals? Consider calling or e-mailing daily. Skype a good night kiss. Pray for each other and let the other know when you did it. What do you do that helps?
Sara shares seven tips for brides-to-be (and grooms-to-be) as she and Anthony approach their July wedding.
“Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1Jn 3:18) Saying “I love you” is good. Being true to your words is better. Showing your love by doing something nice or sacrificing for your beloved is true love. What act of love can you do today?
“We measure every policy, every institution, and every action by whether it protects human life and enhances human dignity, especially for the poor and vulnerable.” (Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, 1998) How does the way you treat your spouse and children respect their dignity?
Stay with us,” they implored Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They sensed something special about him, something they needed. Married couples too need Jesus’ presence. Have you asked him lately, “Stay with us. Come into our home”? If not, try it today.
May 5-11 is “Screen-Free Week”. Ask your family if they are up to the challenge of non-screen based entertainment for a week? If you don’t want to go cold turkey, perhaps make a commitment to only watch shows the whole family can watch together.
May is traditionally a month dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Consider praying a rosary today, or even just a decade, and entrusting your spouse and family to Mary’s maternal care.
In our book-of-the-month for May, Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss offer daily spiritual exercises to busy mothers who feel like they don’t have time to pray.
Today we celebrate St. Joseph the Worker. Jesus worked together with his foster father for many years. Working together with your children can teach them diligence and perseverance, in addition to a skill. It’s great bonding time, too. Try it.