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“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.
Make the extra effort. Wives, it’s tempting to forego those dating niceties, but at times dress up for your honey (an attractive dress, heels, makeup). If you dress professionally for work, wear something beautiful on your date.
“A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11) In today’s world time is often our most precious commodity. It reflects your priorities. When you give time and attention to your beloved, it’s like laying down your life for the other. Save time for each other today.
In an address to South African bishops, Pope Francis stressed the difficulties surrounding Christian marriage and family life and encouraged authentic witness to the truth of marriage.
Is social media helpful to relationships or harmful? This article looks more deeply into the effect social media is having on relationships today and our ability to communicate with others.
Mary Jo writes about a Lenten exercise her family tried this year – the “Lenten Family Unity Circle” – and how it was unexpectedly fruitful for all.
Imagine you are absolutely broke. (Maybe you are.) What could you and your beloved do for a fun date? Walk? Bike? Read? Watch the stars? Play a game? Could this weekend be a time to experiment?
Today the Church rejoices in two new saints: Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II. Both lived recently enough that you may have memories of them. Talk with your spouse and children about what these two Popes mean to you.
You’ve heard of “Take your child to work day,” but what about “Take your spouse to work day”? Your spouse doesn’t need to take a day off work to join you, but does your beloved know enough about your work environment to understand your stresses? Does your spouse know your colleagues?
No matter how much better one spouse may be than the other at home decorating, it’s wise to let the artistically challenged one make a few of the decor decisions. After all, it’s your home together, and shared input is important.
Is your marriage going through a rocky spell? It’s tempting to blame it on a stressful job, the kids, or getting older. All of these things can stress a marriage, but not necessarily kill it. To find the underlying cause most couples need help. Don’t be afraid to ask for it.
Where did all the flowers and magic go? Infatuation may get a couple together but eventually fades and romance alone will not keep you together over the long haul. Common values, commitment to each other, and shared experiences are the glue.
Of all the many rights of children, Pope Francis emphasized their right to grow up in a family with both a mother and a father as he spoke to the International Catholic Child Bureau.
Stacey reflects on ways that her marriage informs her Christian life of discipleship.
Praying the Rosary together, as a family, is very beautiful and a source of great strength!” (Pope Francis) Do you pray the rosary as a family? Try it!
Reminder: Easter lasts for 50 days! (Lent was only 40.) A lesson that joy will have the last word. How can you and your spouse practice being joyful this Easter season?
Christ is risen! Celebrate new life today. Recall a hardship in your marriage that is now history. Rejoice that you’ve weathered it together. Remember this, and Jesus’ Resurrection, in future tough times.
Today, as we mourn Christ’s death and await Easter morning, remember those who grieve. Perhaps it is your own family. Share in each other’s grief to make the burden lighter.
“Spouses are therefore the permanent reminder to the Church of what happened on the Cross.” (Bl. John Paul II) Powerful. As a sacrament, marriage shows to the world the love Christ has for His Church – love that took Him to the Cross. Pray to live this love in your own marriage.