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May 5, 2014

“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?


May 4, 2014

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 3, 2014

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 2, 2014

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.


Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray, and Act

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.


May 1, 2014

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.


April 30, 2014

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.


April 29, 2014

“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.


A Call to Witness to Christian Marriage

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.


Facebook and 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.


Family Strong

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.


April 28, 2014

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?


April 27, 2014

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.


April 26, 2014

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?


April 25, 2014

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.


April 24, 2014

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.


April 23, 2014

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.


Every Child has a Right to a Mother and a Father

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.


Marriage and the New Evangelization

Stacey reflects on ways that her marriage informs her Christian life of discipleship.


April 22, 2014

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!


April 21, 2014

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?


April 20, 2014

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.


April 19, 2014

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.


April 18, 2014

“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.


April 17, 2014

“As I have done for you, you should also do,” Jesus tells his disciples after washing their feet. (Jn 13:15) A tall order! Talk with your spouse about ways to “wash their feet” – do small, humble acts of service for each other.


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