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Stacey shares how she and Josh take time to engage in their own fun activities to help restore their energy and motivation in their daily lives.
Laughter is one of the best stress reducers. Spouses can do this for each other by bringing a little comic relief when your beloved feels overworked or stressed out. You don’t have to be laugh-out-loud funny, just your usual corny self.
Marriage is not just a private affair, but a way for your love to impact the world. Just as Jesus told Simon to “put out into deep water…for a catch” (Lk 5:4), find a way to multiply your love through serving others today.
Midpoint of National Marriage Week: tell your spouse three things you appreciate about him or her.
How do you handle travel in your marriage? When one of you travels and the other stays home, how do you connect during your separation? Sharing stories of your time away from each other can be one of the sweetest ways to reconnect.
“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” (Mk 1:35) Where and when is the best time for you to pray? In your room? In a chapel? Outside? In the morning? Before bed? Discuss with your spouse and encourage each other to pray daily.
Today is the start of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14). What is the best part about being married? Have you talked to your kids about the beauty of marriage?
Humor can lighten a stressful situation in life. Look for an opportunity today to lighten your beloved’s life with a touch of humor. Poke fun at yourself, or exaggerate a frustrating situation to the point of levity.
Pope Francis continues his reflections on fatherhood by now speaking of the great vocation that Christian fathers are called to.
Donna reflects on how Ordinary Time gives the life of the Church, and the life of a married couple, the opportunity to enjoy a period of peace and to grow spiritually.
In marriage, arguments are seldom black and white, “I’m right and you’re wrong.” Look for the golden mean when you’re on opposite sides.
(Reader’s Tip) When you and your spouse have an argument, remember that the goal is not to “win.” The two of you are on the same team, fighting for your marriage, not one another.
Pope Francis spoke with the Bishops of Lithuania about threats to the family and the Church’s commitment to families.
National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) is a great time to support marriage! Here are some resources that can help, including a seven day virtual retreat.
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child…when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.” (1 Cor 13:11) Reminisce about your respective childhoods. Name one childhood trait that serves you well and one childish trait that stresses your marriage.
A great read in preparation for the 2015 Ordinary Synod on the Family! The interview format features highly relevant Q&As with the Cardinal responsible for the Vatican’s doctrine office.
Every person experiences a time when they understand the prophesy that Simeon said to Mary, “And a sword will pierce your own soul also.” (Luke 2:34) Do you know someone who needs consoling? Are you that person today?
“Love is a decision” is a maxim from the Marriage Encounter (ME) movement. As wonderful as marriage can be, it’s not always lived on an emotional high. Some days, we must just decide to love. The feelings will eventually follow.
St. John Bosco is the patron saint of young people. If you are raising adolescents and teens, ask this kindly saint for wisdom…and a healthy sense of humor!
”A life lived in relationship with one another and with God will most certainly have its ups and downs, highs and lows.” Dennis reflects on how necessary it is to take time to reflect on our ups and downs in life in order to see where God is present in our lives.
(Reader’s Tip) Every night we ask each other forgiveness for the things we didn’t appreciate or for the things we did wrong or if we’ve offended each other.
Fathers, do you play with your kids? Pope Francis encourages all fathers to be present in their children’s lives.
“If one part [of the body] is honored, all the parts share its joy.” (1 Corinthians 12:26) What about your beloved’s physical appearance do you find especially attractive? Share that with him or her.
A recent study suggests that men’s use of pornography can not only threaten an already existing marriage but might also be lessening their likelihood of marrying at all.
Perhaps your children are grown and it’s just the two of you again. Has your attention to each other grown stale or routine? Take up a new hobby, sport, or volunteer effort together.