Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Do you know a childhood disappointment of your beloved? A goal or dream that was never achieved? If not, ask. Console. Maybe it’s not too late.
Are you an empty-nest parent? Dennis and Mary Jo found themselves at that stage of life recently. Dennis writes that the best gift he can give his children now is praying for them.
What is your role in marital disputes – the problem solver, peacemaker, challenger? Are you satisfied with how you solve disagreements? If not, it’s easy to get helpful ideas from For Your Marriage.
Gifts on birthdays and Christmas are fine, but a surprise trinket/flowers may be even more delightful.
How do you use the “waiting” times of your life? Waiting for your spouse to get ready? Waiting at the doctor’s office, red lights, or check-out lanes? Use these times to pray rather than getting impatient.
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.” (Mk 9:37) Your children are God’s gift to you, and loving them is a way to serve the Lord. Receive them into your marriage and show them Christ’s love.
Fighting Fair Tip: Pick a good time. That probably means not when one spouse is about to leave the house or just getting home from work. Sleep deprived or frantically busy spouses don’t make receptive listeners either. When is a good time for you?
“Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” (Phil 2:3) Humility is a great asset in marriage, seeking to serve rather than be served. Open your heart to the needs of your spouse.
What does it mean to live one’s faith today? Tim uses the story of a sledding adventure to illustrate the adventure of wholeheartedly trusting in God.
“Have no anxiety at all…if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phil 4:6-8) What do you feel anxious about today? Sharing it can lessen its power. Praying helps, too!
In this concluding address to his series on the family, Pope Francis emphasized the family’s importance for the whole world: God’s promise is still and always valid.
What’s your spouse’s favorite flower or snack? Surprise her/him with it.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary knew sadness, loss, and hardship. Ask her for help today to bear your trials bravely.
Lift high the Cross! Do you have a crucifix in a prominent place in your home? Seeing Jesus’ sacrifice is a great reminder of the love spouses are called to every day.
“You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” (Mk 8:33) We are not always capable of understanding the way in which God works. But we must always trust and remain faithful to Him, despite our lack of understanding. He will not lead us astray.
Christ died for us. Spouses give their lives daily for each other, and parents for their children. Your sacrifices are worthwhile!
Speaking to a lay movement of married couples and priests, Pope Francis exhorted families to be missionaries and to model a vibrant marital spirituality.
Does your beloved need to hear words of love or apology from you? Don’t put it off – do it today.
Over the years spouses learn little tricks to make life together work more smoothly. Are there any adjustments you’ve decided to make to accommodate your beloved’s idiosyncrasies, like timing, temperature, eating, or sleeping preferences?
Families should feel at home in the Church, and the Church should feel like a family, said Pope Francis at his weekly general audience.
What’s your shopping personality? – In and out as quickly as possible; shopping as recreation; never met a bargain I didn’t like; a research project? If you have different shopping styles, how do you reconcile your differences?
Pope Francis outlined significant changes to the declaration of nullity (annulment) process in the Church.
Happy birthday, Mary! Honor Our Lady in your home today: pray the Rosary together, sing a Marian hymn, or read a book together about Mary.
“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy”. On this Labor Day, use a labor-saving device (washer, microwave, car, blender, etc.) to save some time and do something playful with your honey.
“He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and [the] mute speak.” (Mk 7:37) Christ works great wonders every day. Share with your spouse the wonders that Christ has worked for you today.