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July 6, 2017

St. Maria Goretti was martyred for her fidelity to being pure for Christ. How can you purify your own heart? Pray for the grace to live out purity in your marriage.


Summer (Formation) Routines

Summertime is full of opportunities for adventure…and boredom. Stacey writes about the “formation routines” for her children in the summer months that help them grow in contemplation and responsibility.


July 5, 2017

Do you and your spouse want to connect when you’re apart? Set your phone/watch/computer to ring at an agreed-upon time. Then, even though separated, both pause for a moment, picture your spouse, and pray for each other.


July 4, 2017

How much independence is good in a marriage? Certainly husband and wife should not depend on the other for their identity or self-worth. Interdependence is better. What do you depend on your spouse to do around your home?


July 3, 2017

“As a matter of equality, your surplus at the present time should supply their needs.” (2 Cor 8:13-14) Considering your resources, find someone who has less today. Give them some of your surplus – money, time, or talent.


July 2, 2017

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Mt 10:39) Christian discipleship and Christian marriage involve laying down your life in love and service. How can you die to self today to better love your family?


Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood

Welcoming home a new baby is a joyful, although challenging, transition. With humor and honesty, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak offer practical and spiritual advice to new parents as they navigate through the earliest years of their child’s life.


July 1, 2017

St. Junipero Serra is the patron of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Pray today that your children and godchildren will discern and accept God’s will for their lives.


June 30, 2017

Husband and wife are meant to lead each other to heaven. What have you done today to enrich your spouse’s spiritual life?


June 29, 2017

“But who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:15) Jesus’ question to Peter is also directed at us. Faith in Jesus, the Son of the living God, is at the heart of discipleship. Pray together for that faith today.


Marriage, College Education Keys to Preventing Child Poverty

The Institute for Family Studies recently released a testimony by W. Bradford Wilcox, senior fellow of IFS, which explored the rising trend of child poverty and declining trend of couples marrying. Marriage “protects” children from poverty better than cohabitation and creates a more stable family life.


June 28, 2017

Pope Francis says that “I’m sorry” is a phrase husbands and wives should say often. If it’s hard for you to say “I’m sorry,” or to offer forgiveness, pray for a softened heart.


June 27, 2017

Gratitude dispels anger. If you are angry at your spouse, think of the times when he/she did something loving for you.


June 26, 2017

Be intentional about giving your spouse your undivided attention when you see each other after your daily duties. Set aside time to sit together and talk about the highs and lows of your days.


June 25, 2017

“Even all the hairs on your head are counted.” (Mt 10:30) Isn’t it so easy to get caught up in the worries of everyday life? In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us of God the Father’s unending care for us. Give Him your worries, whether big or small, and trust in His providence.


June 24, 2017

John the Baptist leapt in the womb when Mary greeted his mother, Elizabeth. What a joyful scene! Pray for couples expecting children today, and for those who await this blessing.


June 23, 2017

“Rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ.” (1 Pt 4:13) Jesus’ Sacred Heart loves the world enough to suffer for it. Unite your sufferings to those of Christ today.


June 22, 2017

First thing in the morning, start the day by giving your spouse a hug. Physical touch is important for building intimacy – plus, it gives you a positive mentality.


The Power of a Couple Holy Hour

For nearly every week of their married life, Kathleen and Troy have made a Holy Hour as a couple, even when physically separated by distance. Kathleen reflects on the abundance of graces she and her family have received through intentional time spent with our Lord in prayer.


June 21, 2017

Remember that your marriage is a covenant that involves God, husband, and wife. Take time each day to pray for God’s help in loving your spouse. Give thanks daily for the gift of your family!


Millennials Who Marry Before Having Children More Likely to Thrive Financially

“In general, Millennials who marry first are more likely to be on track to realizing the American Dream than those who put childbearing first.” A recent report released by the Institute for Family Studies and the American Enterprise Institute found that Millennials who earn at least a high school diploma, work a full time job, and get married before having children are financially better off than peers who do not follow this sequence.


June 20, 2017

Choose a virtue to practice today. Don’t tell anybody what it is but consider charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, or generosity.


June 19, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) If you do something wrong, don’t say, “I’m sorry,” which doesn’t need a response. Say, “Will you forgive me?” The other spouse has to say “yes” or “no.” If “no,” you need to talk.


June 18, 2017

“The one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” (Jn 6:57) Today on Corpus Christi, give thanks together for the Bread of Life Jesus offers us at every Mass. It is truly food for the journey. Pray for all fathers today, especially your own.


June 17, 2017

Every once in a while surprise your spouse with a gesture of kindness, such as a cup of coffee or help with the dishes.


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