Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Seeing life not as a collection of single ‘big’ moments, soon-to-be-married Tommy reflects on how Katie and he have grown together and in knowledge of each other.
Plan a “field trip” for the family! It can be educational, or take advantage of the early spring deals to theme parks and other fun places.
Find a daily Mass that fits both of your work schedules and make going together a priority one day this week. It’s a great way to start the day or begin the evening!
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you’” (Jn 14:27) Is there peace in your household? Reflect on today’s Gospel with your family. Share reactions to the promise of peace Jesus gives.
Dawn Eden’s The Thrill of the Chaste sheds light on the struggles of chastity and provides insight into the daily process of conversion of heart in a narrative manner which is sure to be engaging.
Have you washed the car recently? Make the task a bonding moment, and don’t be afraid of getting messy!
Showing hospitality to new arrivals in town is a great way families can live out the work of mercy to “welcome the stranger.” Stacey writes about how their family is doing that right now.
St. Catherine of Siena boldly proclaimed her love for Christ. How can you courageously accept your call of discipleship?
Jane Gordon Julien delves into the unspoken effects of divorce on adult children and the lasting impact on their lives.
When you feel negative about something your spouse says, try to look at the statement from a different perspective (especially his/hers) before responding.
Thank your spouse for something s/he does for you, especially on a daily basis. A text mid-day or a welcome home “thank you” goes a long way.
Love needs care and cultivation; it can’t grow on its own. Talk with your spouse about areas where your love needs some growth.
Schedule a lunch break call with your spouse this week if possible. Don’t talk logistics, just check in about how each of you are doing.
“The former heaven and the former earth had passed away and the sea was no more” (Rev 21:1). If all earthly matters are pushed aside, what does your marriage look like? Talk with your spouse about it.
Make spring cleaning fun! Set aside the day in advance and end the night with a favorite movie or dessert. Make sure to plan a special lunch to keep the helpers engaged!
What helps you calm down when you are upset? Are there “trigger” words that cause situations to escalate? Identify these and work with your spouse to adjust your conversations accordingly.
Of all of the things you have to do today, is time with your spouse a priority? Be sure to give him/her the attention s/he deserves.
Spring planting time! Plant some lettuce outside, or prepare the soil for summer crops. Do the work with your spouse and add some fresh air to your daily routine.
In sacrificing for one another in marriage, writes Kathleen, we become holy.
Finances aren’t always fun, but they can be! Take a date night to look at the budget and share some dreams. End it with a favorite dessert.
Know where you are emotionally. Take an inventory throughout the day on how you’re feeling. Talk with your spouse about what events cause strong emotions and how to react well.
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all” (Jn 10:29). God has placed us in the care of Christ; pray with your spouse to place your hardships in his hands.
When things are really busy, take fifteen minutes for each other, even if it’s only once a week. Make this time together a top priority.
When it comes time to apologize, try incorporating empathy, and acknowledge rules or promises that were broken. This leads to restoration of relationships.
Now that the weather is warming up, plan a picnic! It’s a great way to spend some quality time together. Make it a just-for-two date or bring the whole family.