Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Have any divorced friends? Many of us do. Divorce and separation are difficult, lonely experiences. Pray for your friends, and offer tangible help, like childcare.
“Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.” (Mt 22:9) Consider helping other couples as they prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Bringing others to Christ in their marriage will help to bring your marriage to Christ as well!
Empty nest marriages can be an opportunity to discover new adventures together. You don’t have to have all the same interests but search for something new to do together.
Newlywed Sara reflects on Christ’s role in the everyday married life: “Every act done with your spouse within your marriage – whether it is making love or making breakfast – confers sacramental grace.”
Respecting human life means investing in children and nurturing their lives from conception until adulthood. Do you and your spouse support your friends’ children as well as your own children?
(Reader’s Tip) Always treat each other with respect, whether it’s in front of the children, in public or just the two of you.
“God made them male and female.” (Mk 10:6) Take time today to appreciate each other’s differences as a man or a woman and thank God for your spouse’s strengths.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you’re in a healthy marriage, give thanks. If you suspect someone is being abused, make sure they have the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (1-800-799-SAFE).
The Synod on the Family has begun! Read about three addresses of the Holy Father about the family.
(Reader’s Tip) My husband and I set the alarm on our smartphones for the same time each day. When the alarm goes off it reminds us to stop and pray for our marriage.
“By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.” (Mt 21:42) Do we recognize the wonderful works of the Lord in our lives and marriage? Give thanks to God for the gift of your life and your spouse.
Are you compatible spenders/savers? Being either an extreme spendthrift or a miser can put stress on your marriage. Two spendthrifts are prone to debt. Two misers have little fun. Move to the middle if you need to.
On September 28, 2014, Pope Francis spoke about the invaluable role the elderly and grandparents play in our world and called us to cultivate a society in which they are valued and cared for.
Donna and Tim reflect on the spousal call to lead one another to God in marriage.
In the October book of the month, Monsignor Bransfield discusses the painful struggle of pornography addiction and its harmful effects on the human person, while offering a solution in the mercy of God.
(Reader’s Tip) Talk behind your spouse’s back…to God. If there is something your spouse is struggling with or trying to discern, your prayers on their behalf are very important.
Even if you’re not doing anything dishonest or flirting on Facebook or other social media, it can still steal time from your marriage. Take your eyes off your computer or phone and gaze at your beloved for a while.
October is Respect Life Month. We are reminded to value all human life and creation, especially the unborn, the poor and the vulnerable. Talk with your spouse and consider making a donation of goods, time or money to a group that helps those in need.
Reader’s Tip) My husband and I take turns planning our anniversary each year. Sometimes the plans are a total surprise to the other spouse, sometimes it’s a coordinated effort, but it’s always fun.
Can social media harm your marriage? It may start out innocently, just reconnecting with an old friend. Then you start sharing interests and news that you haven’t told your spouse. Be cautious: Online intimacy can grow and seem more exciting than real life.
Jesus’ parable of the vineyard and the two sons (Mt 21:28-32) reminds us that actions count more than words. Strive to make your words match your actions, and your actions be trustworthy.
(Reader’s Tip) Fall more in love every day. Don’t ever let the romance stop. Buy flowers often.
Stacey shares three easy ways to pray with your spouse and children using Ignatian Spirituality.
“What were you arguing about?…If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last.” (Mk 9:33, 35) This teaching of Jesus parallels the perennial marital argument about who is right. Arguments can often be shortened if you can give up the need to be right – every time.
“Not only do I love my son’s mother, I exalt her as a queen.” (Rosario Slack) Do your children hear how much you esteem your spouse? This works for both husbands and wives.