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July 10, 2014

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder” BUT “out of sight, out of mind.” Which adage resonates with you more? Do you need to make any adjustments to balance your alone vs. together time?


July 9, 2014

Your family is a community. This means that when one person changes a behavior – for good or for ill – it impacts everyone. If you smile, do a favor, give a compliment, it lifts everyone’s spirit. If you complain or nag, it pulls your beloved down too.


The Movement of Love

Sara and Anthony’s wedding day is approaching! Sara reflects on love’s ability to move us – both physically and in service and love of the other.


July 8, 2014

(Reader’s Tip) In each challenging situation I strive to remember that this man is God’s amazing gift to me, and that God trusts me to love him with the same love God has for us.


July 7, 2014

“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10) Sometimes spouses can be a thorn in each other’s side. Annoying as this can be, it can also be a path to self-correction and humility. Name your own weaknesses and strengths.


July 6, 2014

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Mt 11:25)  We are called to praise God in all that we do, but that can be hard in our busy lives. Reflect on […]


July 5, 2014

What’s one admittedly minor thing you want to change about your beloved? No matter how annoying it was, can you let it go? Give your spouse the gift of accepting him or her, quirks included.


July 4, 2014

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


Seek and Find Your Vocation

The Lord has a vocation for each of us. Pope Francis encourages the youth and everyone to search out their vocation and to say “yes” forever.


July 3, 2014

“(A)s 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, 2014

Want to change your spouse? Change yourself. You might like to make your beloved perfect (in your eyes), but you’ll have more success changing a weakness in yourself. One person’s change sometimes prompts another’s.


The bishops find a pulse on the state of the family

As preparations continue for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in October 2014, Emily Macke discusses the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the preparatory document for the Synod that addresses the Bishops’ concern for marriage and family life.


101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other

Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes present 101 tips with reflections for spouses to better serve their spouse and family.


July 1, 2014

Bl. 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.


Hugging the Porcupine

Different working styles and different ways of coping with stress can lead to tension in a marriage. Josh reflects on the necessity of supporting your spouse – even when it gets prickly – and the role of divine love in our relationships.


June 30, 2014

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, 2014

“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.


June 28, 2014

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, 2014

“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 26, 2014

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


To Priests: Work With and For Families

In this moment of crisis, Pope Francis encourages priests for work for and with the family as witnesses and mediators.


June 25, 2014

Be intentional about giving your spouse your undivided attention when you see each other after your respective daily duties.


June 24, 2014

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, 2014

Start the day with a hug. It gives you a positive mentality.


June 22, 2014

“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.


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