Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
“Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary.’” Sometimes it can be frightening to embark upon a big change in life – a birth, a death, changing a job, retirement…Call to mind a fear from the past or a current one. Trust that sharing it with your beloved will be safe.
Fear is no fun – and can be paralyzing. Tim recounts a recent evening when his wife lovingly helped calm his fears in the middle of the night.
The pope spoke about the importance of stable work for families, so that they can truly rest and not worry about their livelihood.
Parenting teens can put stress on a marriage. If you have teenagers you know that you can’t always choose the time when they are in the mood to talk. When they do open up, stop and listen.
Pope Francis highlighted the spiritual aspects of the pro-life movement in Italy, and encouraged society to promote and defend the family.
November is a time to be thankful for all the gifts that we have, but it is also a time to give back. Is there a charity that you and your spouse could volunteer for this month?
“For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mk 12:44) We are called to give ALL to God, not just our surplus. Offer your day, your work, and your marriage to the Lord. Live for Him.
Affair-proof your marriage. Often affairs start because one spouse starts confiding in a friend of the opposite sex. Once personal troubles are compassionately received by another, a bond starts to deepen. If something’s troubling you a lot, a counselor is the safer outlet.
Fighting Fair Tip: Never say “never” or “always.” It may seem like your spouse always leaves the gas tank on empty, but there’s always an exception that blows your argument. Be more accurate by saying “often” or “sometimes.” It stings less and creates less defensiveness.
The pope exhorted families to forgive one another, each and every day. This example of forgiveness can spill over into other sections of society, too.
Dennis shares his family’s story of adopting a little boy from Russia over 20 years ago. “As I reflect back, I really believe that God was in complete control over the entire adoption process.”
What do you think your spouse’s most cherished personal possession is? Check it out. Were you right?
Author Tara Parker-Pope uses social science research and personal anecdotes to provide valuable insight for married couples seeking to strengthen their relationship. A set of quizzes help couples to examine aspects of their own marriage.
One way to prepare your children for a healthy marriage is to let them see you being romantic with each other. Within the bounds of propriety, of course, a little playfulness helps them see the wholesomeness of married love.
What does your spouse do that makes you laugh? Often it’s the silly idiosyncrasies or foibles that can be special secrets between you.
Do you know much about your spouse’s deceased relatives? Spend some time remembering and telling stories about the holy people in each other’s past. They may not have been perfect, but they are all in the family.
In an address and homily at the end of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis provided key principles for the Synod Fathers in their ministry to families.
The Catholic Church honors all saints known and unknown today. Although your spouse may not always act like a saint (none of us do!), look for a saintly quality today. Is he or she generous, humble, self-sacrificing, courageous…? Celebrate the saint you are living with today.
Do you have a “mask” that you hide behind at work or for company? Sometimes putting on a “good face” is necessary, but don’t let your spouse just get the dregs of your energy and good manners. Be your best real self with your beloved.
As Stacey and Josh’s family experiences, very little is truly routine in family life.
“Rejoice always.” (1 Th 5:16) St. Paul’s advice may seem unrealistic, at least on some days, but surely you can find one thing to be grateful for today or to rejoice over.
Some couples readily and happily conceive. Others wait, sadly, as months turn into years without a beloved child. Natural Family Planning can help infertile couples know the optimal time to conceive and can help diagnose underlying medical problems. Check it out.
What’s your spouse’s primary love language? Words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, or physical touch? (Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages) Is yours the same or different?
“Children benefit from our ‘presence’ more than our ‘presents’” (Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference). That’s a great reminder for the upcoming seasons of Advent and Christmas.
You’ve probably heard it said that you don’t just marry your spouse, you also marry his or her family.