Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
A simple idea to make Advent prayerful: use your address book to pray for people alphabetically at dinner. Not sure what a person’s needs are? Consider calling them to find out.
Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.
A new study on the birth control pill examines the possibility that women’s attraction to men and their marital satisfaction could be affected by taking the pill.
Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, where he spoke about the importance of the family in relation to the hope of nations.
St. Francis Xavier was a Jesuit missionary who took the Gospel to people who hadn’t heard of Jesus. Families too are called to be missionaries. Who can you share Jesus’ love with today?
Have you blessed your Advent wreath yet? There is a simple prayer service to do at home available on the USCCB website, www.usccb.org: search for “Advent.”
Do you worry about money? This book can help you make peace with your finances (a common source of marital strife) and develop generosity.
(Reader’s Tip) Pray together at meals, even if you’re in a restaurant. Don’t be afraid to show PDF’s (Public Displays of Faith).
“Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” (Mk 13:33) Advent is a season of waiting. As Christians we are not only waiting for the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas but the day that Christ will come again. Always be prepared to meet Christ.
Dennis reflects on fond family memories of Advent, especially the peaceful glow of the Advent candles as the family gathered around the table for dinner and prayers.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega.” (Rev 1:8) Just as God is the Beginning and the End, so your marriage has a beginning (the marriage vows) and an end (death). What’s important too is in the middle. Make the middle meaningful today.
As Christmas shopping accelerates, seek simplicity. Enjoy homemade fun (playing games, singing) and homemade treats today.
“Thanks be to God!” is a common expression not only of thanks but also of relief that a danger was averted. In this season of thanks, is there a bad fortune that you avoided? Thank God for invisible blessings – a cold not caught, a curt retort stifled…
Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally times when adult children return home and blended families gather in unique and complicated ways. This can be both joyous and stressful as family systems reshuffle. Be patient.
(Reader’s Tip) Be kind and joyful. Each day pray for your spouse and, as often as possible, pray with them.
Tim planned a special birthday party for Donna, and in the process was reminded of the high value of a “worthy wife” (Prov. 31).
Do you have a hard time getting your beloved to share thoughts and feelings with you? Some spouses are the quiet type who will talk when ready. Others just need you to be patient and make space for speech. Do you talk too much?
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40) Recognize Christ in your spouse and in all those that you meet. If you are struggling to serve your spouse, remember that you are serving Christ as well.
St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music. Whether you’re a virtuoso or can’t carry a tune, enjoy music today with your family (sing, listen to a favorite song, practice instruments together).
“But of that day or hour, no one knows…” (Mk 13:32) Death is not something most people like to think about, but it is inevitable and indeed we don’t know “the day or hour.” Don’t avoid talking about your deaths – even if you’re young. Do you know each other’s final wishes?
“Elijah said to [the widow] ‘Do not be afraid.’” (1 Kings 17:13) Do you have money worries? Have you ever? Do you or your spouse worry more about money? Pray for both prudence and detachment.
In an address at the “Humanum” conference in Rome, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of male-female complementarity in marriage.
Emily Macke shares the research findings of psychologist John Gottman about what makes couples “masters” or “disasters” of love.
Sara reflects on how marriage calls spouses not to think of only their own happiness, but the well-being of the other when making big and small decisions.
(Reader’s Tip) Keep Jesus’s teachings at the center of your marriage: Be the first to forgive and the last to blame, and never go to sleep angry with each other.