Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Keeping a journal is a great way to record God’s providence in your family’s life. Even writing a paragraph or two each night will become something wonderful to look back on.
Twelve weeks into marriage, Katie writes about her #1 example: her parents. Through their 32 years of marriage (and counting) they’ve shown how love always keeps growing.
“Unless you become like a child…” Children are wonderful at being absorbed in the present moment. Try to imitate their whole-hearted attention to the present today.
This Labor Day, pray for families dealing with unemployment or underemployment. If possible, help a family who is facing this trial.
“For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.” (Wis 9:14) How true this can ring for married couples at times! Pray to the Holy Spirit when you feel “timid” and “unsure” and ask for the Lord’s guidance.
If you are praying for someone, let them know! “I’m praying for you” (sincerely meant) is a wonderful gesture of kindness. This includes your spouse and children.
Many people are back in school now. The family is a school of love; look for opportunities every day to learn a little more how to love.
Have you tried this lately? Replace the word “love” in 1 Cor 13 with your name for a “litmus test” of where you need to grow: “John is patient, Mary is kind….” etc.
A series of essays on all aspects of marriage and family life. Each author brings an expertise and poignant personal stories.
Time spent with your spouse is precious! Try to be truly present to him/her by detaching from social media and other technologies as much as possible.
Does your spouse have a favorite food or dessert? Make it for him/her this week. Why? Simply because you want to show your love.
True love between spouses, which images Christ’s love for the Church, inspires husbands and wives to continually seek each other out for advice, affection, and affirmation. Encourage your spouse today and remind him/her that you are there no matter what!
“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” (Lk 14:1, 7-14). Jesus reminds us that we ought to reach out to all people within our local communities. Consider inviting a new person to your dinner table this week.
St. Monica never ceased praying for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine. May all mothers mirror St. Monica and continue to courageously pray for their children, no matter what.
Enjoy dancing? Look up instructional videos on YouTube or consider taking lessons with your spouse. Plus, it’s great exercise!
Are you and your spouse struggling to pray together? Check out the For Your Marriage article “How to Pray with your spouse: 4 simple steps” for tips: http://www.foryourmarriage.org/how-to-pray-with-your-spouse-four-simple-steps/
Instead of becoming quickly offended by your spouse’s words, ask for clarity first.
What is your favorite board or card game? Collaborate with your spouse and plan a game night at home!
Investing time in your marriage leads to a happier marriage. Kathleen gives some advice on how to make it happen.
Today is the feast day of the Queenship of Mary! Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, intercede on behalf of us and our families.
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate” (Lk 13:22-30). Jesus reminds us today that His way is not the easy way. Let us pray that we have the courage to trust and follow the Lord always.
Even though family life can be stressful sometimes, remember to laugh and be joyful nonetheless.
Self-care is a must in order to properly care for others. Consider getting a massage or going for a jog today; encourage your spouse to do the same!
Do you remember where you and your spouse went on your first date? Revisit the location or re-create the scene.
If an issue arises in your marriage, communicate directly with your spouse. Talking with others about the problem will not solve it. Keep personal issues between you and your spouse.