Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
What do you owe your kids? Toys? An allowance? A cell phone? No, these are extras to be granted, not entitlements. Love, time, food, clothing, shelter, and safety are the essentials: focus on these.
How long has it been since you had a real date with your beloved? This is the time of year when spirits lag. Christmas and Valentine’s Day have passed. The weather is gloomy. Plan a romantic pick-me-up.
When is self-care legitimate and when is it just selfish? Does your self-care interfere with the urgent need of your spouse or child? Does one of you claim to need it a lot more than the other? Talk about it.
What’s a parent to do when a child wants to stop his Lenten discipline? Stacey gives some insight on how to navigate this situation.
Speaking to the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis encouraged everyone – and especially families – to care tenderly for the elderly and those close to death.
Your domestic church—church of the home—is intimately connected to the larger Church. Just as you pray for family members, pray for church leaders.
Sometimes having a romantic evening together means doing less and eliminating something from your calendar. Do you really have to watch that TV show, wash the curtains, or attend that meeting? Prioritize your spouse.
“Honor your father and your mother.” (Ex 20:12) For those with good relationships with their parents, this commandment can be easy to follow. For others, this can be difficult. Pray today for your parents, and ask God for reconciliation where needed.
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity were wives and mothers martyred for their faith. Married women, if your faith feels weak, ask these heavenly models for help.
Pope Francis focused his weekly catechesis on the family on the topic of grandparents, in which he spoke about society’s neglect of their care.
A pediatrician asked a new mom when she and her husband were going to have a date that week. The doctor said, “I’m serious. Unless you agree to have a weekly date, you can find another pediatrician. Your child is more likely to thrive if your marriage is strong.”
Have you prayed together during Lent (not just grace before meals)? Try saying a prayer together before bedtime, or share your reflections on a short passage of Scripture.
In conversation, what’s the difference between being quiet and listening? Listening takes effort to really understand your beloved. Being quiet may just mean you’re waiting for a pause to get your own thoughts in.
Tim reflects on how important it is for spouses to preach the Gospel in their daily lives. He shares how he and Donna do that concretely in their marriage.
Happily married couples often say they married their best friend. What are the qualities of friendship that you value? Loyalty? Sense of humor? Similar interests? A pleasing personality? Thank your spouse for being a good friend.
Have you ever tried a “tech fast”? For one day resolve not to use any technology – no TV, computer, cell phone, iPod, etc. Use the time you save to pray and to be present to your family.
The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home gives concrete and practical advice on how families can create a sacred space within the home where they can foster a family prayer life.
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” (Mk 9:7) We do not always want to listen to what we are told. Listen carefully to others, especially your spouse – Christ might be speaking to you through their words!
How are you doing with your Lenten resolutions? Keeping them can be easier if you and your spouse hold each other accountable.
Mary Jo reflects on the joy she experiences when her grandchildren invite her into their world of play.
If one must choose the hardest stage of parenthood, it might be the teen years. They’re too big to carry to their room but too young to always make good decisions. Assure your teen that you will always love them – no matter what.
Perhaps you’ve avoided the flu so far. Sooner or later, however, one of you will feel under the weather. How does your beloved like to be cared for? Lots of attention or “Just leave me alone, honey.” Give what he/she needs, not what you would have liked.
Emily Macke examines a new study that suggests that young people do not value marriage less but in fact value it so much that they delay getting married in order to spend more time making this big decision
“We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.” (Henry David Thoreau) Do you consider yourself richer or poorer than average? During this Lent, is there a want that you can let go of?
Did you resolve to pray more during Lent? End each evening by praying together, thanking God for your spouse and the blessings of the day.