Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Emily Macke reviews the winning articles from the New York Times college essay contest on modern love and finds hope in the students’ yearning for something more.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant…finding a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” (Mt 13:45-46) In your vocation of marriage, your spouse is like that pearl. God has called you together. Don’t let work, or projects, or hobbies, or even your children, bump him […]
“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey.” (Mark 6:8) It is easy to get caught up in our material possessions and worldly desires. Do not allow yourself or your family to become consumed by them. There is nothing that we can buy that would compare to the blessings of eternal life.
St. Benedict taught his monks to have a “rule of life” to order their days. What would your family’s “rule of life” be? Work, leisure, meals, prayer, etc.?
Only one week until Megan and Juan’s wedding! Megan reflects on the beauty of the Catholic wedding vows, and how they say everything that she and Juan hope for from their marriage.
Social Media Tip: Make your status “married” and refer to your spouse in respectful, loving ways on the Internet, lest anyone wonder whether you are available. Let your spouse know your password. There should be nothing to hide.
While in Ecuador, Pope Francis delivered a homily and meditated on the intersection of the Gospel story of the Wedding at Cana and family life today.
Technology is wonderful when it works, but sometimes it robs couples of face time. Use tools like e-mailing, Facebook, and texting to connect with each other, not disconnect. A live spouse is better than a virtual one.
Check out the ads in the paper today. List five things you don’t need. Bingo! You’ve reduced your consumer quotient. Free your family of unnecessary clutter and stuff. Hopefully, it will open some time for a walk, a game, or just being with your beloved and kids.
“For we do not know how to pray as we ought.” (Rom 8:26) Prayer is good for anyone, at any time, but many couples aren’t sure how to pray together. It may feel like letting another into one’s private world. Check out 10 Pointers for Prayer or Who me, Pray?…With Her? for a start.
Don’t rush to supply activities when your child complains, “I don’t have anything to do!” A certain amount of boredom is a pre-requisite for creativity. Besides, you can run yourself ragged trying to entertain a child 24-7. Save energy for your honey.
“He was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mk 6:6) Are there areas in your life in which you are lacking faith? Are you lacking faith in areas of your marriage? Entrust them to Christ so that He may work in your life.
What does it mean to be “free” in a marriage? St. John Paul II said it means that Jesus frees us from our hardness of heart to live fully God’s plan for our marriages and families. What good news!
Some spouses need to bite their tongues more; others need to loosen their tongues and share more. Which are you? With time, hopefully you can find the middle ground that is “just right.”
“Your life is more than your work and your work is more than your job.” (From the song by the same name by Charlie King.) Is your ‘job’ getting in the way of your family relationships? Both are important, but as another song puts it, “Time is love.”
Catholic school counselor and creator of Faith Journeys Foundation Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski provides well-structured and interactive workbooks for children and adolescents experiencing their parents’ separation or divorce.
Marriage Challenge (esp. for older couples): health. Aches and pains are inevitable but remind yourself daily that you still have a spouse to love.
Josh reflects on recognizing bits of himself and his wife in the Pixar film Inside Out. Adults, too, can relate to children’s movies!
Marriage Challenge for older couples: Retirement, and the life changes that come with it. Humbly offer your life’s wisdom for the good of others; your experience is priceless.
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” (Albert Schweitzer) Is there a trait that you would like to foster in your spouse or child? How can you model that behavior this week in your own life?
“Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mark 5:35) Are you or a loved one suffering from an illness? This can cause stress and sorrow. Remain faithful and the Lord will provide the strength and comfort you need.
Does your spouse accuse you of being irresponsible? Sometimes it might just be a different personality style, but don’t ignore the criticism. It may hurt, but not addressing any truth that might be behind the charge can build resentment.
Marriage Challenge: While you may have settled in to a comfortable lifestyle, routines can get boring. Try something new together this week – a new food, recreation, book…
Are you a perfectionist? It’s natural to want to do a good job but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Tim recalls the sincere advice he and his wife gave to a newly married couple more than 10 years ago.