Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” (2 Cor. 13:12) There are kisses and there are kisses. Some cultures greet even strangers with a kiss on both cheeks; some simply bow. The marital kiss is special. Pay attention to how you kiss each other today.
“We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor 5:7) How is your faith these days? St. Paul reminds us that at the heart of the Christian faith is trust, even when we can’t see the road ahead. Pray with your spouse for that kind of faith today.
“We are responsible for the process we use in parenting, not the outcome. Our children have free will and can choose their own paths, even destructive ones. We can guide, but we can’t control. Sometimes all we can do is pray.” (Susan Vogt)
Pope Francis speaks to the Latvian and Estonian bishops about the importance of strengthening their family ministry, especially with the rise of single-parent families.
Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, draw close to Jesus’s Heart. Lay your head on Jesus’s chest, and give him your troubles. His Heart beats with love for you.
Pope Francis addresses the extreme difficulty as well as the gift that suffering and sickness can be for families.
Pope Francis urges the Puerto Rican bishops to continue their ministry to families and comments on the beauty of gender complementarity and marriage.
“Why” questions are fine for inquisitive minds but can be an obstacle during marital arguments. Why? It can sound accusatory. “Why did you do that?” “Why don’t you just…” Be careful of “Why” questions disguised as innocent queries.
Marriage Challenge, especially for newlyweds: Blending personalities, customs, family traditions, and financial decision making. Which has been easiest for you? For your spouse?
“There are different forms of service but the same Lord.” (1 Cor. 12:5) Equality doesn’t mean sameness. As men and women, we are equal, but have unique talents and personalities. How do your spouse’s gifts serve your family and the community?
Children are a great gift, and as desired as children usually are in a marriage, raising them can also bring stress. Don’t let arguments over child discipline sap your energy and alienate you from each other. Take a break. Build a list of a few reliable sitters.
“Take it; this is my body…This is my blood of the covenant.” (Mk 14:22, 24) Marriage finds its nourishment in the Eucharist, Jesus’s Body and Blood given to us. Take, eat; take, drink, and be strengthened!
We remember what we want to hear. Do you ever unintentionally but conveniently “forgot” something your spouse asked you to do? It’s easy to do, but try to be more attentive, even when inconvenient.
Pope Francis reminds us to reach out to families living in poverty. He encourages voluntary simplicity and says that poverty “is not just a matter of bread”.
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecc. 4:12) Invite God into your marriage daily. Prayer can open up a third perspective when you’re not sure what to do.
Marriage is not so much a matter of finding the right person as being the right person. Relationship skills can be learned. Try to improve yours today.
Emily Macke critically examines the claims of a recent article touting the “child-free” lifestyle, where men and women deliberately forgo having children for a variety of reasons.
Stacey recounts her journey with the Morning Offering prayer, and how she and Josh are now sharing this classic prayer with their children.
“Do what’s natural” is a common and well, “natural,” approach to many decisions. Have you considered learning to use Natural Family Planning (NFP)? Click here for more information.
“Everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine.” (John 17:9) Although Jesus was addressing his Father with these words, they also apply to married couples. Are there any possessions that you are reluctant to share with your beloved?
Yes, they do! Journalist and dad Paul Raeburn gives a convincing argument, based in a variety of research fields, that fathers are indeed important to their children.
What’s the difference between constructive criticism and nagging? Repetition. Unless your spouse is hard of hearing, trust that saying your criticism – with kindness – once (or at most twice) is enough.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.” (Mt 28:19) We are called to lead others to Christ. Reflect on how you and your family are living out this call. Be witnesses to the love of Christ.
Are you a detail person while your beloved sees the big picture – or vice-versa? These differences can complement each other for good, but if too extreme they can cause friction. Make a commitment to see the other’s point of view.
At the supermarket getting ready to entertain, Tim and Donna are reminded of the importance of paying attention to language.