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You Have to Work at It, But Marriage is Worth It!

Marriage is not always an easy vocation. Kathleen reflects on the necessity of working hard, with God’s grace, every day in marriage to fulfill His call to reflect His love.

November 18, 2016

November is traditionally the month to remember the faithful departed. Visit a nearby graveyard together and say a prayer for the dead, especially those in your family.

November 17, 2016

In times of discouragement, turn to the saints. Each one is unique! They lived lives of holiness in all kinds of circumstances, and are always ready to help us.

November 16, 2016

Marriage and family life are about the ultimate goal: heaven. Fix your eyes there.

November 15, 2016

Have a weekday treat together: pick up doughnuts in the morning, go out for ice cream after dinner, or bake some cookies, just because.

Hiking Lessons

While taking time to hike through the woods with her husband before a wedding, blogger Mary Jo finds some similarities between journeying through the forest and living out faith and love in the Sacrament of Marriage.

November 14, 2016

Put on your listening ears and make an effort to talk intentionally with your spouse about their day.

Mothers as Models of Faith in the Family Today

When it comes to raising children in faith, new research has shown that mothers tend to be more influential than fathers on the religious experience of their children.

November 13, 2016

Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Pray today for the grace for you and your family to persevere even when life is most difficult.

Does Divorce Affect Parents Differently than Couples Without Children?

A new study has taken a different approach on studying the consequences of divorce, comparing in what ways divorce affects couples with children and couples without.

November 11, 2016

Do you know any veterans in your family, neighborhood, or parish? Together, call or visit them to thank them for their sacrifice.

November 10, 2016

Do the two of you have a favorite song or a good musical memory? Make a playlist and spend some time slow (or fast!) dancing together.

NFP: “Not Freaking Practical” at Times…but Worth It in the End

While it is a beautiful and fruitful way of life, practicing NFP in marriage is not always easy. Blogger Katie reflects on this particular struggle in her newly married life, with certainty that it will bring her and her husband to holiness.

November 9, 2016

Use a bulletin board or chalkboard to make a prayer intention space somewhere in your home. Set aside time each day to pray for each of the intentions.

November 8, 2016

“The spirituality of family love is made up of thousands of small but real gestures.” – Pope Francis

November 7, 2016

Make a little sacrifice for your spouse today – giving up your cell phone for the evening, choosing not to complain throughout the day, etc.

November 6, 2016

Today’s readings speak on the topic of death. Death can be scary, but Jesus reminds us that the Lord “is not God of the dead, but of the living.” (Lk 20:28) Rejoice in the gift of eternal life!

November 5, 2016

Before it gets too cold, have a bonfire, make a picnic, or go stargazing together.

November 4, 2016

Be flexible in your interactions with your spouse. Sometimes the most loving thing to do is compromise.

November 3, 2016

St. Martin de Porres was known for his particular love for the poor. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food pantry this evening with your family.

November 2, 2016

On this All Souls’ Day, visit the grave of a loved one who has passed. Say a special prayer for him/her and all the souls in purgatory.

How Does Family Instability Affect Girls?

Divorce affects all members of the family in one way or another. While past research has emphasized the effects of divorce on young boys, a recent study brings insight into how marital instability negatively affects young girls.

When A Child You Love is Grieving

Grief specialist and author Harold Ivan Smith provides a valuable resource for those helping a grieving child. He gives practical advice for every stage of the process that is sure to aid children and adults alike.

November 1, 2016

Today is the solemnity of All Saints! Before Mass, make a litany of all the patron and namesake saints in your family to ask for their intercession.

October 31, 2016

Trick or treat! Suggest that your kids go out dressed up as their patron or favorite saint. Before going out for candy, pray for the souls in purgatory.

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