Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all” (Jn 10:29). God has placed us in the care of Christ; pray with your spouse to place your hardships in his hands.
When things are really busy, take fifteen minutes for each other, even if it’s only once a week. Make this time together a top priority.
When it comes time to apologize, try incorporating empathy, and acknowledge rules or promises that were broken. This leads to restoration of relationships.
Now that the weather is warming up, plan a picnic! It’s a great way to spend some quality time together. Make it a just-for-two date or bring the whole family.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin Keep conversation light by laughing at your spouse’s jokes. And say some too!
Dennis reflects on the innocence and purity of a child’s prayer. His experiences as a grandfather have encouraged him to renew a childlike trust in God. He challenges us to do the same.
It’s here! Pope Francis’s prayerful reflections on marriage and the family will give married couples and families much solid guidance in their vocation of love.
When conflicts arise, use open-ended questions that allow your spouse to voice his/her feelings and opinions honestly. Avoid asking questions in a demanding tone.
Write a poem to your spouse. Even if you are not creative, you can write it with love!
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing” (Rev 5:12). How can your family give God honor and glory? Offer up your Sunday for His glory.
Instead of pointing out faults you see in your spouse, offer ways for improvement. When your spouse does this, be open to his/her feedback.
Organize a sport or game night and invite your friends. Friendly competition can be a great way to spend time with differing personalities.
Add an extra prayer to your daily routine, asking God to bless your spouse’s day.
Consider going the extra mile to spend time with a family member your spouse wants to visit.
What are the chances of meeting your future spouse if they live 1,226 miles away? Katie shares her experience and God’s hand in meeting Tommy. Read about their journey to each other through trust in Christ.
Thank your spouse for the lifelong journey he/she chose to take with you – just because.
Communication is an area where there can always be improvement. Talk with your spouse about ways you can communicate better or times when you don’t feel “heard.”
“The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” (Jn 20:20b). Jesus is present in your spouse. Rejoice when you see him/her!
If something does not go well in a conversation, or a comment falls through the cracks, ask your spouse for clarification. Avoid assumptions that attribute negative motives to your spouse.
Providing both interreligious and intercultural insights, Not Just Good but Beautiful offers a compilation of reflections on the complementarity of man and woman.
Some people like surprises and some people don’t. What does your spouse prefer? Be playful today, while being respectful of their preferences.
On April 8, 2016, the Vatican plans to issue Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the Holy Father’s reflection on marriage and family life.
Spring is starting to show! Make the effort to get some extra rays of sunshine with your spouse – it betters your mood and is a simple pleasure.
Visit an elderly family member or someone who does not get out as much and bring your family and the joy of Easter, too.
How does your family handle the Easter bunny and other cultural, non-religious traditions? Josh provides some insight from their family.