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December 9, 2017

“And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more.” (Phil 1:9) God wants your love to grow, always.

December 8, 2017

A nice tradition today, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is to give a gift to a pregnant woman you know. Pray also for mothers with difficult or unexpected pregnancies.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families: Building a Beautiful Family Culture in a Turbulent World

If there is any book that belongs on a parent’s bedside table (besides the Holy Bible), it should be this one: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey. In a society that is fueled by efficiency tactics, best practices, and mission objectives, Covey knows how to reach his audience. Better yet, he […]

A Striving-to-Be Holy Family Praying to The Holy Family

In their last post for For Your Marriage, Brooke reflects on the past 12 months: engagement, wedding, and newlywed life. She shares the role the Blessed Mother has played in her relationship with Timmy and how they are striving to emulate the Holy Family.

December 7, 2017

Ever heard of limerence? It’s a physical feeling of infatuation for another, like a crush. Although limerence can lead to committed love, it typically has a shelf life of 2-3 years. That’s why couples must transition to a more lasting love. Nurture your romance but rely on enduring friendship—and the grace of the sacrament of […]

December 6, 2017

St. Nicholas, whose feast is celebrated today, was known as a secret gift-giver. Surprise your spouse and children with a little treat today, and read together the story of this inspiring saint.

December 5, 2017

Advent is a great season to slow down and pray with your family. The USCCB has some great resources—including an online Advent calendar!—to help you prepare for Jesus’ birth:

December 4, 2017

A simple idea to make Advent prayerful: use your address book to pray for people alphabetically at dinner. Not sure what a person’s needs or intentions are? Consider calling or emailing them to find out.

December 3, 2017

“Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” (Mk 13:33) Advent is a season of waiting. As Christians, we are not only waiting for the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas but the day when  Christ will come again. Always be prepared to meet Christ.

December 2, 2017

Tomorrow is the first day of the season of Advent! To prepare, why not bless your Advent wreath as a family together? A wreath blessing is available on the USCCB’s website:

December 1, 2017

Sit down with your spouse and look at some of your favorite photos from the past year. What were the hard times you weathered together? Was there an unexpected blessing? Give thanks for your life and love together.

November 30, 2017

Advent starts soon, the season of anticipation for the birth of Christ. Make an Advent resolution with your family. It could be setting aside some money to tithe, committing to help an elderly neighbor this winter, or adding extra daily prayer time.

How to Raise a Saint

How do you raise holy children worthy of sainthood? Josh reflects on the family life of Padre Pio, whose pious, hardworking parents were instrumental in forming the future saint.

November 29, 2017

“I am the Alpha and the Omega.” (Rev 1:8) Just as God is the Beginning and the End, so your marriage has a beginning (the marriage vows) and an end (death). But don’t forget about what’s in between – the middle. Make the middle meaningful today.

November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally times when adult children return home and blended families gather together. This can be both a joyful and stressful time as family systems reshuffle. Be patient and remember that charity can go a long way!

November 27, 2017

Do you have a hard time getting your beloved to share thoughts and feelings with you? Some spouses are the quiet type who will talk when ready. Others just need you to “shut up” to make space for speech. Do you talk too much?

November 26, 2017

“And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Mt 25:40) Recognize Christ in your spouse and in all those that you meet. If you are struggling to serve your spouse, remember that you are […]

November 25, 2017

“The happiest couples have sex on a regular basis,” writes Tina Tessina, PhD. Talk about the sexual aspect of your marriage and agree on a frequency of sexual intimacy that honors both of you.

November 24, 2017

When the world is celebrating the deals and sales of Black Friday, celebrate your non-material blessings by playing games, telling stories, going for a walk, etc. as a family.

November 23, 2017

“Thanks be to God!” is a common expression not only of thanks but also of relief that a danger was averted. In this season of thanks, is there a bad fortune that you avoided? Thank God for His blessings of safety and protection in so many ways…and for all the gifts of His love, too!…

November 22, 2017

Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The Catholic Church has a long and rich history of beautiful music. Does your family have a favorite hymn or praise song? Sing it together today.

What Are You Thankful for in Your Spouse?

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to express gratitude for your spouse. Kathleen reflects on a particular Thanksgiving tradition with her husband and how powerful it has been for their love.

November 21, 2017

“But of that day or hour, no one knows…” (Mk 13:32) Death is not something most people like to think about, but it is inevitable and indeed we don’t know “the day or hour.” Don’t avoid talking about your deaths – even if you’re young. Each day is a gift and meant to be lived […]

November 20, 2017

It is natural to be proud of our children’s success and take blame for their failures. Remember that they need your encouragement and support, but allow them to be independent in their life choices.

November 19, 2017

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:21) God is calling us to share in His joy through the sacrament of marriage. Don’t forget to share smiles and laughter with your […]

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