Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
As Mary Jo looks at memories from her own family, she reflects on her family as a Domestic Church and the responsibility that comes with a family name.
Choose a virtue to practice today. Don’t tell anybody what it is but consider charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, or generosity. At the end of the day, ask your spouse or child if they can guess which one you picked.
Every once in a while surprise him/her with a gesture of kindness, such as a cup of coffee or help with the dishes.
(Reader’s Tip) If you do something wrong, don’t say, “I’m sorry,” which doesn’t need a response. Say, “Will you forgive me?” The other spouse has to say “yes” or “no.” If “no,” you need to talk
Pope Francis reminds parents of the importance of slowing down and taking time to play with their children and spending time together as a family.
While divorce was once a topic discussed delicately, some are now using it as an occasion to celebrate lavishly. Emily Macke discusses the rise of “divorce parties” and the lingering effects of divorce, especially on children.
(Reader’s Tip) The most important thing for a long and happy marriage is to be friends with your spouse. You need to have a friend who always has your back, no matter what comes up.
(Reader’s Tip) I look at my husband’s body language and can tell whether he’s tense or feeling “beat up” after a long day at work. I usually give him a neck and head massage. How can you be responsive to the needs of your spouse today?
“Encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor 13:11) Follow the advice of St. Paul today. Fathers, set an example of love and peace for your children.
(Reader’s Tip) Spend time every day thinking of reasons you love your spouse. You’ll never struggle to remember why you married him or her.
Is marriage about finding your “other half”? Tim and Donna use mathematics and hummus to discuss what it means to be whole, as a person and a couple.
(Reader’s Tip) Choose your battles. Every little thing isn’t worth an argument.
(Reader’s Tip) Speak to your spouse the way you would to a stranger or a co-worker. Be kind.
Pope Francis reflects on the three pillars of the spousal relationship: fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness and how they are exemplified in Christ’s love for the Church.
Are you sending a card to a new bride and groom? Include your favorite tip for a happy marriage—it can be serious, humorous or thought-provoking.
How big is your family? Who lives farthest away? Who haven’t you heard from in a while? Reconnect with a family member this week. In-laws count.
Do you tend to talk more than listen? Just for today, try to listen to your spouse as much as you talk to them.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.” (Acts 2:4) What are the different gifts that you and your spouse have been given? Affirm the gifts of your spouse today.
(Reader’s Tip) Praise your spouse for something today, even if it’s something small.
When Anthony and Sara enter the sacrament of marriage in a few months, they will not simply be starting their life together as a married couple but as a family. Anthony reflects on his future family with Sara in light of Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Families.
Scripture tells us to “humbly regard others as more important than yourselves” (Phil 2:3). What act of humility can you practice in your marriage today?
At times, we all need our space. Do you and your spouse have a place where you can each go for some alone time?
In a brief address, Pope Francis recognized the family as the domestic Church and the challenges that the family faces.
(Reader’s Tip) We serve each other when we least feel like it. It is the small sacrifices like running to the store to get a treat for your spouse when you’d rather stay home.
Grandparents enrich the life of their families. They should be cherished, not merely tolerated (Follow the Way of Love). What have you learned about marriage from an older family member?