Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
(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?
Parenting can feel all-consuming, especially if you have young children. Periodically take time to visit a friend, renew a hobby and, especially, reconnect with your spouse. You will feel refreshed and more responsive to your children.
“All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer.” (Acts 1:14) Plan to spend time praying with your spouse today. Prayer builds marital unity.
The Gift of Self: A Spiritual Companion for Separated and Divorced Faithful to the Sacrament of Marriage
What does divorce mean for the sacrament of marriage? Maria Pia Campanella explores how those who are separated or divorced can continue to live out their sacramental marriage as well as offers insight to those who are ministering to them.
“Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste.” (Lk 1:39) Mary lost no time in going to her cousin Elizabeth. Do you “travel” to meet your beloved’s needs “in haste”? Taking Mary as your model, try responding without hesitation today to requests from your spouse.
As family vacation season approaches, Dennis reflects on the memories made at his family’s favorite vacation spot, and on the beauty of creation.
Whose fault was your last fight? Maybe it clearly was one of you, but more often it’s a combination of misunderstanding, forgetting to do something, and spouses having different expectations. To resolve an argument look at what you contributed more than what your spouse did wrong.
In his recent address to the United Nations, Pontifical Council for the Family President Archbishop Paglia discussed the importance of the family as the center of society and human development. Marriage in the News writer Emily Macke outlines and reflects upon the five main points of his address.
What lifts up your spirit? A funny story, a good meal, a hug, a compliment? Lift up each other today.
“To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.” (#3, Family Pledge of Nonviolence) Could your family say “Yes” to this? World peace begins at home.