Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Men and women have different perspectives in marriage. Mary Jo shares a few phrases that have particular importance for her in conversations with her husband.
“Then they abandoned their nets and followed [Jesus].” (Mk 1:18) The apostles were ready to leave their work to follow Jesus. Work is necessary to pay bills and raise kids, but sometimes our job can steal time needed for our vocation – marriage. Ask your spouse if your work is in balance.
On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father baptized twenty-eight babies in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he spoke of the faith that baptism bestows and the responsibility of parents to live as witnesses of that faith.
Does your job rob you of couple time? Are you “married” to your job? For those whose work is in the home (both paid and unpaid), consider the same questions. Does taking care of your children or your volunteer work consume so much time that no energy or time is left for your beloved? Readjust.
Even if it’s not your cup of tea, sometimes it’s worth doing something with your honey, just because it pleases the other person. For example, watch her favorite movie or his favorite sport, try dancing together, take a lesson…
The encounter with the transcendent is a crucial part of human life. Josh reflects on the experiences of nature that have inspired contemplation of God and the current practices in his family that foster wonder and awe.
Did you know that your marriage gladdens the hearts of the bishops? “We rejoice that so many couples are living in fidelity to their marital commitment,” the bishops wrote in Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. Your marriage matters!
“Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.” (Mt 3:13) Remember your baptism today, and that of your children. Look at pictures and share memories. Are you a godmother or godfather? Pray for your godchild today.
“They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.” (Mt 10: 11) Spend some time today as a family basking in the joy of Christmas. Visit a nativity scene and pray together.
What makes a happy marriage? Many things of course, but one glue that helps a lot of couples is being able to laugh when things go wrong. Is there a blunder that happened in your past that you’re now able to laugh about?
January 6 (the 12th day after Christmas) is the traditional date of the Epiphany when the three wise men honored Jesus with gifts. Debrief what you liked (or disliked) about your gift giving this Christmas and consider new ways you can be more generous next year.
“Welcoming a child, through birth or adoption, is an act of faith as well as an act of love.” (Follow the Way of Love) Pray for couples who want a child but are infertile as well as for those who have an untimely pregnancy and are afraid. Bless your child today.
Welcome to our new engaged couple bloggers! Tim and Brooke are getting married this summer. In their first post, they share their how-we-met story and their beautiful proposal story. It will be a joy to follow them in their journey toward the Sacrament of Marriage!
“On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 11 Pipers Piping.” Now who needs 11 pipers? Maybe the appropriate interpretation would be to share music today. What’s your beloved’s favorite song? Play it or sing it. You don’t have to be good, just willing to try.
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Phil 2:10) Catholics have always held the name of Jesus in high esteem. Do you give His name the precious devotion and reverence He deserves?
“On the 9th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 ladies dancing.” Dancing is not only for ladies or newlyweds. Try it. If you have children, include them. It needn’t be ballroom to be fun. Think the Hokey Pokey, or dance to your first dance song again.
Good mothers bring tenderness to society, Pope Francis says. We can all follow the example of Mary, the Mother of God and first disciple.
“When eight days were completed…he was named Jesus.” (Lk 2:21) You’ve been “wearing” your own name for many years now. Do you like it? Do you know what it means? Does your spouse have a special nickname for you? If you have children, do they know the meaning of their names?
The personal witness of a happy, holy married life can be a source of encouragement and strength for others who are striving to virtuously live their own vocations. The letters of St. Gianna Molla and her husband, Pietro, provide an image of beautiful, sanctifying married love.
New Year’s Eve can be a rousing time – if you’re single. Less so, if you’re married, and even more complicated if you have young children. Why not use this day to take stock of what you liked best about last year? Share it in a quiet moment with your honey and kids.
Today’s first reading reminds us to honor our parents all the days of our lives. Do you treat your spouse’s parents with the same respect you treat your own? Do you help your spouse take care of their needs?
“On the 5th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – 5 Golden Rings.” Take a look at your wedding band today with your spouse. It represents a covenant you made, one more precious than gold. Together, thank God for the beautiful blessings of the Sacrament of Marriage!
The feast of the Holy Innocents, says Pope Francis, is a reminder to all of us to protect and cherish the children in our midst, especially those who are suffering.
“On the 4th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 4 Calling Birds.” Songbirds are recognizable by their distinct melodies. Is there something only you call your spouse? If you’re shy about terms of endearment, give it a try anyway.
Christmas is a night of glory, joy, and light, says Pope Francis. We must remember all suffering children on this day, and bring them the hope of the baby Jesus.