Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
What’s the first image of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that comes to your mind? Is she of the same race and age as you are? Latinos celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe today. Have you ever pictured Mary as a different race than your own?
In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds John’s disciples about the fruits of his ministry. How has your marriage helped the people around you, in your family, parish, or community?
Christmas shopping started? Done? Consider committing to at least one gift of service. It can be done as a couple or family during the 12 days of Christmas. (Examples: repair a broken toy, or clean a child’s room, visit a lonely person, clean up a park)
The holiday season is a time of nostalgia and traditions. Katie reflects on the traditions that shape who we are and the beauty of creating new traditions with her husband.
It may seem unrealistic to “rejoice always” as St. Paul encourages us to do, but surely you can find one thing to be grateful for today or to rejoice over.
Some couples readily and happily conceive. Others wait, sadly, as months turn into years without a beloved child. Natural Family Planning can help infertile couples know the optimum time to conceive. Check it out.
Surprise your honey with an early Christmas gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive—fix his favorite dish or give her a back massage.
St. Nick was a secretive giver. Is there anything nice you can hide for your spouse to find later in the day? A treat? A note? A chore finished? Be creative.
Tomorrow is St. Nick’s Day, which means that many parents will put a treat in their child’s shoe tonight. Even if you don’t have a child living with you, consider treating a child whose parents may not. Planning together for ways to help others can draw you closer as a couple.
“John (the Baptist) appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 3:1) In any marriage hurts are inevitable. It may not be major, like a sin, but often small, like a pinch. Is there anything to forgive today?
“Children benefit from our ‘presence’ more than our ‘presents’” (Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference). During this Advent, ponder the tone that time with your spouse, children, and extended family will take during the upcoming Christmas season.
If your parish or employer has a Giving Tree, take your children with you when you buy the gift. Or at least, let them help you wrap it. Your example of helping others will speak more loudly than any words.
With honesty, warmth, and fidelity to the Church, Lisa Duffy offers a guidebook for divorced Catholics that includes her personal story, practical actions after divorce, and steps toward emotional and spiritual healing.
What’s your spouse’s primary love language – Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, or Physical Touch? (Take the test here!) Is yours the same or different?
Although our culture may focus on the hardships of parenting, Josh reflects on the goodness of parenting, a task that is meant to sanctify children – and will sanctify the parents along the way.
“Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19) St. Andrew immediately responded to Christ’s call. Listen to the voice of God as you go about your day at your job and in your family. What is He calling you to do?
Colder, darker days call for warmer, cozier evenings. Make a hot beverage with your spouse and set aside a few hours for quality time involving board games, a favorite old movie, or long conversation.
“Both husband and wife should try to renew their love day after day, and that is done through sacrifice, with smiles, and also with ingenuity.” – St. Josemaria Escriva
One way to prepare spiritually for Jesus’ coming is to try to correct a bad habit. Have you been overly critical of your spouse? Judgmental? Too preoccupied to really listen? Pick one fault and work on it.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. Take a spiritual inventory of the past year with your spouse. Make a spiritual New Year’s Resolution for the new liturgical year to grow in holiness.
Instead of joining the craziness of Black Friday shopping, go through your belongings and set things aside to donate.
“And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth.” (Sir 50:22) There is no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with prayers of gratitude!
Today, make a list of things you love about each member of your family and share it with them.
Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Choose a favorite hymn to sing together. If anyone in your family is musically gifted, encourage them to share their gifts with your family today.
Fatigue and burnout can be a big adversary in married life. Make time for leisure and prayer.