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You think you’re right. Your spouse thinks the opposite. Neither of you wins by making the other wrong. Try giving the benefit of the doubt to your beloved. Try it their way – at least once.
(Reader’s Tip) When you get frustrated, pray for understanding.
Often the simple act of rebooting can remedy a computer problem. Sometimes marriages need a reboot. If a problem is not resolving readily, try this: Stop. Let both of you cool off. Forgive. Ask for a “do over.”
Using Natural Family Planning (NFP) helps couples develop an attitude of welcoming children. NFP can also be used to space or limit family size, but an open heart goes a long way.
Today we remember the men and women who sacrificed for our country. Pray today for military families who have lost a spouse or child, or who are far away from loved ones.
“Receive the holy Spirit.” (John 20:22) The Holy Spirit is a powerful presence in our lives. Invite the Holy Spirit to work in your marriage and to lead you on the path to holiness.
(Reader’s Tip) When he has long workdays, I surprise him and drop off special treats at his office. It always re-energizes him, physically and mentally.
Is your entertainment time ruled by “screens”? Take a break. Use screen-free time as a way to reignite romance and reunite your family the old fashioned way – with conversation, games, and creative fun.
As part of his continuing reflections on the family, the pope exhorts parents to educate their children.
Men, when is the last time you held the door for your wife? Dennis reflects on how courtesy and respect go a long way in marriage.
You’ve probably heard of the advice: “Never go to bed angry.” Although generally this is a fine rule, sometimes a good night’s sleep can provide a cooling off period and help you get fresh perspective.
Speaking to a group of consecrated men and women, Pope Francis highlighted the relationship between the consecrated life and marriage, and the importance of women’s “feminine genius” in the Church.
When you and your spouse are at loggerheads, it’s hard to remember that your beloved is your beloved – not your enemy. He or she isn’t trying to be difficult, but just trying to say that something is very important to him/her. Listen to the need.
(Reader’s Tip) When you wake up in the morning, think of something you can do that would make your beloved’s day better. It can be big and special or small and helpful.
Sometime we stress ourselves (and therefore our spouse and children) by worrying about things that don’t really matter in the long run, such as compulsive neatness, wealth, or fame. Are you guilty of giving undue attention to things that will pass?
“Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Are you always honest with your spouse? Do not lie to them – even if it is a “harmless” lie. We are called to proclaim the truth.
(Reader’s Tip) Pray together daily, listen to each other and wait to respond until the other is finished speaking.
Your spouse is not your competitor. Too often couples keep score on who cleaned more, took care of the kids last, or has the hardest job. Remember: you’re both on the same team. If somebody wins an argument, that means the other lost. The marriage loses.
Every married couple has a mission! Megan and Juan are discovering theirs through the process of marriage preparation with a mentor couple.
Pope Francis talks again about the three most important words for married couples and families.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit for help today to be authentic witnesses of the Gospel in your marriage and family.
Sometimes couples get lucky and their personalities and families of origin mesh seamlessly. That’s rare. The blessing of having difficulties is that it forces the virtues of conflict resolution skills and dying to self. It can hurt but it’s a spiritual purification.
(Reader’s Tip) Love the whole person, especially their weaknesses.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid…I am going away and I will come back to you.” (John 14: 27-29) Separations like business trips or military deployments can strain a marriage. Plan a daily way to reconnect even if it is simply to pick a common time to pray for each other.
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” (John 15:12) Christ loves you and your spouse more than we can ever imagine. Just think of how glad He is to see you and your spouse love each other. Continue to love each other and to serve Him.