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April 17, 2016

“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all” (Jn 10:29). God has placed us in the care of Christ; pray with your spouse to place your hardships in his hands.

April 16, 2016

When things are really busy, take fifteen minutes for each other, even if it’s only once a week. Make this time together a top priority.

April 15, 2016

When it comes time to apologize, try incorporating empathy, and acknowledge rules or promises that were broken. This leads to restoration of relationships.

April 14, 2016

Now that the weather is warming up, plan a picnic! It’s a great way to spend some quality time together. Make it a just-for-two date or bring the whole family.

April 13, 2016

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin Keep conversation light by laughing at your spouse’s jokes. And say some too!

“Let the Children Come to Me”

Dennis reflects on the innocence and purity of a child’s prayer. His experiences as a grandfather have encouraged him to renew a childlike trust in God. He challenges us to do the same.

“Amoris Laetitia”: The Joy of Love

It’s here! Pope Francis’s prayerful reflections on marriage and the family will give married couples and families much solid guidance in their vocation of love.

April 12, 2016

When conflicts arise, use open-ended questions that allow your spouse to voice his/her feelings and opinions honestly. Avoid asking questions in a demanding tone.

April 11, 2016

Write a poem to your spouse. Even if you are not creative, you can write it with love!

April 10, 2016

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing” (Rev 5:12). How can your family give God honor and glory? Offer up your Sunday for His glory.

April 9, 2016

Instead of pointing out faults you see in your spouse, offer ways for improvement. When your spouse does this, be open to his/her feedback.

April 8, 2016

Organize a sport or game night and invite your friends. Friendly competition can be a great way to spend time with differing personalities.

April 7, 2016

Add an extra prayer to your daily routine, asking God to bless your spouse’s day.

April 6, 2016

Consider going the extra mile to spend time with a family member your spouse wants to visit.

Jesus, I Trust in You

What are the chances of meeting your future spouse if they live 1,226 miles away? Katie shares her experience and God’s hand in meeting Tommy. Read about their journey to each other through trust in Christ.

April 5, 2016

Thank your spouse for the lifelong journey he/she chose to take with you – just because.

April 4, 2016

Communication is an area where there can always be improvement. Talk with your spouse about ways you can communicate better or times when you don’t feel “heard.”

April 3, 2016

“The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” (Jn 20:20b). Jesus is present in your spouse. Rejoice when you see him/her!

April 2, 2016

If something does not go well in a conversation, or a comment falls through the cracks, ask your spouse for clarification. Avoid assumptions that attribute negative motives to your spouse.

Not Just Good, but Beautiful

Providing both interreligious and intercultural insights, Not Just Good but Beautiful offers a compilation of reflections on the complementarity of man and woman.

April 1, 2016

Some people like surprises and some people don’t. What does your spouse prefer? Be playful today, while being respectful of their preferences.

Release of Papal Document on Family Life Anticipated

On April 8, 2016, the Vatican plans to issue Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the Holy Father’s reflection on marriage and family life.

March 31, 2016

Spring is starting to show! Make the effort to get some extra rays of sunshine with your spouse – it betters your mood and is a simple pleasure.

March 30, 2016

Visit an elderly family member or someone who does not get out as much and bring your family and the joy of Easter, too.

Benevolent Fictional Patrons of Important Christian Holidays

How does your family handle the Easter bunny and other cultural, non-religious traditions? Josh provides some insight from their family.

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