Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
(Reader’s Tip) Use the phrase “Praised be Jesus Christ” as the first and last words of each day to your spouse and children.
On the Malawi bishops’ Ad Limina Visit, Pope Francis spoke with them about the importance of their commitment to family life. “There is no aspect of family life…which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love,” he said.
(Reader’s Tip) I show my wife how much I love and appreciate her each day by lovingly waking her, making breakfast, and starting her car on cold mornings.
St. Martin of Tours gave half his cloak to a beggar, and dreamt that night that the beggar was Christ. Together with your family, do an act of mercy for someone today, knowing that you are serving Christ.
Hoping for a baby? For some couples pregnancy comes easily but for those eagerly waiting, it can be physically and emotionally draining. Natural Family Planning can help couples identify their most fertile days and Naprotechnology can address underlying medical issues.
What role does Mass play in your home? Do you and your spouse go to Mass together? Discuss why you go to Mass and what it means to each of you.
(Reader’s Tip) Embrace the Cross. Marriage, like any vocation, is a path to holiness, with its sorrows as well as joys.
In a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers, Pope Francis discussed the need to make the declaration of nullity (annulment) process more efficient and less expensive.
Romance: repeat what works, but not too much. Some spouses love candlelight, flowers, or chocolate. Others love massages, fancy dinners, or words of love. Once you know, do it, but remember that surprises and breaking a pattern can be delightful.
November is National Adoption Month. Are you an adoptive parent, or do you know families who have adopted? Pray today for those awaiting the gift of adoption, as well as for mothers and fathers considering an adoption plan for their child.
Josh tells the story of a Halloween night that could have gone horribly wrong, but instead turned into a beautiful family experience.
(Reader’s Tip) Celebrate achievements that you know are important to your spouse. Let your kids know when and why you are proud of each other, especially when it is for things that might not be important to anyone else.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk 12:31) This presumes that you do indeed have a humble but honest self-love. Keep yourself healthy as a gift to your spouse. This includes exercising and not smoking or drinking excessively.
Parenting is a full time job but it doesn’t pay the bills. For many parents it’s difficult to decide whether or not to work outside the home. If you are not yet a parent, but hope to be, consider living on one income to make staying at home a viable choice.
“May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.” Take time today, on All Souls’ Day, to pray for your family’s beloved dead. Reminisce about their impact in your lives.
What God Has Joined: A Catholic Teaching on Marriage covers the topics of the nature of the Sacrament, questions of sexual morality, how the Sacrament can be lived out, difficult questions concerning marriage and the marriage preparation process.
“We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1). On All Saint’s Day, ask a married saint to help you live your vocation well. Suggestions: St. Gianna Molla, St. Thomas More, or St. Rita of Cascia.
Halloween is a time when adults and kids get to play and pretend. If you could be any famous couple in history, who would it be? Why?
Speaking to an ecclesial movement on their 100th anniversary, Pope Francis highlighted the challenges marriage is facing.
“Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” (Joanne Woodward) Think of a way to help your honey laugh today.
An interesting new study looks at how text messaging changes when a couple gets married. Does this apply to you?
Nagging is hard on a marriage. Try patience and gentleness on the one hand, attentiveness and follow-through on the other.
Spouses needn’t know where each other is every hour of the day, but it’s nice to know each other’s daily routines. Pick a common time during the day to pause and hold each other in prayer for 10 seconds.
As the fall season surrounds us, Mary Jo reflects on the changing seasons of family life and how family members’ actions are called to reflect their love for one another in times of both joy and trial.
(Reader’s Tip) You do not have to like your spouse 100% of the time, but love them with all your heart.