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In his daily homily, Pope Francis encouraged women in their important role of passing down the faith to the children in their care.
The internet and social media can enrich our lives, but they can also threaten your marriage. It’s not only pornography or finding old flames on Facebook, but also the time taken from interaction with your beloved. Agree on mutual limits to screen time.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” (Mk 1:17) Christ is continually calling us to follow him. To what is He calling you and your spouse to right now?
St. Francis de Sales’ spiritual classic, “Introduction to the Devout Life,” was written to encourage men and women to live holy lives in the midst of their daily occupations. Remember: you are called to holiness!
In his message for the 49th World Communications Day, Pope Francis highlights the family’s unique role as the place in which all humans first learn to communicate. In this capacity the family has the privilege of teaching its members how to carry the witness of loving communication into the larger society.
Pope Francis reflected on the image of the Holy Child Jesus, who he said reminds us of our identity as children of God. He also spoke of the need to protect families in our world today and welcome children as Christ did.
(Reader’s Tip) Every anniversary we write love letters to each other and take a “couple” picture. Put them together in a binder to treasure for years to come.
Today on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we remember the lives lost to abortion. The family is the “sanctuary of life.” Pray with your family for an end to abortion, and for those grieving a child lost to abortion.
Pope Francis reflected on the need to build societies upon the foundations of human values and rights, insisting that the family has a fundamental role in doing so.
The National Marriage Project identified 10 key factors linked to successfully combining marriage and parenthood. The last three are: the support of friends and family, a sound economic foundation, and quality family time. Which is your weakest?
(Reader’s Tip) I try once a day to write my wife a text or a note to tell her I love her. She does the same for me.
Couples separated by distance have blessings and challenges. Absence can make the heart grow fonder, but it can also cause loneliness and temptations. Plan ways to keep close even when you’re far away.
“How do you know me?” (John 1:48) While learning about the other person is generally associated with the dating period, continuing to ask and learn about your spouse is an essential part of marriage. Ask questions. Tell stories. Keep learning about your beloved.
After you are blessed with a child (or children), you may think you don’t have time or money for a regular date night. Do it anyway. Think of it as an investment in your marriage.
In a Meeting with Families in the Philippines, Pope Francis encouraged families to pray together, to overcome worldly threats, and to take the mission of the family out to others.
“There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12) Which gift does your beloved have in a special way: wisdom, faith, the ability to heal, industriousness, intuition, decision making skills, communication? Affirm him or her.
Some great advice from Josh about praying as a couple and with children, even when prayer styles vary greatly in the family.
The early years of marriage require adjustments and compromises. “My way is the right way” will only lock you into fights. Make sure it’s not always you or your spouse yielding to the will of the other.
Are you in the post-holiday doldrums? Go out of your way to do something nice for your spouse, or for a person in need. Love chases away gloom!
(Reader’s Tip) Praying together as a couple and a family has carried us through some tough years. We always try to attend Mass together.
“And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11) Let your spouse know when you are proud of them and why. It is important to show that you recognize what they are doing for you, your family, and others. They will appreciate your recognition […]
Tomorrow is the Baptism of the Lord. Do you know the date of your baptism, and that of your children? Consider celebrating those dates, and pray today for further graces of Baptism in your lives.
(Reader’s Tip) Compromise, saying “yes,” and the occasional “you look beautiful” have made the last 26 years together a walk in the park.
In his first Audience of 2015, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of motherhood for children and all of society.
Maybe your marriage is feeling wear and tear these days. Don’t throw in the towel! Try Retrouvaille or The Third Option. If you don’t need it, pass the information on to a couple who does.