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“But you, O Lord, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me” (Ps 22:20). With your spouse, discern one area of your relationship where there is a lack of trust and make a conscientious effort to strengthen that area, with God as the foundation.
St. Joseph was obedient to God, even when the future was uncertain. This total abandonment to the Father’s will is challenging. Talk about decisions you have made that required this obedience. Maybe you’re being asked to trust right now.
What was the last thing you discovered about your spouse? Let them know that he/she is a wonder to love.
Pope Francis looks to Saint Patrick as an example for young people and newlyweds to remain firm in their faith and boldly proclaim the Gospel.
St. Patrick was a missionary. Your family is called to be missionary, too! Invite another family (or someone without a family) to join you for one of the Holy Week liturgies.
Lenten check-in, week 6: Lent is coming to a close. For the last two weeks of Lent, incorporate a daily self-sacrifice that you can make for your family.
Look for ways to break down routine “ruts”. Ask your spouse how his or her day was, with different questions such as “What was the most interesting thing you did today? Who did you talk with?” etc.
There aren’t too many ways to say I love you! Leave a note for your spouse in his or her lunch box or briefcase/purse as a reminder of how much you love him or her.
“For I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink” (Is 43:20). God provides for all of our needs; do you trust Him to do so for your family or do you rely on your own merits and work?
Tonight, gather your family to say a special prayer for your family’s continued growth, strengthening, and trust in God.
Helping her grown daughter and son-in-law move into their first purchased home, Mary Jo reflects on the many cherished memories “home” brings up for her.
“I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to a family with faces full of makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion.” – Pope Francis
Love is humble, and humility acknowledges that we are not perfect. Take the time to ask for forgiveness from your spouse if you have hurt him or her.
Lenten check-in, week 5: Is service a part of your Lent? It’s not too late! Make this Saturday a day of service with your family, even if it’s something small.
Add something to your morning routine that makes leaving for work a little extra special. Maybe a breakfast treat or extra prayers together.
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity loved God more than life itself. Share an experience with your spouse of when your faith called you to die to yourself.
“Whoever is in Christ is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). The Sacrament of Confession is a wonderful gift in which God offers us the opportunity to be made new. Consider going with your family this week.
Make your spouse’s favorite dinner tonight – just to celebrate how much they mean to you.
Studies show that arguing/fighting is helpful for the growth of a couple when both persons feel understood. Keep a listening ear open when disagreements arise, and be gentle.
“Love is not easy, it is not easy, but the most beautiful thing is when a man and a woman can offer each other true love and offer it for life.” – Pope Francis
Katie & Tommy’s marriage preparation class inspired some deep thoughts on the purpose of marriage, vocation, and even the meaning of life.
Lenten check-in, week 4: We are half-way through Lent. Use this milestone as the opportunity to encourage your family to approach your Lenten resolutions with renewed vigor.
Not all impulses are bad! Next time you have a good impulse to be affectionate to your spouse, act on it, even if it’s something small!
A Short Guide to Praying as a Family is a marvelous how-to guide for families who want to pray together but don’t know how, as well as for families who do pray together and want to progress even further in their shared life of prayer.
God provides when you least expect it. Stacey reflects on God’s care for her family before she and Joshua knew what to expect.