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Take time to watch your spouse’s reactions to things you and others do. Be aware of his/her feelings and desires
Kathleen’s husband Troy travels for about 60% of his job. Here are six tried-and-true tips of how they keep their marriage strong even when they’re apart for much of the time.
Continue to honor Mary this month: gather your family to pray a rosary this evening for strength to witness to the Church’s teaching in your community.
Weed out your garden and weed out your bad habits. Work through these and pray about them with your spouse.
This Spring, try something old and something new: Visit your childhood playground and your spouse’s favorite candy shop!
In the midst of an argument, reach out to your spouse. Physical touch can’t fix everything, but it can alleviate tension.
“[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit’” (Jn 20:21-22). Today is the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came and flooded the early Church […]
Go for a morning walk with your spouse, and enjoy the quiet time together. You can even make it a date by walking to a donut shop or other tasty destination.
Intentionality applies to word choice as well. When you are talking to your spouse, make sure your tone and language reflect love. Avoid accusatory or defensive language and use unique language that lets your spouse know s/he is special.
Intentionality goes a long way. Think about your spouse when you make decisions, even if they are small ones, like when to fill up the gas tank or what channel to watch, or big ones, such as plans with friends or vacation spots.
After work today, do one of your spouse’s chores before you settle down to relax; make sure their comfort and relaxation is ranked as highly as your own.
Mary Jo reflects on Pope Francis’s advice to parents to make memories with their families in her own family’s experience on vacation in Toronto.
Spring and summer are great times to start new hobbies. Talk with your spouse about your interests and pick a new hobby to do together.
Negative thoughts and comments fuel themselves. Break the cycle by focusing on things you appreciate.
“Lifting his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying, ‘Father, they are your gift to me’” (Jn 17:24). Jesus viewed his disciples as gifts from the Father. Do you see your spouse as a gift from your heavenly Father? Take today to thank God for each other.
Make boring chores fun by doing them with your spouse and turning on your favorite music, or make it a race to finish first!
Make today a lunch date! If you can’t meet during your lunch breaks, consider ordering out for your spouse.
Balancing preferences in marriage can be tough. Never speaking your preference might cause resentment in you, but never yielding can hurt your spouse. Check in with your spouse to make sure each of you feels heard.
May is the month of Our Lady. Make this month an opportunity to increase your family’s devotion to her – pray a Hail Mary or a decade of the Rosary together each day.
Seeing life not as a collection of single ‘big’ moments, soon-to-be-married Tommy reflects on how Katie and he have grown together and in knowledge of each other.
Plan a “field trip” for the family! It can be educational, or take advantage of the early spring deals to theme parks and other fun places.
Find a daily Mass that fits both of your work schedules and make going together a priority one day this week. It’s a great way to start the day or begin the evening!
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you’” (Jn 14:27) Is there peace in your household? Reflect on today’s Gospel with your family. Share reactions to the promise of peace Jesus gives.
Dawn Eden’s The Thrill of the Chaste sheds light on the struggles of chastity and provides insight into the daily process of conversion of heart in a narrative manner which is sure to be engaging.
Have you washed the car recently? Make the task a bonding moment, and don’t be afraid of getting messy!