Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
In the midst of preparation for tomorrow’s celebration, set aside some time to pray with your spouse. Ask Jesus to open your hearts to the glory of His Resurrection.
Christ loved us to the point of death, even death on a cross. In Christian marriage, spouses are called to love each other as Christ loves the Church.
Joy Smith looks at some problems that plague young men from working class families, specifically those in Chattanooga, TN and how employment, education, family life, and marriage are intertwined.
At the Last Supper, Christ washed the feet of the apostles. What is one way you can “wash the feet” of your spouse this week? (Meaning, be humble and serve him or her with a generous heart.)
Consider doing a closet clean-out: if you have clothes that you do not wear or wear often, donate them.
Kathleen reflects on her experience with her husband Troy of learning how to dance – in marriage. Requiring hard work and acute awareness of the other, Kathleen delights in the rhythm of marital life.
Gather your family to reflect on the Passion tonight. Take turns reading from the Gospel of John (Jn 19:17-34) and silently reflecting or sharing thoughts.
What are some things that make you stressed? Are you prioritizing them too highly? Talk with your spouse about them and seek detachment.
“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.