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Womanhood: Equality and Difference

Pope Francis highlighted the unique nature of womanhood by reflecting on equal yet distinct characteristics.

Planning the “Perfect” Wedding

It is easy to get caught up in the details of wedding planning, yet Megan is trying to focus her sights on the bigger picture: the Sacrament of Marriage.

February 23, 2015

One way to sacrifice in Lent is to take stock of what you have but do not need. What can you give up so that others may benefit? Start with your own closet and see if it catches on in your family.

February 22, 2015

“He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” (Mk 1:13) There are many temptations that surround us daily. When faced with an evil temptation, turn to God and He will lead. Encourage your spouse to also avoid temptation.

February 21, 2015

The devil tempted Jesus with food, power, glory, and safety. (Lk 4:1-13) What is the greatest temptation to your marriage? Overwork? Inattentiveness? Sports? Technology? Worry about finances, the kids, security? Face it together.

February 20, 2015

During Lent, Christians reflect on Jesus’s 40 days in the desert. Deserts are lonely places where we have to face ourselves, flaws and all. Give each other some quiet personal time to ponder this mystery today.

On Brothers and Sisters

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the bond between siblings.

February 19, 2015

Lent is a time to take stock of our lives. It’s a great time to go to confession. Schedule a time for confession on your calendar – today. Even better, try to go together with your spouse and children.

Marriage Maintenance

“A marriage needs maintenance much like a home,” writes Tim. A fitting reflection as we start the season of Lent, a time of attentive maintenance to our spiritual lives!

February 18, 2015

Today we begin the penitential season of Lent. As you reflect on what personal penitential practice you might take on during Lent, also consider if there is something that you’d like to do as a team. Pray together, fast from sweets, no complaining…

February 17, 2015

Today is Mardi Gras – the feast before the fast. There are times of feasting and fasting in marriage also. What’s your favorite way to celebrate good times in your marriage? Can you surprise your honey with a treat today?

February 16, 2015

Who is your favorite President and why? Discuss with each other what heroic quality caused you to make your choice. How is your beloved heroic?

February 15, 2015

“A leper came to him…and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mk 1:40) Have you allowed God to clean you, and to heal your wounds? Be not afraid to come before Him.

February 14, 2015

Merchants make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Flowers, chocolate, and cards are nice, but often a moneyless gift from the heart can be more precious. Be creative. Surprise each other. You can still do chocolate!

February 13, 2015

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Have you thought about how you can go out of your way to show your spouse that you love them? Pray to St. Valentine for some inspiration!

The Gift of Children

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis talked about the great gift that children are to families and to society.

Restorative Niche Activities

Stacey shares how she and Josh take time to engage in their own fun activities to help restore their energy and motivation in their daily lives.

February 12, 2015

Laughter is one of the best stress reducers. Spouses can do this for each other by bringing a little comic relief when your beloved feels overworked or stressed out. You don’t have to be laugh-out-loud funny, just your usual corny self.

February 11, 2015

Marriage is not just a private affair, but a way for your love to impact the world. Just as Jesus told Simon to “put out into deep water…for a catch” (Lk 5:4), find a way to multiply your love through serving others today.

February 10, 2015

Midpoint of National Marriage Week: tell your spouse three things you appreciate about him or her.

February 9, 2015

How do you handle travel in your marriage? When one of you travels and the other stays home, how do you connect during your separation? Sharing stories of your time away from each other can be one of the sweetest ways to reconnect.

February 8, 2015

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” (Mk 1:35) Where and when is the best time for you to pray? In your room? In a chapel? Outside? In the morning? Before bed? Discuss with your spouse and encourage each other to pray daily.

February 7, 2015

Today is the start of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14). What is the best part about being married? Have you talked to your kids about the beauty of marriage?

February 6, 2015

Humor can lighten a stressful situation in life. Look for an opportunity today to lighten your beloved’s life with a touch of humor. Poke fun at yourself, or exaggerate a frustrating situation to the point of levity.

The Positive Roles of Fathers

Pope Francis continues his reflections on fatherhood by now speaking of the great vocation that Christian fathers are called to.

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