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August 17, 2017

When a marriage is in a rut, it may be tempting to think that a different person will bring more the “refresh” button with your spouse and try something new together.

August 16, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Over the 8+ years we’ve been married we’ve lived by the motto that we don’t always have to like each other, but we always love each other.

August 15, 2017

“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Lk 11:28) Today is a Holy Day of Obligation, when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, where she intercedes for her children on earth. Go to Mass as a family today and ask for Mary’s […]

August 14, 2017

What has been a low or dry point in your relationship with your beloved? How did you get through it? If you’re still in a desert, ask for help – from your spouse, God, or from a counselor (no shame in that).

August 13, 2017

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Do you have doubts or concerns about your marriage? Have faith in Christ that it can be restored. Consider enhancing or healing your marriage by checking out some of the resources on our page. Even if your marriage is going well, consider going on a retreat […]

August 12, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Like your spouse for who he/she is as a person. When I’m really angry at my husband, I realize what kind of man he is and I thank God he chose me to be his wife.

August 11, 2017

St. Paul exhorts us to remove all bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, abuse, and malice from our relationships. Instead, cultivate kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. (Eph. 4:31-32). Strive to follow this advice today.

August 10, 2017

“We need to pray that married couples will love their vocation, even when the road becomes difficult.” (St. John Paul II) How can you be a spiritual and practical support for other couples and families who are struggling?

August 9, 2017

Ruts are the bad side of habits, but marriage can have happy routines. (He always starts the coffee or she remembers to send cards on special days.) What “niceties” have become regular habits in your marriage?

Building a Treehouse and Character

The Noems had a big summer project: building a treehouse in their back yard! Josh reflects on how this has been a learning experience for his kids and a wonderful family labor of love.

August 8, 2017

“The Seven Year Itch” is a movie but not a myth. Marriages can suffer from routine and ruts. Can you identify a rut that you’ve slipped into in your marriage? Change it up, and be creative.

August 7, 2017

“The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses.” (Ex 4:12) It’s tempting to grumble against one’s spouse, or even God, when things aren’t going well. An occasional grumble can be an okay way to let off steam, but try to balance it with expressions of gratitude and good cheer.

August 6, 2017

“And He was transfigured before them.” (Mt 17:2) Even on earth, we can catch glimpses of heavenly glory with the eyes of faith. Pray that you and your family may see the glory of the Lord in every aspect of your lives.

August 5, 2017

Give your children choices whenever practical. It helps them develop decision making skills. Just make sure you only give your child a choice that you’re willing to live with as a parent.

Being Intentional about our Time as Newlyweds

Since getting married at the end of June, Brooke and Tim have been in a time of transition into a new home, new jobs, and a new way of life. Brooke shares three ways she and her new husband have been intentional in being present to each other in their married life.

August 4, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Approach everything—work, school, obstacle or victory—as a team. Support each other in times of difficulty and share with each other times of success.

August 3, 2017

Be careful how you express your most dearly held values to your children. Sometimes parents impose them too rigidly and in an extreme way. Yes, share your love of sports, music, and most of all your faith…but listen to what’s in their hearts too.

August 2, 2017

When all else fails, WAIT. When things aren’t going well in your marriage – and there are bound to be those days – give it time. Sometimes we need to just cool off, sleep on it and then come back with more positive feelings.

The Dude’s Guide To Marriage: Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop To Love His Wife Well

Darrin and Amie Patrick offer both single and married men concrete ways to become better men and strengthen their marriages. Although written from an evangelical Christian perspective, “The Dude’s Guide to Marriage” offers insight and support to help men become happier and holier.

August 1, 2017

Sometimes, when we complement each other well, our spouse can seem like an angel. Other times, our differences can cause struggles and harsh words. Remember the former when you are in the latter state.

July 31, 2017

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, encouraged meditation on the Scriptures by placing yourself in the midst of a Scriptural text and picturing the scene in great detail. Try this today with your spouse and children.

July 30, 2017

“What is bad they throw away.” (Mt 13:48) Are there circumstances in your life that are inhibiting your relationship with your beloved? These could be serious like addictions or simple like focusing more on your phone than your spouse. Recognize what stands between you and your spouse and throw them away.

July 29, 2017

“In studying NFP in the context of the Theology of the Body, both of us have become more open to each other, to God, and to children.” – Michael and Alysha, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek

July 28, 2017

“My husband, Frank, and I have learned that our sexual union should be focused on giving rather than getting. NFP provided the environment to live this out.” – Jennifer, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek

July 27, 2017

“NFP grew our relationship with each other and with God in ways we never expected.” – Tom, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek

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