Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
“For we do not know how to pray as we ought.” (Rom 8:26) Prayer is good for anyone, at any time, but many couples aren’t sure how to pray together. It may feel like letting another into one’s private world. Check out 10 Pointers for Prayer or Who me, Pray?…With Her? for a start.
Don’t rush to supply activities when your child complains, “I don’t have anything to do!” A certain amount of boredom is a pre-requisite for creativity. Besides, you can run yourself ragged trying to entertain a child 24-7. Save energy for your honey.
“He was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mk 6:6) Are there areas in your life in which you are lacking faith? Are you lacking faith in areas of your marriage? Entrust them to Christ so that He may work in your life.
What does it mean to be “free” in a marriage? St. John Paul II said it means that Jesus frees us from our hardness of heart to live fully God’s plan for our marriages and families. What good news!
Some spouses need to bite their tongues more; others need to loosen their tongues and share more. Which are you? With time, hopefully you can find the middle ground that is “just right.”
“Your life is more than your work and your work is more than your job.” (From the song by the same name by Charlie King.) Is your ‘job’ getting in the way of your family relationships? Both are important, but as another song puts it, “Time is love.”
Catholic school counselor and creator of Faith Journeys Foundation Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski provides well-structured and interactive workbooks for children and adolescents experiencing their parents’ separation or divorce.
Marriage Challenge (esp. for older couples): health. Aches and pains are inevitable but remind yourself daily that you still have a spouse to love.
Josh reflects on recognizing bits of himself and his wife in the Pixar film Inside Out. Adults, too, can relate to children’s movies!
Marriage Challenge for older couples: Retirement, and the life changes that come with it. Humbly offer your life’s wisdom for the good of others; your experience is priceless.
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” (Albert Schweitzer) Is there a trait that you would like to foster in your spouse or child? How can you model that behavior this week in your own life?
“Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mark 5:35) Are you or a loved one suffering from an illness? This can cause stress and sorrow. Remain faithful and the Lord will provide the strength and comfort you need.
Does your spouse accuse you of being irresponsible? Sometimes it might just be a different personality style, but don’t ignore the criticism. It may hurt, but not addressing any truth that might be behind the charge can build resentment.
Marriage Challenge: While you may have settled in to a comfortable lifestyle, routines can get boring. Try something new together this week – a new food, recreation, book…
Are you a perfectionist? It’s natural to want to do a good job but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Tim recalls the sincere advice he and his wife gave to a newly married couple more than 10 years ago.
In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis addressed the wounds which radiate from a difficult relationship between parents to their children.
St. John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb when he heard the voice of Mary. Today, rejoice to hear your spouse’s voice, and pray together to hear God’s voice.
Marriage Challenge: Balancing couple, parent, work, and personal time. Which one gets the least attention in your marriage? Fix it.
Marriage Challenge, especially for those with both kids and ailing parents: As part of the “sandwich generation” don’t be afraid to ask for help to meet the needs of both your kids and your parents.
“Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:40) Do not doubt the Lord. Have faith. He will deliver you from danger and sorrow. You must simply trust in Him and have faith.
Tomorrow is Father’s Day. God bless all fathers! May they witness to God the Father’s love. And may men who desire fatherhood find ways to be fatherly to those in need around them.
If your child has a problem and wants your input, but you are caught off guard, try saying “Tell me more about that” or “What do you think you should do?” Responses like this can buy you time and clarify the situation. This works with spouses too.
In his general audience, Pope Francis speaks about how a hopeful response to death in the family can strengthen familial bonds.
Couples often have different internal clocks. Is one of you often ready to walk out of the house while the other decides to brush and floss? Be patient, and try matching each other’s pace.