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August 18, 2015

How FREE are you and your family? Can you enjoy each other’s company without spending money? Can you have fun without depending on electricity? Explore free recreation next weekend. Sing and dance – or at least walk and talk.

August 17, 2015

Sexual intercourse is one of the joys of married love, but spouses’ sexual desires may differ. If (when) “desire discrepancy” appears in your marriage, sometimes one sacrifices for the love of the other. Sometimes it’s the reverse.

August 16, 2015

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (Jn 5:53) Teach your children the importance of the Eucharist. Celebrate their first Holy Communion and ensure that your family is always prepared to receive the Eucharist at […]

August 15, 2015

Mary’s “Yes” of the Annunciation was the vehicle for God’s entry into human history. Her Assumption brought her closer to God, and thus closer to all of us. Ask her for help today.

August 14, 2015

“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 16: 18) In marriage we hold the keys to each other’s heart. Spouses should also know each other’s Internet passwords lest one be tempted to lock out the other from personal conversations.

On Celebration in the Family

In his general audience on August 12, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the goodness of celebration, an occasion that reminds us of our likeness with God, especially when it involves the family.

August 13, 2015

When asked, “If you could come back as anyone after you die, who would it be?” Winston Churchill thought for a second, turned to his wife, and said, “Mrs. Churchill’s second husband.” Make a tribute to your spouse today.

August 12, 2015

St. Jane Frances de Chantal was a wife and mother who was widowed at age 28. Today, pray for those who have lost a spouse, and look for a concrete way to support them.

Tension in the Family Mediated by Grandparents

In an address to the Eucharistic Youth Movement on August 7, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the normalcy of tension within the family and urged that grandparents, whose patience and experience enables them to deal well with conflict, be included in the family.

Learning to Suffer Well

Mary Jo reflects on the grace of joining her suffering to Christ’s, a lesson she learned when she sought the solace of prayer and solitude at a lake while on vacation.

August 11, 2015

Temper Taming Tip #3: A child’s disobedience can trigger rage from a parent. Try pre-empting your anger with a plan. Inform your child (ideally after discussion) of what consequence will follow disobedience. Then don’t yell, just calmly enforce the plan.

August 10 ,2015

Temper Taming Tip #2: Noise can lower your resistance to anger. If whining, TV, roughhousing, or crowds are on your nerves, lower the decibel level. Call for a “Quiet Time Out.” For example, turn off the TV, have kids go outside (or to separate rooms). Talk softly yourself.

August 9, 2015

“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Stop murmuring among yourselves.’” (Jn 6:43) Do not gossip with your spouse or about your spouse. In doing so you are sinning as well as leading others into sin. Speak the truth with joy and kindness.

August 8, 2015

Temper Taming Tip #1: Check your own temperature first. Maybe you’re tired after a long day or feel stressed or worried. Try strengthening your resistance. Taking a short nap helps some. Others may listen to quiet music, take a bath or a walk. Experiment.

Our New Family

Megan muses about events surrounding her recent marriage, particularly focusing on the awe and joy she felt when she realized that she and Juan are now a “new tiny little family.”

Message to the Knights of Columbus

On August 1, 2015, Pope Francis sent a message to the Knights of Columbus for their 133rd Supreme Convention, thanking them for their defense of marriage and family life.

August 7, 2015

Treasure each moment with your beloved spouse. We know neither the day nor the hour when our loved one will be taken from us (tip sent by a recent widow).

On Ministry to Divorced and Remarried Catholics

On August 5, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about lovingly ministering to divorced and remarried Catholic and their families as the Good Shepherd would.

August 6, 2015

“Not everyone is going to be a friend, but no one needs to be an enemy.” (Susan Vogt) How do you, your spouse, and your children deal with people you don’t like? Avoid them? Pray for them? Try to understand them? Gossip about them? Confront them? Fight? Talk about it.

August 5, 2015

One version of the marriage vows states, “to have and to hold from this day forward.” Pay attention to that little word, “hold,” today. When times are tough or emotions raw, sometimes firmly and lovingly holding each other is the best comfort.

August 4, 2015

St. John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests. Does your family have a priest friend or two? Invite him over, celebrate his priesthood, and pray for him.

August 3, 2015

Self-deprecation can be disarming. Tell a silly story about yourself from your youth. If you have children, they may be relieved that you made mistakes, too. Teens often appreciate the role reversal. It might even generate an evening of reminiscing.

August 2, 2015

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.’” (Jn 6:35) If you and your family have hit hard financial times, do not despair. God will provide. Trust in Him to care for your family.

Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility

In Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love, Edward Sri tackles Karol Wotyła’s Love and Responsibility, summarizing the text about human sexuality and love in accessible language and offering his own practical insights.

August 1, 2015

Don’t “trash talk” your husband – even among your girlfriends. Don’t make fun of your wife – even when out with the guys. It may be tempting and just lighthearted banter, but as Stephen Covey says, “Be loyal to those not present.”

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