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October 2, 2015

What’s your decision-making style? Slow or fast? Do you weigh the pros and cons? Go with your gut feeling? How does your style mesh with that of your spouse? Being similar can make life easier, but being different can often help see different angles of the situation.

October 1, 2015

It’s usually easy to pray for your own children; their needs are so apparent. October is Respect Life Month. Pray today, not only for your own children, but for all children in our world, especially the unborn.

Papal Visit Wrap-Up

Pope Francis spoke multiple times about marriage and the family during his visit to the U.S. – read them all here!

September 30, 2015

Research says it takes five positive comments to counteract one negative. Try keeping track for one day, and seek to affirm more than criticize.

September 29, 2015

Today, on the feast of the Archangels, ask for their protection over your marriage and family. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

September 28, 2015

Who usually has the final word in an argument or family decision? If it doesn’t balance out, check if one of you is taking unfair advantage of the other. Somebody may be talking too much.

September 27, 2015

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna.” (Mark 9:43) If your spouse is struggling with a sin, pray for them and encourage them to seek help.

September 26, 2015

Have you ever sought professional help for troubles between you? Perhaps you don’t need it, but don’t let pride or procrastination rob you of the chance to learn new skills and heal.

September 25, 2015

What prompts your beloved to cry? Nothing? Anything? A sad movie? How do you usually respond? Sharing one’s deepest feelings builds intimacy.

September 24, 2015

Do you know a childhood disappointment of your beloved? A goal or dream that was never achieved? If not, ask. Console. Maybe it’s not too late.

Dealing with the Empty Nest, with Prayer

Are you an empty-nest parent? Dennis and Mary Jo found themselves at that stage of life recently. Dennis writes that the best gift he can give his children now is praying for them.

September 23, 2015

What is your role in marital disputes – the problem solver, peacemaker, challenger? Are you satisfied with how you solve disagreements? If not, it’s easy to get helpful ideas from For Your Marriage.

September 22, 2015

Gifts on birthdays and Christmas are fine, but a surprise trinket/flowers may be even more delightful.

September 21, 2015

How do you use the “waiting” times of your life? Waiting for your spouse to get ready? Waiting at the doctor’s office, red lights, or check-out lanes? Use these times to pray rather than getting impatient.

September 20, 2015

“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.” (Mk 9:37) Your children are God’s gift to you, and loving them is a way to serve the Lord. Receive them into your marriage and show them Christ’s love.

September 19, 2015

Fighting Fair Tip: Pick a good time. That probably means not when one spouse is about to leave the house or just getting home from work. Sleep deprived or frantically busy spouses don’t make receptive listeners either. When is a good time for you?

September 18, 2015

“Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” (Phil 2:3) Humility is a great asset in marriage, seeking to serve rather than be served. Open your heart to the needs of your spouse.

Try Faith – It Works!

What does it mean to live one’s faith today? Tim uses the story of a sledding adventure to illustrate the adventure of wholeheartedly trusting in God.

September 17, 2015

“Have no anxiety at all…if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phil 4:6-8) What do you feel anxious about today? Sharing it can lessen its power. Praying helps, too!

On the Universal Importance of the Family

In this concluding address to his series on the family, Pope Francis emphasized the family’s importance for the whole world: God’s promise is still and always valid.

September 16, 2015

What’s your spouse’s favorite flower or snack? Surprise her/him with it.

September 15, 2015

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary knew sadness, loss, and hardship. Ask her for help today to bear your trials bravely.

September 14, 2015

Lift high the Cross! Do you have a crucifix in a prominent place in your home? Seeing Jesus’ sacrifice is a great reminder of the love spouses are called to every day.

September 13, 2015

“You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” (Mk 8:33) We are not always capable of understanding the way in which God works. But we must always trust and remain faithful to Him, despite our lack of understanding. He will not lead us astray.

September 12, 2015

Christ died for us. Spouses give their lives daily for each other, and parents for their children. Your sacrifices are worthwhile!

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