Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 17:11-19) recounts the story of the ten lepers. All were healed, but only one returned to thank Jesus. For what can you thank your spouse today?
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.
Two secular magazines recently admitted women’s growing discontent with the Pill. Tired of the unpleasant side effects of hormonal contraception, some women are resorting to the withdrawal method as a way of preventing pregnancy; others are re-discovering fertility awareness-based methods. These trends suggest that the time is ripe to encourage men and women to reconsider the Church’s rich teaching on human sexuality.
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.
What prompts your beloved to cry? Nothing? Anything? A sad movie? How do you usually respond? Is it a welcome response?
What will your legacy be? Sara reflects here on the “little moments” of sacrifice for the good of her husband and son. “While small, these are tasks of monumental importance because it is through them that I will leave my legacy.”
Josh recently returned from a great weekend with his dad, watching baseball and making memories. In this post, he expresses his gratitude for the sacrifices Stacey made to let him have this trip: “I felt like she had my full thriving in mind – that she wanted the best for me, regardless of what that might mean for her.”
Does one of you desire more creature comforts than the other? Be flexible. Can you accept what you have, whether a lot or a little?
Learn something from a child today. From an infant it might be to let others care for you; from a school age child it could be a technology tip, teens can cue you to a cutting edge movie, from a young adult it might be an insight about relationships.
Do you feel anxious about something today? Sharing it can lessen its power. Look for a positive thought to balance your anxiety.
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 this website.
Gifts on birthdays and Christmas are fine, but a surprise trinket/flowers may be even more delightful.
How do you use the “waiting” times of your life? Waiting for your spouse to get dressed or put on makeup? Waiting at the doctor’s office, red lights, commercials, or check out lanes? Use these as a prompt to pray rather than getting impatient.
In this book, popular authors Greg and Lisa Popcak offer solid advice to newly-married couples. They cover topics such as conflict, sex, and prayer.
Share a childhood memory with your beloved. What was your favorite song, TV show, toy, or outdoor activity? Is it possible to recreate it for a date?
“Lately, I’ve noticed myself becoming dissatisfied with Facebook,” writes Sara. “If I want to make a difference in the world, I need to think smaller…I need to focus on the people I encounter in person on a regular basis.”
Today’s feast of the Guardian Angels reminds us of God’s care for us. Sometimes it’s hard to trust that God is with us in difficult times. Have you felt God’s presence during a rough patch in your marriage and family life?
A phone call during her workday, from her sick son, illuminated the “internal contradiction” Stacey feels between her identity as a mother and her weekday work responsibilities. In this post, she reflects on the challenge of reconciling motherhood and work outside the home – a challenge well-known to many.
It’s usually easy to pray for our own children. Their needs are so apparent to us. October is Respect Life Month. Pray today for all children in our world, both born and unborn, and for all lives that are threatened or suffering.
What’s your spouse’s favorite flower or snack? Surprise her/him with it.
In today’s reading, the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19-31), Jesus challenges our attitudes towards the poor. How has your marriage been a blessing to someone in need? Is there something you can do today?
Do you know a childhood disappointment of your beloved? A goal or dream that was never achieved? If not, ask. Console. Is it too late?”
“Before we were married I expected that Rita would always be ready for sex when I was and that we would do it the way they vote in Chicago – early and often.” (Bob Boeke) Over time sexual desires can diverge. The cure? Patience, creativity, and compromise.
In a now-famous interview, Pope Francis shared many insights about marriage and the family. David Gibson writes about the Holy Father’s take on community, patience, “daily sanctity,” and more.
Over the years spouses learn little tricks to make life together work more smoothly. Are there any adjustments you’ve decided to make to accommodate your beloved’s idiosyncrasies like timing, temperature, eating, or sleeping preferences?