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August 21, 2014

Time Out Part 4: After taking a time out, come back together, now with calmer emotions.  If another time out is needed, take it!  But don’t avoid the issue indefinitely.


Do what You want with me

God’s plan…or our plan? Donna writes about the challenges of saying with Mary, “Thy will be done.”


August 20, 2014

Time Out Part 3: Did you know that physiologically it takes 20 minutes to calm down after getting upset?  Time outs give your spouse a chance to “re-set” and be their true, better self.


August 19, 2014

Time Out Part 2: Call a timeout on yourself when you feel yourself getting agitated.  Take 20 minutes to do something calming: pray, breathe deeply, walk.  Stepping away is an act of love.


In Korea: Words for Youth & Laity

In an apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis spoke of marriage and family life as a “call” and he encouraged Christians to support marriages and families.


August 18, 2014

Time Out Part 1: Ever shaken a can of soda and then opened it?  Pretty messy!  Emotions can be like that.  Once riled up, we’re liable to say or do something “messy.”  One solution: take a time out.


August 17, 2014

“But the woman came and did him homage, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ (Mt 15:25)  Have the humility to come to God when you are struggling with problems in your family and life.


August 16, 2014

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 have some time alone, cool off, sleep on it and then come back with more positive feelings.


August 15, 2014

We celebrate the Assumption today, a Marian Solemnity.  It is a great day to pray a family rosary.  Have a special dessert too, in honor of our Blessed Mother.


August 14, 2014

St. Maximilian Kolbe made the ultimate sacrifice, giving up his life for a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz.  Marriage gives us daily opportunities for sacrifice. How can you better love your spouse and children today?


The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

Sara and Anthony are married! Sara writes about their final days of preparation and the biggest lesson they learned.


August 13, 2014

In parenting, 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.


A no-nuptial safety net?

Emily Macke examines a new trend in non-marital relationships to set up a contract for what happens to the couple’s assets if they break up.


August 12, 2014

(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, 2014

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).


August 10, 2014

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Mt 14:31) Do you have doubts or concerns about your marriage? 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 together.


August 9, 2014

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?


August 8, 2014

Marriages can suffer from bad habits or “ruts.” Can you identify a rut that you’ve slipped into in your marriage? (Habits of criticism or defensiveness, old grudges held too long.) Ask forgiveness and strive for change.


August 7, 2014

“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 OK way to let off steam, but try to balance it with expressions of gratitude.


Center of Love

Pope Francis spoke of the family as the “center of love” in a beautiful message to the Latin American Congress on the Pastoral Care of the Family.


August 6, 2014

Today we remember the bombing of Hiroshima. Nuclear war destroys everything – lives, vegetation, genes, the future. Don’t “go nuclear” on your spouse. Stop before your anger escalates. How do you cool down when irritated? A walk? Music? A bath?


August 5, 2014

Parents, share your love of music, sports, fishing with your children…but give them room to develop their own hobbies and interests too.


Family Sundays

Sunday is meant to be a day of rest and worship but how many of us actually use it as so? Mary Jo reflects on how Family Sundays have allowed her family to grow in love of family and God.


August 4, 2014

(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, 2014

“He withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” (Mt 14:13)  It is important that we take time to pray and to be alone, even in our relationships. Discuss with your spouse different ways that you can both take time to be alone and have personal reflection time.


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