Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
Married couples and priests need each other. Is there a priest in your life – your pastor, or a former teacher? – whom you could invite to dinner, or to a family event? Or make a point of remembering his ordination anniversary or birthday.
President’s Day can help us reflect: what does it mean to lead? What does it mean to protect and to seek the common good? These are questions for both presidents and spouses.
“Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger and abounding in kindness” (Ps 103:8). In these words, God gives married couples a blueprint for life together! Ask the Lord for help to love your spouse as God loves him/her.
Do you remember what Scriptures were read at your wedding? Look them up today and read them to each other. Do they say something different to you than they did on your wedding day?
“Your sins I remember no more” (Is 43:25). “Child, your sins are forgiven” (Mk 2:5). We humans hold grudges – but that is not the way of God, the way of love. Let go of an annoyance or fault of your beloved today. Don’t bring it up again.
The romance of love letters has not extinguished, even with the growth of technology. Kathleen shares an intimate love letter she wrote to her husband that reflects on the beauty of the marital covenant and sacrificial love of married life.
“Marriage is not merely a private institution.” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan) Marriage matters for many people beyond the married couple: children, neighbors, friends. Reflect today on all the lives your marriage has touched.
One of the most reliable predictors of a lifelong marriage is the commitment to a lifelong marriage. Put the “D word” (divorce) off the negotiating table. Commitment pushes you toward solutions, and perhaps a counselor.
The World Family Map is an annual report that compiles data from around the world to monitor the health of families worldwide. Focusing on factors affecting family structure, the WFM found varying numbers of cohabitating couples and children born outside of marriage, with the majority of children living with both parents.
What’s the most romantic trip you can take? Perhaps it’s a trip down memory lane. On this day of love, remember how you met, your first date, your first kiss, your proposal/acceptance, your first night as a married couple, etc.
Words are one of the most powerful tools in married life. Following his wife’s post, Dennis shares some phrases spoken by his wife that are particularly meaningful to him.
What’s your spouse’s favorite treat? See if you guessed right. Now you’ve got an idea for a little way to show love; it’s just a matter of when you surprise your beloved with it.
“Go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift,” Jesus says to his disciples (Mt 5:24). Is there anyone you need to reconcile with? Perhaps your spouse? A child? A parent or parent-in-law? Pray for opportunities to heal a broken or tense relationship.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, give your spouse a gift of memory. If you haven’t already, memorize your wedding vows. Few people like to memorize but it’s a way to keep your vows always in mind.
An easy way to deepen your marriage today: Find one interesting tidbit (article, blog entry, exercise…) on www.ForYourMarriage.org and share it with your spouse.
No matter how long you’ve been married, differences in how you and your spouse handle things can still arise. Stacey reflects on the subtle ways our families of origin affect the way we relate to others and the importance of identifying them to grow happier and holier.
Renew your vows today or on Valentine’s Day. “I _____ take you _____ to be my wife/husband. I promise to be faithful to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life.”
Fighting Fair Tip: Keep it current. One couple has the rule of thumb that any issue older than the milk in the refrigerator is no longer game. Recurring arguments usually mean that there’s something behind the present problem that irks the other.
Today is the first day of National Marriage Week. It’s a great time to reconnect with your spouse. Take advantage of the short, cold days to spend time together. Talk, dream, or just be in each other’s presence. Pray to rekindle your love.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, for sure. But it’s also a special time of a couple’s life. Keeping the focus on the sacrament makes all the difference!
High school biology is good – but not sufficient for the more important medical decisions we make in life. Learning Natural Family Planning as a couple can update and deepen your knowledge of how the female body works. Consider taking an NFP class together.
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world,” Jesus says to his disciples (Mt 5:13, 14). Married love is salt and light. It brings joy – flavor – to a world that is too often bleak. It shines the light of hope on weary hearts. Rejoice in your marriage today.
“Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” (Marcus Mumford) Is your love invested in the most important parts of your life – God, your spouse, your children? Take a moment to evaluate.
Marriage is not just about sharing a physical life together, but calling each other on to holiness. It is not always easy to keep Christ at the center of your marriage, so pray for the grace to help your spouse to heaven.
“And you yourself a sword will pierce,” the prophet Simeon says to Mary (Lk 2:35). Are you or your spouse carrying a heavy burden, a painful ache in your heart? Pray to Mary for help in bearing your suffering well. She knows our pain.