Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
During his recent apostolic journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Holy Father discussed the importance of faith within the family structure and some current threats against marriage. He exhorted married couples to be courageous and gentle with one another, especially when arguments arise.
The first few months of marriage are both beautiful and difficult. Tommy talks about the sacrifices hidden in newlywed bliss and how the choices we make can help us to progress in loving the other for their own sake.
“All the love God has in Himself, all the beauty God has in Himself, all the truth God has in Himself, He entrusts to the family. A family is truly a family when it is capable of opening its arms to receive all that love.” – Pope Francis
St. Francis of Assisi is known for his great joy, even in difficult times. Find joy in everything today and share it with your spouse and children.
Share the love of God with someone who may feel forgotten. Together, call an elderly family member or make arrangements to visit a lonely member of your parish today.
“Increase our faith!” said the Apostles to Jesus in the Gospel today. Share some of your faith journey with your family and pray for an increase of faith together.
The decision to adopt requires sacrifice and discernment. Jaymie Stuart Wolfe combines practical advice with personal experience to help those families considering adoption.
“To live out of love is to give one’s self.” – St. Therese. Make a conscious effort to give yourself to your family today, through your time, prayers, and acts of service.
A recent study found that children of divorced parents are less likely to identify as religious or regularly attend religious services. These results have important implications for Church ministries involved with engaged and married couples.
Honoring the Sabbath as a family gives a chance to rest, recharge, and be reminded of the blessings of faith and family.
Today on the feast of the Archangels, say a prayer to your family’s guardian angels, to protect everyone from harm natural and supernatural.
Prioritize time with good friends who can build you up in your vocation of marriage. They are the people to turn to when you hit a rough patch.
St. Vincent de Paul is known for his love of the poor. Who are the poor, lonely, forgotten in your life? Your family can be a gift of love to them.
Listening well says to the other person, “I care about what you’re saying; I care about you.” It helps love to grow.
“But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” (1 Tim 6:11) For men – and women – of God, no better “marching orders” could be found!
Does your yes mean yes and your no, no? In addition to being an honorable approach to decisions, clarity can save a lot of headaches in marital communication.
Have a long commute? Use the time to pray for your family, listen to uplifting music, and prayerfully prepare for the day or your homecoming.
Siblings fighting with each other is a common occurrence in families. Josh talks about one way he’s had success in helping siblings to learn kindness in the “school of love” that is the family.
“If a family is centered on Christ, he will unify and illuminate its entire life. Moments of pain and difficulty will be experience in union with the Lord’s cross.” – Pope Francis
St. Matthew responded “yes” to the surprising call from God. Each day in our families we have a chance to say “yes” to God, too: greater faith, hope and love.
A sailing date on Lake Michigan prompts Kathleen to reflect on the exciting growth that can take place in marriage when a couple goes deep into God’s design for married life.
If you’ve been married for a while, is there a younger couple in your parish you could mentor? Young couples are often looking for reliable guides; it’s a mutual blessing.
In family prayer, engage the senses: light a candle, look at sacred art, or listen to music. Our sacramental faith brings us close to God in many ways.
“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.” (Lk 16:10) Build your family’s trust by being a person of your word, even in small things.
Marriage is a vocation: a call from God and a path to holiness. It is not a distraction from the spiritual life but the place where a spouse’s relationship with God takes shape.