The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society
The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life. Continue »
Resolving Conflicts Constructively with Your Spouse
Think back to the last time you and your spouse had a disagreement. Were you both able to communicate your feelings and viewpoints, or did you end up in a shouting match? Continue »
Use an action plan to build your marriage.
Love letters, diamonds, chocolates, dinners for two, passionate embraces—none of us has any problem coming up with a short list of traditionally romantic ways to express love. But what about life’s ordinary seasons? How do you keep telling your spouse “I love you” when the gift budget is empty and you’re feeling more tired and preoccupied than starry-eyed? Continue »
During Lent, sit down together for an hour or so, the two of you, husband and wife, read a passage from Scripture, and talk about it.
A survey of American Catholic couples by the Lenawee Center for Pastoral Research at St. Andrew’s University of the Ozarks found that less than two percent of husbands and wives ever read and discuss the Bible together. Continue »
How to set a tone of loving service in your family.
It’s not a biblical saying. And if it’s taken to mean that only the people closest to us have a claim on our care, it’s not even a Christian idea. Continue »
Forgiveness sets us free and opens the way to healing.
Our woundedness may come from anyone, most frequently from spouses or peers. No matter what the source, unforgiveness of any kind will block intimacy with the Father, for Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Continue »
Finding Balance in Our Lives Requires a Relationship with God
Work, household chores, church commitments, school projects, and sports practices! How many nights do you fall into bed feeling as if you were in motion all day without a moment to take a deep breath? Unfortunately, the sensation of being caught in a daily whirlpool, forcefully spun around, is all too commonplace. Continue »
These practical, realistic suggestions will show you how.
“Family” and “prayer” belong together. After all, as the Second Vatican Council taught, our families are the “domestic church.” Continue »
We should never give up hope.
I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1) Continue »
He wants to heal us
"What God has joined together, no human being must separate" (Mark 10:9). These words can sound harsh to us, especially if we have been through a divorce or if a family member or close friend is part of a wounded or broken marriage. Continue »
Meet three New Testament families who lived the Easter miracle.
Everybody has dreams, goals, and priorities. But the message of Easter is that the greatest goal we can have is to live in the power of the Holy Spirit and be witnesses to the gospel, first right in our homes and then to others—even to the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Continue »
Suggestions for Celebrating the Easter Season
Easter is the most important feast of the Christian year—so important that the Church sets aside a seven-week season to rejoice in Christ’s victory over sin and death. How can a family sustain this "Easter spirit" of celebration all the way to Pentecost? Continue »
You just have to ask for them.
Do you believe that God can heal an estrangement in your marriage or from your children? Do you wonder about God’s power to heal some past hurt or resentment? Continue »
A Family Activity for Lent
In our home, we read the Passion story on Friday evenings during Lent. Each time, every family member is asked to view the events through the eyes of a different player in the drama. Continue »
Saying “I love you” so they really understand!
Have you ever been surprised by your children’s reaction to something you did for them? Perhaps you brought home a small toy for your son, and he continued to thank you for several days afterwards. Continue »