The Office for Marriage and Family Life provides the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington (CDOW) parishes with Marriage Moments and Parenting Pointers promoting marital enrichment and parental support.
Sunday September 3: Sometimes in marriage it seems like one of us is deaf or at least not listening. Other times the speaker mumbles (or so I tell my husband). Which of you is better at speaking; which at listening? Practice each other’s gift.
Sunday September 10: Which of the 10 commandments is hardest for you (or your spouse) to keep? Do you know your beloved well enough to predict their answer? Of course there’s always the Great Commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Your spouse is your closest neighbor.
Sunday September 17: “While a lone man may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken.” (Eccles. 4:12) Bond yourself together as husband and wife. With bringing God into your relationship, you create a three ply cord, giving you the strength that is not easily broken.
Sunday September 24: In marriage sometimes one partner gives more than the other (makes more money, does more chores – especially the unwanted ones, etc.) Recently I broke my arm and my husband became St. Jim to me. When has your beloved carried the bigger part of life’s burdens for you?
Sunday September 3: Sometimes each of us makes a fool of ourselves. Share a time that you did something foolish and how you recovered. It will give your child hope that they too can recover.
Sunday September 10: Kids make mistakes, are selfish, or sometimes just plain mean. Forgiveness does not mean there is no consequence for bad behavior. Don’t fear to give a punishment, but wrap it in love and a way to earn forgiveness.
Sunday September 17: Children often complain that a parent, a sibling, or playmate is not being fair – and it may be true. Life is not always fair. Talk with your child about a time when they had an advantage or disadvantage. Share how you cope when something unfair happens.
Sunday September 24: Monday (September 25) is National Eat Dinner Together Day. Maybe you always eat dinner together. If not, make a special effort to eat together on this day. Tell stories of your day. What was the high? What was the low?