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.
“Marriage and Family Life Corner”
Sunday October 1: Ways to Turn your Beloved Off #1 – Be too busy. Do you have enough open, flexible time in your married life to follow a whim or postpone a less urgent priority? Does #1 ring true for you? If not, good.
Sunday October 8: “Have no anxiety at all, but…make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) We all have anxieties in life – money, health, our kids, safety, etc.) Your spouse cannot solve all your problems, but sharing our needs in prayer together can lessen the anxiety.
Sunday October 15: Ways to Turn Your Beloved Off #2 – Be married to social media. Technology and the internet can save us a lot of time, but it can also be addictive and take a lot of time. Ask your beloved if you’re over committed to the internet?
Sunday October 22: Ways to Turn Your Beloved Off #3 – Let Noise Surround You. Some noises are happy and express life. But sometime noise is just a distraction or an irritation. Is there enough quiet space in your relationship to simply be present to each other’s graceful being?
Sunday October 29: Nov. 1 is All Saints Day. You know your beloved’s best and worst qualities. Focus on his/her saintliness today and write a paragraph describing the saintly qualities of your spouse. (sacrifices, generosities…)
Sunday October 1: “Let the children come to me…Then [Jesus] embraced them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:14,16) Sometimes we just want our children to go to sleep; but in our better moments, take the time to hug them. Bless them daily. It can be part of the hug or a bed time prayer.
Sunday October 8: “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor.” (Mark 10:21) Invite your child to take a step with you. Each of you choose one belonging to give to a person who has less than you. If you don’t know anyone, take it to Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul.
Sunday October 15: October is Respect Life Month. In addition to respecting the human lives that are too often dismissed as unworthy or inconvenient (the unborn, the poor, the imprisoned, the handicapped…) this year add respect for mother earth, who is also suffering.
Sunday October 22: All families have stories that they tell over and over. One genre is the vacation-disaster story. These stories are important because they say this family can not only survive adversity but can laugh at it and keep on loving each other. Tell a story.
Sunday October 29: With Halloween approaching, we are immersed in “fake scariness.” But sometimes children have real fears. Talking about ways that you overcame your own childhood fears can give your child hope. Movies/TV can often exaggerate danger and trigger fears.