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 March 18: Spring officially begins Mar. 20. The changing of the seasons can remind us of the changing seasons of marriage. Are you experiencing any transitions in your marriage? A new job, a move, a baby? Health or money problems? Aging? Don’t fight the change. Embrace whatever it brings.
Sunday March 25: Palm Sunday is such a baffling feast. Everybody is rejoicing in the glory of Jesus’ arrival. But, we know the end of the story. We know that a lot of pain quickly follows. Presumably your wedding was joyous. Presumably some dark days have followed. Contemplate the ups and downs of your relationship and remember that Good Friday is not the end.
Sunday April 1: Easter: Lent is over, Alleluia! Yes, you can go back to eating sweets if that’s what you gave up, BUT, don’t go back to taking your “sweetie” for granted. Can you each treat the other to some favor today? Looking for the opportunity is half of the favor.
Sunday April 8: “Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Do you know anyone who claims to love God yet does not act lovingly toward a family member, a neighbor, creation? Don’t let it be you.
Sunday April 15: “Jesus made himself known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:35) Sometimes when I have been around my beloved for a long time, it’s easy to seem invisible to each other. Consciously look at your spouse at dinner tonight. See the likeness of God within him or her.
Sunday April 22: “Love one another.” (John 13:35) You’re married. Of course you love your spouse. But Jesus keeps repeating this command to love. Perhaps it is because love is never finished. Look for a new opportunity to show your love today. Surprise your beloved.
Sunday April 29: “Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1John 3:18) Saying “I love you.” is good. Doing an act of kindness is an even stronger testament of love. Use both “love languages” once today.
Sunday March 25: Anyone who has been a parent knows that times of sorrow mix with times of joy. As you enter into Christ’s passion, join with the pain Mary felt in watching her son die. Keep this in mind during your times of sorrow.
Sunday April 1: “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.” (John 20:23) Confession need not be limited to a priest in the confessional. Confess a mistake you’ve made to your child. Is there anyone they have hurt and can ask forgiveness from? Especially consider siblings.
Sunday April 8: Grandparents have access to history that can thrill and surprise their grandchildren. They can tell stories about how life used to be and shed some light on how the child’s parent was a generation ago. They are the keepers of tradition. Don’t lose the wisdom. Connect.
Sunday April 15: “A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) A good parent is like a good shepherd. We spend our time, money, and worries on our children. In essence, we lay down our lives for their good. Remember that you as a parent also have The Good Shepherd who cares for you in the same way.
Sunday April 22: Often our children teach us how to be responsible recyclers, take care of nature, etc. Brainstorm with your child ways that your family can take a step to care for creation. Do one of the ideas today.
Sunday April 29: Do you really listen to your child? Of course you do. Now be honest. Do you sometimes “listen with your answer running”? Today, just for today, pay attention to a request your child makes and look for the reason behind the request before automatically saying, “No.”