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”
MARRIAGE MOMENTS (by Susan Vogt, www.SusanVogt.net)
Sunday August 2: Recreation refreshes our bodies and souls. During these Covid-19 days, however, vacations, sports, and parties have to be rethought. Try enjoying cribbage or a board game.
Sunday August 9: In any marriage there are times when we hurt each other, sometimes seriously. In your own marriage how do you heal? How do you forgive? It’s not always easy because love is not easy.
Sunday August 16: It is good to pray and be a person of faith, BUT married couples don’t always share the same faith or pray the same way. Even if you are of the same faith, ask each other how they describe God, what they really believe, or how they pray. You can be different but still united.
Sunday August 23: TIME: During Covid-19 you may feel you have more free time or the opposite, “I don’t have enough time.” Either way, we all have 24 hours in a day. It’s a matter of prioritizing. What’s the most important thing you can do for your beloved today?
Sunday August 30: When you were baptized, confirmed, married, you probably had positive expectations about how this commitment would work out. And then one learns that faith and marriage can be challenging, even disappointing at times. It’s not all bliss and beauty. But still we hang on because underneath it all is someone who loves us – despite our failings.
PARENTING POINTERS (by Susan Vogt, www.SusanVogt.net)
Sunday August 2: Perhaps you have air conditioning, but not everyone does. Invite your child to help you offer a cool drink to someone who needs it. Recently I saw a cooler in front of a house with a sign, “Free bottles of water to anyone who wants one.”
Sunday August 9: Who are my enemies (or at least people I don’t like)? If your child is old enough, pose this question to them also. Then… try to think of at least one positive quality of the person you don’t like. Try to understand what might have led him or her to act the way you dislike.
Sunday August 16: What posture or gestures do you find helpful to pray? For some, kneeling feels most reverent. For others sitting, holding hands, or gazing at nature helps. Parents often bless their child at bedtime with the sign of the cross. There is no wrong way but lots of right ways.
Sunday August 23: Have a memory party. Pull out old photographs or songs from your youth. Enjoy. Maybe even organize those loose photos or digital files.
Sunday August 30: When life seems to go wrong for your child, reflect on the problems you’ve faced in your own life. Often it is the mistakes or failures that form us into the person we are. How have you grown from a mistake?