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 January 5: The appearance of Jesus to the three wise men from the East reminds us that Jesus came for all humankind, not just the Jewish people. So too, married love is not a gift to be hoarded. Reach out to someone who is sad, in trouble, or from a different culture. Can you do it together?
Sunday January 12: A trip down Memory Lane – First home. Homes can be wonderful, but they can also take a lot of work. Remember the first home you shared together. What did you like most about sharing the same dwelling? Did you have any decorating or lifestyle disputes?
Sunday January 19: Think of a way that you and your spouse are different yet your traits complement each other. (Consider things like attention to detail vs. seeing the whole picture, quick thinker vs. thorough planner, extrovert vs. self-reflective…)
Sunday January 26: Even if both of you have similar political leanings, you certainly know people who have different opinions about religion or politics. Find someone who disagrees with you this week (maybe your spouse) and listen carefully to understand more than to persuade.
Sunday February 2: What traditions keep your love alive – a weekly date, repeating a special meal, revisiting a place that has meaning for you as a couple? Perhaps look through old photos for ideas.
Sunday February 9: Valentine’s Day is approaching. Cards and flowers are nice, but the heart of your love is your promise to each other.
Sunday February 16: Try gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes for one minute. … Probably you will end up laughing. See, I made you laugh. Yes, it is corny – but fun.
Sunday February 23: It is tempting in marriage to try to keep things fair and even. It is tempting, but not loving. Look for a way today (or this week) to let a minor offense slide, to do more than your fair share of the work…
Sunday January 5: As we start a new calendar year resolutions are common – but too soon forgotten. Perhaps remembering important things is timely. Share as a family: The happiest time for me this past year was _____ & a regret (sadness) I have about last year is _____.
Sunday January 12: Often people today are baptized as infants and thus only remember through stories and photos. If so, tell your child about their baptism day.
Sunday January 19: Have you ever supported an unwed mother by providing clothes and baby needs? Can you provide childcare for a single mom who needs a break? If possible, let your children help.
Sunday January 26: As a parent it is natural to be both proud and worried about your child. Read the whole story of the Presentation in the temple today and imagine yourself in Mary and Joseph’s sandals.
Sunday February 2: Feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked. Parents do this naturally in the course of raising their children. Good. Is it time to engage your own children in these works for other less fortunate families? Challenge them to help.
Sunday February 9: No matter what our skin color, religion, or economic status we need to learn to get along with people who are different from us. As a family, learn about a race different from your own this month.
Sunday February 16: Wednesday, February 26, is Ash Wednesday. Discuss with your family whether there is something you would like to “give up” or “do” in common. Can you go beyond giving up sweets? Consider “fasting” from social media for a day.
Sunday February 23: February 29th is Leap Day – an extra day. It is also a Saturday which may mean you have some extra time to try something new together. Be playful with your family. Explore a new place, play a new game or sport.