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 April 4: Celebrate the new life of Easter! Recall a hardship or tough time in your marriage that is now history. Rejoice that you’ve weathered it together. Your love has been resurrected. Pass it on.
Sunday April 11: Lent is over and now we are in the time of Easter – the time when the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Be mindful tonight as you break bread (or rice, noodles, or potatoes) with your beloved that Jesus dwells in him or her. Pause.
Sunday April 18: You and your beloved have been through a lot together. Keep in mind your service to each other.
Sunday April 25: In marriage it may feel good to win an argument – for the moment. It’s not wrong to be right. In the long run, however, it is better not to argue about who is right, but let it go.
Sunday May 2: “Screens” (TV, computers, cell phones…) can give us a lot of helpful information. BUT, they can also crowd out relationship time. Although this is often directed to children, it starts with you and your beloved. Can you spend a day without using a screen this week? What will you substitute?
Sunday May 9: To love one another sounds simple, but anyone married even a short time knows that love can be a challenge when two wills conflict. Just for today, pretend you are God trying to love your spouse selflessly.
Sunday May 16: Distance can put stress on a marriage. Having a spouse who travels a lot or who is deployed to military service poses a challenge. Do you have any practices that help the two of you when you are apart?
Sunday May 23: In marriage we sometimes have to stretch to really understand what our beloved means by their words. Is your “native” language emotional words, acts of kindness, physical touch…? Listen, watch, and feel carefully as you communicate today.
Sunday May 30: May 31 is Memorial Day in the USA. What does it mean to remember – to remember people who have died, to remember special events in our life together, etc. Perhaps pull out some old photos to remember the story of your life together so far.
Sunday April 4: As parents we give our lives daily for our children. In the spirit of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and forgiveness of sins, overlook one fault of your child today.
Sunday April 11: When parents are stressed, living in poverty, addicted to drugs, etc. they may take it out on a child. Think of one way you can support a parent in need this month.
Sunday April 18: Why don’t you and your children clean up some of God’s creation. Pick a park, a street, a place of nature to clear of litter.
Sunday April 25: Have you and your child ever been close to animals. If you don’t have access to a farm, there’s always the zoo. Learn together what it means to take care of animals.
Sunday May 2: If your child is old enough for school, they’ve probably spent a lot of class time on computer screens during Covid. Weather permitting, offer them a Nature Break this week – or at least some indoor art, craft, or board game alternatives.
Sunday May 9: Generally, a mother’s love for her child is assumed and hopefully reciprocated. Yes, show love for your mother (or someone who has been like a loving mother to you) this weekend. Identify and share an act of sacrifice made on your behalf by your mother. What a gift!
Sunday May 16: Teach your child to pray. Sure, you may already say grace before meals and a bedtime prayer, but help them practice humble prayers from their heart. You may learn a lot by listening to their genuine prayer.
Sunday May 23: 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 May 30: Just as God gave us commandments, healthy families have rules that help keep order and keep the peace. What are some of your family rules? Do you need any new ones? Let go of outdated ones? Discuss together.