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 September 5: You may not be a parent or grandparent yourself, but you each have grandparents. Even if they are no longer alive, share one positive memory of them with your beloved. Do you have a quality or talent you learned from them?
Sunday September 12: Sometimes in marriage it seems like one of us is deaf or at least not listening. Other times the speaker mumbles (or so I tell my husband). Which of you is better at speaking; which at listening? Practice each other’s gift.
Sunday September 19: Conflicts can come from jealousy, fatigue, fear, misunderstanding… There are many sources but more important is to search for reconciliation, mercy. We all have our faults. Is there anything you need to ask forgiveness for from your beloved this week?
Sunday September 26: Most of us do not think of ourselves as really wealthy. There’s always somebody richer. It usually depends on who we compare ourselves to. This week notice who is poorer than you and try to help in some way.
Sunday September 5: Clutter can be toys, papers, or many misc. items left on the floor or table. But clutter can also be noise. Think TV, videos, crying, complaining. Try treating your family to a moment, a minute, an hour of quiet. Agree to do it all at the same time. See what happens.
Sunday September 12: Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacked NYC and Washington DC. How old were you? If your children are old enough, share your experience of how you felt. Are there things that frighten them today?
Sunday September 19: Think of one thing you have learned from your child. Share that thing with your child and let them know how it has made a difference in your life.
Sunday September 26: Maybe you eat dinner together every night. Good. If not, take heed. The Natl. Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse says that one habit of healthy families is that they “eat dinner together most every night.”