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 .
Sunday May 5: Good communication is essential in healthy marriages. Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, why not try to communicate mostly non-verbally for one hour or so this week. It might just cause some silly fun – or it might give you some insight into each other. Talk about it afterwards.
Sunday May 12: If you are too busy to have a weekly date with your spouse, you may be too busy. Tonight choose several hours next weekend that you can devote just to each other. This week the wife plans what to do, next week it is the husband’s turn.
Sunday May 19: Spend 5 minutes today sharing how Jesus loved his followers (healing, feeding, teaching, dying…) and how it translates to your marriage.
Sunday May 26: Memorial Day is a day to remember – not only those fallen in military service but also your spouse to whom you have pledged mutual service. Serve your spouse something today – a cool drink, a meal, a favor, an errand.
Sunday May 5: As we remember Jesus ascending into heaven, perhaps you and your child could “lift up” in prayer the memory of deceased relatives who have gone to be with God. Even though we do not know where “heaven” is, children can watch a balloon or kite ascend toward the heavens – and pray.
Sunday May 12: Mother’s Day. Although sometimes spouses honor their wives on this day, let your children take their proper role. If they do not have the money or an idea for a gift, fathers can suggest a guaranteed pleaser – “Top 10 reasons I love my mother…”
Sunday May 19: Does your child worry a lot? Even if they do not, spending some time being quiet, reading, listening to calm music, taking a walk alone or with you, can revive their spirit. Good for parents too.
Sunday May 26: We humans may be tempted to lie, or at least bend the truth, when we are afraid. Talk with your child about times when it might be hard to tell the truth. Perhaps share a time that was difficult for you.