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 March 3: Figuring out blame is a trap that is easy to fall into. One of the sweetest phrases I hear from my husband is, “Honey, you were right. Said honestly, it can be a healing balm.
Sunday March 10: It is Lent – a time to take stock of our lives both spiritually and physically. Many people abstain from something during this time to join with Jesus’ suffering on the cross. What you choose to do (or not do) is unique to you, but consider one Lenten action that you both do. You can be a support to each other.
Sunday March 17: Unfaithfulness starts by demoting your spouse by making work, internet, hobbies, etc. a higher priority. What distracts your attention from your beloved?
Sunday March 24: Try to make an amend. To check yourself, avoid the word “But” when apologizing. For example, “I’m sorry, but if you had only…”
Sunday March 31: A grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to produce much fruit (Jn 12:24). What needs to die in you to bear fruit in your marriage Pride? The desire to always be right? Wanting stuff your way? Avoiding decisions? Humble yourself today.
Sunday April 7: Remember a foolish thing you did or thought when you were dating. It might have been embarrassing at the time but often these memories make for a good laugh after some time has passed. Do not belittle your spouse; just speak for your own foible.
Sunday April 14: Holy Week is a sober time for all Christians as we remember a sacred meal (Holy Thursday), suffering (Good Friday), uncertainty (Holy Saturday), and rebirth (Easter). Talk about times in your marriage of special meals, suffering, uncertainty, and rebirth.
Sunday April 21: Easter reminds Christians of the resurrection – that the death of the body is not the end of the world. Earth Day reminds us all that we humans have a duty to protect our little part of the world – planet Earth.
Sunday April 28: In any marriage there are times that we hurt each other – perhaps inadvertently but sometimes out of anger or selfishness. Forgive each other lest your love die.
Sunday March 3: Enjoy a day this week by fasting from any unessential use of cell phones, internet, screens – anything that takes you away from your family.
Sunday March 10: Everybody needs a little fun in their lives. Sports equipment and games can help us do this. Is there some amusement that your family no longer uses? Let your children help you pick out things to pass on to kids who do not have a basketball, skates, a puzzle, etc.
Sunday March 17: People need pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils to cook meals to feed themselves. Do you have any duplicate kitchen supplies that you can pass on to a needy family?
Sunday March 24: Books are a wonderful tool of knowledge and inspiration, BUT, I bet you have some that you will not read again or you can get the information online. This week pass at least one book on to a friend, a school, a nursing home…
Sunday March 31: How has abstaining from something (meat, deserts, gossip, etc.) or doing something extra strengthened you? Has it made any difference yet? Ask your kids how their Lenten commitment is going? It is not too late to refresh, renew, and reboot.
Sunday April 7: Help your children learn conversation skills by practicing a difficult conversation (maybe bedtime, chores, allowances…).
Sunday April 14: Why do we call Good Friday – “Good”? Is it not all about Christ’s suffering and death? Yes, BUT, sometimes we have to go through suffering to get to the good stuff. Talk with your child about how a hard or sad time eventually led to good.
Sunday April 21: Greet everyone you see today with a smile. It does not take any time or money. It is easy. All you have to do is remember. Challenge your child to join you in this “game” for one day. Help each other remember.
Sunday April 28: Teach your child a virtue today, but do it without talking. Let your actions speak. Consider charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, or generosity.