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 March 1: Adam and Eve were tempted by food (an apple) and the lure of power. The devil also tempted Jesus with food (bread) and the promise of power. May the food you share with each other this week remind you to be of service to each other – not who is better.
Sunday March 8: A contract is an agreement based on distrust, a covenant is a commitment based on trust. That is why the scriptures continually refer to God’s covenant with humanity. Our Church refers to marriage as a covenant between the two spouses and God. It goes beyond a legal contract.
Sunday March 15: Water is a universal human need. Each time you drink together this week, may it remind you to refresh your love.
Sunday March 22: Unfaithfulness starts by demoting your spouse by making work, children, internet, hobbies, etc. a higher priority. What distracts your attention from your beloved?
Sunday March 29: Remember the sacred communal meal, suffering, death, and resurrection. Recall a time in your marriage when you went without, had physical or emotional pain, or experienced the death of a loved one. And still you are together.
Sunday March 1: Can your family do a “tech fast” of a day without TV or the internet? If not today, choose another day soon. What kind of homemade fun can you substitute?
Sunday March 8: Have fun with your children by joking about frivolous unlucky things that have happened in your life. Then turn it around and talk about times when you were really lucky.
Sunday March 15: If you are a single parent we honor you for the effort you must make to provide continuous care for your child, often without the help of a ready partner. If you are blessed to have a helpmate, make plans to reach out to a parent who needs a helping hand next weekend.
Sunday March 22: It is all about balance and equality. Is your family satisfied with the balance of chores that each person contributes to the household?
Sunday March 29: Death is often hard to talk about with children. We do not want to scare them, yet pets, grandparents, and others close to us will die. Perhaps this week remember together a death. Focus on the joy the person or pet brought and what you can learn from their life.