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 January 6: Copartner means equal in dignity and decision making. Being a member of the same body means that we are in this life together. What happens to one of us, impacts the other.
Sunday January 13: Even if you have already broken some New Year’s resolutions, recommit to putting your beloved first – in words, in acts of kindness, in attention.
Sunday January 20: Which Gift of the Spirit is your beloved strongest in: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, mighty deeds, prophecy, discernment, communication, understanding…? Recognize these strengths.
Sunday January 27: Is there any recurring bad memory or habit that you’d like to change in your marriage? Substitute a newer, positive one. Repeat – over and over again.
Sunday February 3: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous . . .” (1 Cor. 13:4). Which of these qualities is your beloved strongest in?
Sunday February 10: “Love is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests . . .” (1 Cor. 13: 5). Which of these negative qualities is your beloved best at avoiding?
Sunday February 17: “Love is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, but rejoices with the truth . . .” (1 Cor. 13: 6). Which of these qualities of love best describes your beloved.
Sunday February 24: “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things . . .” (1 Cor. 13:7). Which of these characteristics does your beloved especially have?
“So, faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). Appreciate each other today and every day.
Sunday January 6: January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany when Christians celebrate the 3 kings, who had been following a star and found the baby, Jesus. Celebrate this with your children by simply walking outside and marvel at the stars. Seek to understand the mystery of the universe.
Sunday January 13: If your children are old enough, recount with them the story of their baptism. Tell the story of your own baptism as you heard it from your parents.
Sunday January 20: Each member of the human family is important and connected. Remember today the value of each life, born/unborn, neighbor/refugee, friend – even enemy. Let us march to protect all human lives.
Sunday January 27: It is cold outside. Have a memory party inside. Pull out old photographs and enjoy. Maybe even organize those photos.
Sunday February 3: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:4). Even before your child was born you had hopes for him or her. Even before you conceived, you had hopes. Even if you adopted your child, you wondered how this person would grow and change you. Ponder how God knows you and your child even more deeply than the surface knowledge you now have.
Sunday February 10: February is Black History Month. No matter what our skin color, religion, or economic status we need to learn to get along with people who are different from us. As a family, learn about a race different from your own this month by reading, a movie, or personal contact It might be a challenge to get out of your bubble whether it be black, white, or something in between. Do it anyway.
Sunday February 17: “Blessed are you who are poor…hungry…weeping…when people hate you” (Luke 6:20-22). Can you as a family identify with being poor, hungry, crying, or hated? Certainly as a parent you have at least had times when your child complained about you. Dig deep and ponder how to recognize this as a blessing . . . in time.
Sunday February 24: “It is easier to build a child than to repair an adult” (Marilyn Krock, Caring Family Resources). Think about this the next time you are tempted to say, “Later, dear” or “Can’t it wait”, or “We’ll do it tomorrow (or next week)”.