February 7-14 marks the annual celebration of National Marriage Week USA which the U.S. Bishops say is a time to “focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.
“In forming a family, a community of love, you have to accept the cross – embrace it gloriously and willingly. Your cross is composed of little things and of the acceptance of each other as you are. You must develop the ability to see each other’s talents, and to rejoice in them and be glad about them.”
How can following Catherine Doherty’s advice improve the quality of life in my own family? In what specific area of this advice can I challenge myself today?
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Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family, shifting from a focus on external threats to the family, such as poverty and illness, to those that come within, and addressed those situations when it becomes impossible for couples to remain together.
This spring saw our backyard filled with new life: families of quail scurrying across the grass, baby doves peeking out from the eaves of our patio, and a special surprise: a little killdeer mother, nesting on the ground in a shallow depression in the gravel out near the children’s basketball hoop. They were the first to find her, running in breathless one day to report that we had a new tenant. Sure enough, there she sat, seeming both a bit smug and suspicious on her small speckled eggs. My heart sank a bit, worried about her safety so near the children’s play area. Her curious choice of a nest was instinctive, I had recently learned. Only weeks before, another killdeer had made a nest recently on our neighbors property – in the rocks right next to their busy driveway. My neighbor, concerned, had researched the birds and told me about these indignant little mothers. We were both amazed at their unusual habits. They always nest on the ground, sometimes taking turns on the eggs with the father. So slight an indentation do they make on the desert ground, and so like stones are the eggs, that they blend into gravel perfectly. It’s good camouflage, but still…this one had no idea what she was in for. Read the rest…
Imagine you and your spouse driving down an open road and all you see out the window is an endless body of water, along with a beautiful beach and captivating sunset. What is your first thought? Is it the beauty of God’s creation? Is it the thought of how the water came to be? Does your husband want to go fishing? Or do you wish you could lie down and relax on the beach? Regardless of what your thoughts or desires may be, God created that image, even if it was a manmade body of water. He created the water, he created the sand, and he has complete control over the sunset. He may have even put those desires on your heart: the desire to relax and rejuvenate what may have been lost amidst the busyness of your schedule.
Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of marrying the man of my dreams. I imagined being romanced by an amazing young man, and we would live happily ever after. This is the simplicity of a young girl with high, long-awaited hopes of marrying her knight in shining armor. Read the rest…
Instead of despairing over what four more years under the most liberal administration in history will mean to the moral and fiscal health of the nation, recommit yourself to a new day and a new way to fight the good fight!
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Bishop James V. Johnston of Missouri says a “mentality of sterility” is the main factor in the present crisis of family life.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A day before making an impassioned plea for families at the shrine of the Infant of Prague in Czechoslovakia, the Pope discussed the modern crisis of divorce, saying legal divorce seemed “bent on demolishing” the family.