“What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:4-6). A happy marriage usually contains happy people, better physical and mental health and a higher level of wealth. Author Steve Bollman (“The Choice Wine: 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage”) says if you follow the 7 steps, your marriage will have a foretaste of paradise. The last chapter ties everything together and Bollman explains how the steps parallel the holy family. He says God wished to give couples the superabundant joy that was experienced by man and woman in paradise. He doesn’t want us to have sufficiency, but superabundance – to truly thrive. Here are the 7 steps: honor your wedding vows, use money for other people, give God some of your time, set your mind on things above, find God in yourself, find God in other people, make it easy to be good and hard to be bad.
In “Three to Get Married,” Fulton Sheen addresses the longings in our hearts, the imperfections of relationships, the relationship between man and God, and husband and wife. As you might have guessed in the title, it takes a husband, wife, and God to make a marriage profound and meaningful.
What is mature love? What is responsible love? Is chastity necessary in marriage? What about contraception? Is it harmful to marriage? If yes, how so? What are Pope John Paul II’s views on children and family? Listen to today’s podcast episode and discover some interesting viewpoints that run counter to our culture, but can bring great joy to marriage. We will review Edward Sri’s “Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s ‘Love and Responsibility.’ “
Although “Male and Female He Created Them” was written in 2003, it’s a book worth reading. From the history of marriage to marriage as a sacrament, there’s so much in this book that shows the beauty of marriage. I like how this book states plainly and clearly the reasons behind such topics as chastity, love, the indissolubility of marriage and many other topics. Here’s a question to ask: “Do I think about my duty to be for my spouse a support in his sanctification or his or her search for God?” Listen to today’s podcast for a good look at “Male and Female He Created Them” on Marriage and the Family, by Jorge Cardinal Medina Estevez
“Marriage: A Path to Sanctity,” by Javier Abad and Eugenio Fenoy
The sacrament of matrimony gives couples lasting strength to fulfill their duties as spouse and parent. Do you want a life filled with faith, hope and love? Than all you have to do is surrender with a cheerful heart, set aside your ego, and respect natural law. You have a higher probability for blissful harmony if you adhere to fidelity in marriage. Today’s podcast is a summary of this insightful book.
Covenanted Happiness: Love and Commitment in Marriage by Cormac Burke. There are certain rules that couples can follow and this book explains why we get into predicaments and encounter unhappiness and demise in marriage. Love is other-centered, not self-centered. “A married love that is fully human is a compound of sense and spirit.” A beautiful book with challenging concepts.
Nonviolent Communication is a way to create peace and calm in the home. Who wouldn’t want to make a connection in a way that everybody’s needs get met through natural giving? Listen to today’s podcast and discover the process of nonviolent communication, when the speaker cites an observation, feeling, need and request. For more information, look up Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and www.cnvc.org.
Arguments. We all have them. Sometimes disagreements can bring us down and keep us down. Some people say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” but it is said that the little things can do damage to a marriage – especially if those so called little things are left unsolved or unattended. A wall of resentment can build due to the little things. It’s much harder to demolish a brick wall, so let’s try to not build that wall in the first place and deal with conflict as it arises. Today, we are going to discover some secrets to dealing with conflict.
Are you a good listener? How do you know? Find out what it takes to be a good listener and how to go about listening for meaning. If you aren’t a good listener, chances are, you are not in tune with your spouse.
This is part 1 in a 4-part series on communication. Today’s episode will explore why we have breakdowns and what we can do about it. There are many ways we can ensure effective communication.