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Learning to Love Again

Everyone is different when it comes to love. For some people, when their spouse dies, they determine that they could never love another person again. Others truly desire that closeness and intimacy that only comes within marital love. If you have chosen to love – and marry – again, what kinds of dynamics have come into play? Do you have memories of your previous spouse? Is your new spouse threatened by those memories, or supportive of them? How are the children integrated into the new marital relationship? Join the conversation with Jerry and Debbie on Wednesday!



I Married My Spouse Because…

Most married couples have a unique story about how they met, what attracted them to the other spouse, and, ultimately, why they chose to marry that person. We want to hear your reasons for choosing to marry the man or woman you’re with today. Maybe you saw his or her outward beauty. Perhaps it was because you met in a Church group and saw that the other was deeply committed to the faith. Sometimes people are initially attracted to someone because they have a sense of humor or are involved with serving others. On Monday, share your take with Jerry and Debbie about what first attracted you to the one you married, and how that deepened over time. And be sure to ask Debbie what she saw in Marty that made her want to marry him (see picture below)!



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Be Home By Ten!

On Friday, Jerry and Debbie welcome your takes on parenting your youth and teenagers. In particular, what is your household philosophy about letting them be out late at night, even on weekends? Do you require that they call or text if they’re going to be late? What about asking them to let you know where they’re going ahead of time? Do you believe they are completely honest with you about their late-night activities? Let’s have a constructive and uplifting conversation about this.


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Where Do You Store Your Treasure?

Hebrews 9:11 says, “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place…” We know that we are called to be “in this world, but not of this world.” In reality, we have one foot on earthly soil, the other striving for heaven. We’re not “pie in the sky” children of God who pay no attention to the temporal things of earth. But when it comes to the legitimate accumulation and management of wealth and temporal goods, we can sometimes lose sight of the preeminence of heavenly things. Instead of looking first to the tabernacle that houses our spiritual food, we place more trust and dependance on tabernacles made with human hands – safe deposit boxes, stock portfolios, property, possessions, etc. How good are you at keeping the right focus? What advice would you give to the rest of us to ensure that we do not “gain the whole world, but lose our souls” in the process? Share your take with Jerry and Debbie on Thursday.


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Have You Given a Son or Daughter to the Priesthood or Religious Life?

We know that God creates every single one of us for a specific purpose, one that only we can uniquely fulfill. For most, that calling is to be married and raise children. For some, it’s to follow the Lord’s voice to a priestly or religious vocation. In either case, bringing children into the world is supposed to include on the part of parents an understanding and generosity that they belong first and foremost to God, and that they (parents) are to guide them carefully toward the fulfillment of their calling. It’s not always easy for a mother or father to “let their child go” when he or she senses a calling to priesthood or religious life. Have you gone through this with a son or daughter? Were you able to actively encourage them on that path? Or was that more difficult for you for any particular reason? Jerry and Debbie look forward to your takes on this topic Wednesday.