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Frank Hannigan is the Director of the Family Ministries Office.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Don’t Get Lost in the “Busy-ness” of Life

Last month 360 couples had a special date night: they attended Celebrating Marriage: An Evening to Remember at the closing of the Festival of Faith. After the closing Mass for the FOF, and an inspirational talk, Cardinal George blessed all the married couples there, and we had dinner, saw a hysterical production of Til Death Do Us Part by the Funny Nun, who wrote Late Night Catechism, followed by a raffle and dancing. The night flew by. What a nice chance for couples to get away and enjoy a special evening together. We hope to do this again in the future. Our staff brought their husbands or wives (and the spouses were put to work, too, of course, since we are the Church!) and really enjoyed the event.

It’s so easy for couples to get out of the habit of dating. When you are newly in love it’s hard to get enough of each other. You try to be together a lot, and are always looking for something new and interesting to do. Yet after a few years of marriage, it’s easy to forget about the importance of this special time together. We all get lost in the world of work, getting ahead, taking care of the kids, and all the other busy-ness of life that we have to do. That’s why it was so nice to get together at something like the Celebrating Marriage event.

I’d like to offer a suggestion to all husbands and wives as Thanksgiving quickly approaches: try to find some time for just the two of you to focus on each other. It could be as little as a walk around the block in the evening, or attending Mass together on Thanksgiving morning, or even going downtown to see the parade and decorations. You could bring your spouse a turkey sandwich! Then tell your spouse one thing about him or her that you are thankful for.

And for a heads up, World Marriage Day is on February 14 next year. Your parish might want to put together a special event for married couples that day. Worldwide Marriage Encounter has some nice ideas for ways to celebrate.

You won’t regret the time you put into your marriage.

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