Take a moment today to sit down with your partner and listen to this short audio clip. When you are finished, discuss the questions below together!
- Gary Chapman wrote a book entitled “The Five Love Languages.” This book outlines five ways to express and experience love such as a gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch (intimacy). Learn the “love language” of your spouse. What is your love language? What is your partner’s love language? If you do not know, take the test here: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/
- How can you better love your partner now knowing what his or her love language is?
* This clip was taken from a larger presentation given by Fr. Jim and Pres. Donna Pappas titled, "Say What?! Communication Matters" at the Center for Family Care's second Marriage Conference on Oneness.
Is Your Marriage Struggling?
Sometime the challenges we face in marriage need someone from the outside to help us sort them out. The decision to enter into marriage counseling does not mean you have failed in marriage or as persons, but rather that you are seeking assistance to strengthen your relationship. For assistance in finding a therapist, speak with your parish priest or visit www.marriagefriendlytherapists.com or www.aapc.org (American Association of Pastoral Counselors).