Effective "solutions" for the challenges in married life...

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"It goes without saying that married life can be a serious challenge: living with another, flawed human being for a lifetime cannot be otherwise. But the solution is not to throw up our hands over our disappointments and problems with our spouses. The solution is to enter more deeply into relationship with them, to prayerfully work out our problems together, and to grow in love and fidelity, mutual respect and forbearance. The sacrament of Matrimony offers Catholic spouses special graces to do so." (excerpted from Women, Sex, and the ChurchWhat are some of the "solutions" you've seen work for other married couples or ones you've tried in your own marriage? What is some advice from your own experience that you'd like to share with others? 

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  • One habit my husband and I have gotten into is to give each other the benefit of the doubt. Early on (we've been married 32 years) I remember accusing him of some hurtful intention behind something he did. He remarked, "Why would I do that? I love you,...why would I want to hurt you?" That was an eye-opener to not make assumptions about what's behind the other's actions. The other habit that has brought us to a deeper love is to pray together both morning and evening, and to read scripture together. If we're looking together toward God, the grace of our marriage is strengthened.
    9/21/2013 10:38:24 AM Reply

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