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Don’t Forget to Laugh...

Recently, we had a run of misfortunes in our house. The refrigerator broke, flooding the basement in the process. The oven door shattered all over the kitchen at 7:00 in the morning as I was getting the kids ready for school, our van tire got a hole in it and various drains in our house decided to quit working on a week-by-week schedule, requiring about six calls to our favorite plumber. Oh, and did I happen to mention that my husband, Mark, was conveniently out of town during all of these adventures? But you know what? I wasn’t mad at him. I was more sad that I didn’t have him home to laugh with me about all of it.

You see, one of the things I have always loved most about Mark is his ability to make me laugh—most of time without really trying and often at times when I don’t really feel like it. For instance, I remember once when we were in the middle of an argument and he tried to explain how he felt. What he meant to say was “I’m sorry, I felt stupid.” What came out was: “I’m sorry, stupid.” Silence, and then we both burst out laughing. To this day he still swears that it was all planned out. While it didn’t resolve what we were arguing about, it did bring us both back to a more civil and reasonable level.

Let’s face it, marriage can get pretty serious at times. Illness, job loss, a death in the family, financial worries, and other crises are a part of life and can weigh down our spirits. A lot of times, laughter and fun are the first things to go out the door. But they shouldn’t be. We need to laugh. Not only is it good for our relationships, but it’s good for our health, too. And allowing yourself to laugh and be happy certainly doesn’t mean denying the seriousness of whatever challenge you are facing. But it does give you a brief reprieve. Some time to recharge before facing life again.

And who better to laugh with than your spouse?


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."