Lent: the ultimate change-maker

Like most people, our optimistic resolutions for the New Year tend to fizzle out before the end of January. Thankfully, Lent gives us another, and a better, chance of success. Here

Lent: the ultimate change-maker2021-02-26T11:01:53+11:00

Change Reaction

It’s easy to see how couples get stuck when ‘being right’ has become a habit. Clinging to our ‘right to be right’ is like gangrene in a relationship....

Change Reaction2021-01-05T13:55:53+11:00

Stop Whining Already!

It might not be official church teaching, but the admonishment against complainers got as close as it’s possible to get when Pope Francis recently posted this notice on his residential door.

Stop Whining Already!2018-03-16T15:43:25+11:00

The wrong kind of penance

It’s Lent again and time to think about reform in our spiritual lives by taking on some Lenten penance. But is all penance equal? The traditional Lenten traditions of prayer, fasting

The wrong kind of penance2018-03-20T10:16:17+11:00

Seven Deadly Habits

Research by Dr John Gottman and others has helped us to understand the specific behaviours which are particularly damaging for marriages. He is able to predict with 91% accuracy whether a

Seven Deadly Habits2018-03-20T16:29:45+11:00

Two of Us: Negativity

An exercise to help us grow in the area of 'affirmation' rather than 'criticism' to enrich our relationships rather than grid-lock them. Reflect Separately, say the prayer and spend some time reflecting

Two of Us: Negativity2015-01-15T14:57:15+11:00

Two of Us: Compliments and Criticisms

An exercise to understand the impact compliments and criticisms have in our individual relationships. It can be quite easy to give someone either, but the effect is usually greater than we initially

Two of Us: Compliments and Criticisms2015-01-15T14:57:19+11:00

Two of Us: Fault Finding

On criticizing your spouse Reflect Separately, say the prayer and spend some time reflecting on the questions. Write some notes so that you can share more fully with your spouse. Prayer: Father,

Two of Us: Fault Finding2015-01-15T15:02:12+11:00

Criticism Cancer

Criticism Can Kill Criticism kills not only the self-esteem of the one criticized, it also kills the spirit of optimism in the criticizer. In marriage it is a deadly cancer, eroding our

Criticism Cancer2015-01-15T15:02:25+11:00
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