Interrupt Your Marriage

Our discussion this week is about “interrupting your marriage.” What does that mean and why do I think it’s a good idea? I share about a recent impromptu overnight “getaway” Dan and I had, and how it reminded me of the importance of disrupting our relationship sometimes.

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“Connection is more important than perfection.”


Marriage is not a business partnership, it’s a covenant of love that needs to be nourished intentionally.


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We all fall into habits of communication, and especially in marriage, it can be easy to begin to take one another for granted or get lost in the daily deluge of activity and responsibility.

And that’s why I think it is important to interrupt yourselves sometimes and remember who each of you are beneath all the layers of your busy and distracted lives. Some ideas I share:

  1. Take some time away, especially overnight if you can.
  2. Do something you have not done in a long time.
  3. Be spontaneous.
  4. Make some “small but extraordinary” effort. I explain what I mean by that!
  5. Connect with another couple.

At the end of today’s show, I share an email from a mom I call “Mary,” who asks about how to handle the fact that her young adult daughter is homosexual. In response, I share this video of a talk on the topic given by Fr. Mike Schmitz. Another excellent resource for people in mary’s situation is Courage, an apostolate which provides pastoral care for families and friends of people who experience same-sex attractions and/or gender dysphoria. Please join me in praying for Mary, her daughter, and all families struggling with similar situations.

I have received so much feedback from all of you about my book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. (Use the coupon code BEAN20 to get 20% off your order!)

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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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