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Tag: Natural Family Planning

A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

June 12, AD2018 0 Comments
A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

Online Catholics I’ve recently been discouraged by a number of responses to Catholics asking advice on the internet. Usually, a sincere Catholic posts a question on a group page, or on a column, asking for some support or guidance on a matter related to faith. These people are hoping for encouragement, support, and guidance on […]

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Humanae Vitae Two Generations Later Is More Interdisciplinary

April 11, AD2018 15 Comments
Humanae Vitae Two Generations Later Is More Interdisciplinary

This week I attended a Symposium commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the famous papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington DC. The conference featured an all-star list of speakers including Janet Smith, Helen Alvaré, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and other experts. I read Paul VI’s encyclical cover to cover the […]

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Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

March 8, AD2018 12 Comments
Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

The fierce battle between the Culture of Death and the Culture of Life is heightened now that there is a new administration in charge. In the realm of sex education, the stakes could not be any higher. The prize for the winner is the very souls of our children. God gave them to us for […]

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Natural Family Planning: It’s Not Just for Catholics

August 3, AD2017 3 Comments
Natural Family Planning: It’s Not Just for Catholics

The Church recently celebrated Natural Family Planning (NFP) week. The lessons, reflections, and prayers can serve married couples and change the culture. It’s not just a “Catholic thing”. The family is the heart of parish life and parents are guardians of life. But parental “superhero” powers are helpful–at 2 a.m. in the morning when darting from room […]

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How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life

April 18, AD2016 6 Comments
How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life

Although I have not really studied Theology of the Body written by Pope John Paul II in 1984, one single paragraph, quoted in our Catholic paper decades ago, shaped my entire life.   My husband and I read a life-changing article thirty-two years ago when we were on a rare date night for our sixth wedding anniversary. Parents of […]

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Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

August 26, AD2015 0 Comments
Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

I met my husband because of the pro-life movement — I interviewed him for a radio story as I was covering a 40 Days for Life campaign. Since then I’ve attended countless 40 Days for Life rallies, prayer events, pro-life talks and parties — and all as a participant instead of as a reporter. Unfortunately, […]

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NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

August 20, AD2014 31 Comments
NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

On Facebook, I’m in several Natural Family Planning (NFP) groups, and the same question pops up on a regular basis:  “What reasons justify using NFP to avoid pregnancy, according to the teaching of the Church? Is there a list?” I’ve scoured encyclicals, papal letters and addresses, and several scholarly tomes on the subject, I’m confident […]

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NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 2 Comments
NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

The following is a series of blog comments posted by Heidi in the comboxes at the blog Little Catholic Bubble. I found her story so moving and inspirational that I asked her if I could consolidate her comments into a blog post in honor of NFP Awareness Week, and she graciously agreed. I’ve done some editing to the text that […]

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Humanae Vitae and Family Size—Should We Have a Big Family?

June 2, AD2014 42 Comments
Humanae Vitae and Family Size—Should We Have a Big Family?

This is the final column in a six-part series on Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s profound and heroic 1968 encyclical. The series’ introduction is here. The question of “responsible parenthood” as the Church defines it is taken up here. Questions about the unitive and procreative meanings of sex and why they should not be separated […]

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NFP: Help! I\’m Being Oppressed!

February 5, AD2014 6 Comments
NFP: Help! I\’m Being Oppressed!

According to some of the commenters on Dr. Kaczor\’s post “Does the Catholic Church Hate Women?” at Strange Notions, I\’m just an oppressed victim of an corrupt hierarchy – or something. Many of the comments on that post (which I thought was excellent, by the way) left me baffled. I have to wonder if these […]

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This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

January 20, AD2014 11 Comments
This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

Mothering a large family is my calling and  my vocation.  As a result, I am a conundrum: a rather outmoded sort of woman, ridiculed by modern career women, vilified by the earth’s prophets of doom and sanctified by the religious right. I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children. I had never even held […]

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The Sinner\’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

November 13, AD2013 6 Comments
The Sinner\’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

Have you ever read a book where you find yourself talking out loud in response to what you\’re reading? Simcha Fisher\’s The Sinner\’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (available on Kindle with upcoming publications in Audible and print formats) is definitely one of those books. I can\’t remember how many times I said, “Yes!” or […]

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Saying ‘Not Now’ to the Supreme Gift: The ‘Gravity’ of NFP

November 12, AD2013 43 Comments
Saying ‘Not Now’ to the Supreme Gift: The ‘Gravity’ of NFP

Transmitting human life is serious business. Not only that, transmitting human life is a *most* serious business. Pope Paul VI says in the opening line of his prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, “The transmission of human life is a most serious role (munus gravissimum) in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator.” […]

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Why Didn\’t Someone Share the Truth with Us?

August 4, AD2013 22 Comments
Why Didn\’t Someone Share the Truth with Us?

It was an interesting NFP Awareness week at our blog The Practicing Catholic. We wrote a week-long series about natural family planning, and we lost a few followers. Are we disappointed? Sure, a bit. We felt called to share the beauty of the Church’s teaching about human sexuality through the lens of natural family planning, […]

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NFP: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust My Body

July 24, AD2013 9 Comments
NFP: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust My Body

    Visit this website for more on NFP Awareness Week. Shortly before my husband and I were married in the Lutheran church (in which we’d both been baptized and raised) I began taking birth control pills. I hardly thought about it at all; in my sphere of existence, going on the Pill was just something […]

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5 Things Parishes Can Do To Stop Losing Young Families

July 6, AD2013 73 Comments
5 Things Parishes Can Do To Stop Losing Young Families

Matthew Warner recently discontinued his blog at the National Catholic Register. In his second-to-last blog post, Why the World Doesn’t Take Catholicism Seriously, he charged that the Church has gotten bad at making saints. “We Catholics don\’t look or act any different than non-Catholics. It\’s that simple.” How many of us really lead lives so […]

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