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Archive for November 2017

St. Andrew Novena begins tomorrow

St. Andrew’s novena is traditionally prayed by couples hoping to conceive. St. Andrew was the first apostle to follow Jesus (along with his better-known brother, Simon Peter) and the first Sunday of Advent always falls on the Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s feast day of November, 30. The novena to St. Andrew is traditionally known…

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Motherhood: strongest antidote to selfishness

Pope Francis is the newest pope of the people. For the first time in decades, media reports on the Holy See are trending positive, non-Catholics find him endearing and his own flock reveal a certain admiration for him, lovingly calling him “Papa Frankie.” While we may have a special place in our hearts for the…

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Optimistic but cautious: Is the HHS Strategic Plan recognizing life?

About a month ago, the government released its draft for 2018-2022’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Strategic Plan. As reported by several pro-life news organizations, the draft seemed optimistically pro-life. The National Catholic Register did a pretty good job covering the possibilities in their article on the subject. Commonly cited is the draft’s repeated use…

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Your glamorous period

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been through it; the roller coaster of emotions, swinging energy levels and changing preferences caused by your period can seem unpredictable. Charting can help reduce some of the surprise and point to you-specific patterns that unfailingly play out each month, but for all the predictability, Aunt Flo’s visits…

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NFP Uncensored: Self-discipline

NFP Uncensored is a series of candid accounts of the way NFP informs every aspect of life. You can follow the posts by searching for “NFP Uncensored” here in the Living the Love blog (use the search bar on the right-hand side of this page), or by searching #NFPUncensored on social media. After six short months of…

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Year-end sale: The Art of Breastfeeding

Know any expectant or breastfeeding mothers? Now is the perfect time to gift them with our breastfeeding book The Art of Breastfeeding, currently on sale in our store for 68% off. That’s a dramatic price drop from $15.95 down to just $5.00! The Art of Breastfeeding by Linda Kracht and Jackie Hilgert is one of the few…

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Don’t gobble up everything you hear

Oh, the joys of Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, everyone loves the food and almost everyone appreciates the quality time, but what family doesn’t find themselves in squabbles around the close quarters of the dining room table? It seems like family gatherings these past few years have grown increasingly tense, increasingly divided and increasingly political. While we…

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It is well with my soul

From the Family Foundations archives **** The words you never want to hear from a doctor came in August 2004, shortly after our 35th anniversary: “There’s nothing else we can do.” Doctors had identified a spot on my right lung — an infection that spread quickly, overtaking both lungs. The medicine used to treat it triggered an…

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Modesty in today’s culture

Modesty. It’s a word in our society and culture that definitely comes with a more of a negative connotation than a positive one. No one, women in particular, enjoy being told how they should dress, especially when personal fashion is something people take a lot of pride in as a way to express themselves. In the religious…

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