Creating new pathways

I remember when I saw that 0.04°F rise in temperature on my first chart.  Suddenly, Humanae Vitae became very personal.  It applied to me.  It applied to us.    It communicated that I was wonderfully made—according to God’s design. My husband and I were part of a bigger design.  Wow.  That personal experience – although it…

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An occasion of Grace

A black and white ad, 1” square, in our Diocesan newspaper—that was where my journey with CCL began as my future husband, Tom and I prepared for our wedding.  Taking the “Home Study” class (with a chart review by mail!) was our first introduction to the Couple to Couple League community.  Little did we know…

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Day of Creation Celebration!

Not too long ago, our family had a season of summer vacations to national parks. Every other year we made a road trip to one of the great ones: Big Bend, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. It was the right time for us to do this- three of our four kids then were boys, ages ten down…

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Join us for a Free Theology of the Body Virtual Conference

Last year, more than 77,000 men and women from 160 countries registered for the inaugural TOBVC, making it the largest Catholic Conference in 2020! Hosted by Theology of the Body Institute, the TOB Virtual Conference April 30-May 2 will feature 80+ of the most prominent speakers and artists! Even better, because CCL is an affiliate…

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CCL in Postpartum?

It is quiet in the garden these days outside our office window at the Holy Spirit Center.  Seemingly little happening there; however, just like at CCL, the “groundwork” for growth is being established.  It is, in fact, a very busy time for us!   I had our team laughing when I remarked that CCL was in…

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Our daughters deserve better

It happens way too often. I’ll hear from one of the young women learning NFP from CCL who would like help reviewing their chart. That’s the good part. The frustrating part is that they often don’t know enough to help me answer their questions. Our daughters deserve better. One example is a 29-year-old woman who…

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Expanding the Tent

As we begin our 50th Jubilee Year on October 7, 2020, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, I invite you to join us in a special commitment to offering a rosary each week for the mission of CCL, its volunteers, students and members.  After 50 years of planting the seeds of the truth of Humanae…

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Alphonsus Liguori united two purposes of marital act

Many of us know that the teachings of the Church on marital love are founded on the inseparable connection between the two meanings of the conjugal act: the unitive meaning and the procreative meaning (HV #12). Less well-known is that it took centuries and the teaching of several doctors of the Church for this foundational…

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Cultivating a new creation

We are just getting back to work as Ohio slowly lifts its “stay at home” orders.  We continue to pray for you and yours–asking for Our Lord’s protection and healing.  It is strangely quiet at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center where our office is now located.  As we clean and dust our office, we are…

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More than just a fertility awareness method

I love that the Couple to Couple League (CCL) has never just taught the Sympto-Thermal Method. Why? Because to practice a fertility awareness method of family planning successfully, you need more than head knowledge. CCL has always been structured to provide whatever couples need live out the call to marital love as God designed. And…

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