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CCL and the Year of Mercy: Let it begin with me

We begin by remembering how the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines mercy: “The loving kindness, compassion, or forbearance shown to one who offends (i.e., the mercy of God to us sinners).” In the spirit of that definition, as we pray monthly for mercy in various areas we, then, are not asking for prayers or…

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CCL and the Year of Mercy

Rejoice! The Year of Mercy is upon us! We have a tremendous opportunity over the next twelve months to experience God’s mercy for ourselves and the whole world. Couple to Couple League wants to take full advantage of the graces offered throughout the year and so have decided to offer prayers each month for a…

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Self-paced online course update

As you may have heard, CCL launched a new Self-paced Online Class in September, and we are starting to hear from couples who have completed it: Loved taking class from home Teachers encouraging and easy to understand Website easy to navigate and videos worked perfectly LOVED the couple LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the course This new class…

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Thanksgiving turkey…hold the hormones, please!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner — a time for thanks, family, football and food! So, the search may be on to find the perfect ingredients for your delicious meal, and today that likely includes choosing ingredients that you either avoid or know is healthy for you and your family. For example, more of us have a…

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A medieval marriage of mention

Today is the feast day of St. Margaret of Scotland (b. 1046, d. 1093). Unlike St. Joan of Arc or Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Margaret isn’t a saint most people have heard of, let alone are familiar with. But, her story highlights how the beautiful interplay of femininity and masculinity can work together in profound ways…

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Adventures in charting

By Leah Darrow Life can’t always be planned, and natural family planning hasn’t always been a perfect process for my husband, Ricky, and me. Don’t get me wrong: I actually love the idea of planning, organizing, making lists, Post-It notes, Ikea and The Container Store. But the reality is that I am president of the Procrastinator’s…

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NFP primer for learning couples

By Vicki Braun Why is it so challenging for us humans to adopt a new diet, take on a new sport or learn new job skills? Maybe it’s because we like rhythm and predictability; we enjoy constancy in our lives and learning a new habit or skill takes time to make it a regular part…

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Is NFP a leap of faith?

Recently I met a young man and we had a conversation over dinner. I guess you could call it a date. Quite appropriately he asked, “What do you do?” Oh boy, here goes, I thought to myself. I told him about CCL’s mission and that I work in communications. His response was, “So, I take…

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The ABC’s of TOB

When I first became interested in the Theology of the Body, I never thought about how it could relate to toddlers and small children. But as time has passed, and as I watch the changes unfold in our culture related to gender issues and same sex relationships, I see now how important it is becoming to…

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Where’s the beef over the pill?

Bacon had a bad week. Last week it was announced that processed meats are a Class 1 carcinogen, and boy, I sure didn’t miss the news. It seemed to be a leading story in the news cycle for a couple of days. Maybe it was such big news because the thought of giving up bacon…

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