Catholic family life

Transfigured

The world around us tells us in a million ways that we are nothing special. Most of all, it tells us that the gift of our sexuality is nothing special — in fact, it’s a big problem. We manipulate our hormones, poison ourselves, make war on healthy organs, or place physical barriers between us, trying…

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Top 10 reasons to attend CCL’s convention

This list could go on forever and ever, but we’ve boiled it down to just the top ten reasons you should head out to Cincinnati for the weekend and celebrate with us. 1) You asked for it, we put it on, now we need you! Ever since our last one in 2010, it seems like…

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Cincinnati invests in game-changing TOB curriculum

This is an extended version of the original article in our May/June 2018 edition of our magazine, Family Foundations. You can subscribe or order individual issues here. When Emily Macke was approached to write an 8-semester Theology of the Body curriculum for high schoolers, she wasn’t overwhelmed as one would expect. “My first reaction was excitement…

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Ditching the Pill …and other hormonal contraceptives

An excerpt from Marilyn M. Shannon’s book, Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition. **** Congratulations on your decision to discontinue birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives! You have taken a giant step toward better health. As hormone specialist Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., has written, you cannot achieve optimum hormonal balance while you are on the Pill, because hormones…

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HV Conference Registration is live!

Great news! The official website for our Humanae Vitae conference entitled, “Families, become what you are!” is open and registration has begun. Register now to secure your spot for this one-of-a-kind conference in beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio. This action-packed weekend is more than just a symposium or retreat. It’s a celebration of the family featuring guest…

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OSV nails it with magazines for young adults

I’m one of three millennials in my office and the only one in marketing. So it shouldn’t have surprised me a couple of weeks ago when my boss handed me two thick young adult magazines and asked me to review them. But it did. I’m not really a magazine person. I love the idea of…

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A nod to the love languages

From the Family Foundations archives **** Learning to speak each other’s love language has been crucial for our marriage and it fits remarkably well with our practice of NFP! When Maria and I were engaged, I learned early on that she loved to read self-improvement books — books on relationships, on faith, and when we were expecting…

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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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First words

Photo credit: Ed Koskey, AD Times  The Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, 56, was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Allentown on Aug. 31 at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena. He is the first priest from the diocese to become its bishop. Here is an excerpt of the remarks he made…

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Do you have hands of Mary?

I recently came across this wonderful article, written by a religious sister reflecting on whether her actions follow in the footsteps of Mary’s actions. That is, do our actions point others to Jesus? It’s a great reflection and worthy of your time. But when I read the title, I thought of something a bit different.…

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