Catholic family life

Soon-to-be Saint Mother Teresa, teacher and promoter of NFP

Couples who practice natural family planning may soon have a patron saint. On Thursday, the day of his 79th birthday, Pope Francis signed a decree approving a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa. The date for her canonization is speculated to be September 4 of next year. Mother Teresa was a staunch…

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“Verily” refreshing magazine for young women

Our society certainly seems intent on pressing on women the seemingly impossible task of “looking good all the time.” With the glamorization of things like the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and a cultural fascination with celebrities that somehow look like porcelain dolls, it can be difficult being a young woman constantly surrounded by this body scrutiny. Magazines…

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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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Pope Francis’ talk on families

Since Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. in September, he has still left quite a “buzz” throughout the country, and I continue to be amazed at how such a short trip has made such a large impact. His welcoming and friendly demeanor truly encompass everything that is great about the Church, and even secular people…

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Women’s magazines – Love ’em or hate ’em?

Verily has broken new ground in women’s magazines, and we were grateful for our chance to feature Verily’s co-founder Janet Sahm in the March/April 2014 issue of Family Foundations. But, evidently, it hasn’t been an easy road. Weeks after our interview, and just as our issue was about to be mailed, Verily subscribers received this message…

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Family imagery at the conventions

by Mike Manhart, Ph.D. Executive Director I watched the President’s address Thursday night as I had watched Mitt Romney’s last week.  I’ll not dwell on the political positioning so masterfully orchestrated by both conventions, nor muse on how serious dialog on substantive issues has been supplanted by sound bites, straw men, and put downs. What…

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Resources: Teaching kids about sexuality

Here are a few CCL-recommended resources for teaching children about sexuality. Whole Life Curriculum Theology of the Body for Teens and Theology of the Body for Middle Schoolers Theology of His Body, Theology of Her Body Growing Up in God’s Image Sexual Wisdom: A Guide for Parents, Young Adults, Educators, and Physicians Sex Respect Family…

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Just one more

Real-life vignettes of welcoming the unexpected (You read the vignettes that appear in the July/August 2012 issue of Family Foundations here.) When my husband lost his job and we were facing a second move in less than two years, I immediately concluded (without much prayer or reflection, I’m sorry to admit) that this  was clearly…

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Mourning after the nightmare

From the May/June 2012 Family Foundations: by Holly Rutchik Jonathan and Kristin Smies expected their third pregnancy to be a smooth sail. Been there, done that. But the Teaching Couple from Green Bay, Wisc., was devastated by a miscarriage. Kristin, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mother to two daughters, 4 and 2, learned they were expecting while…

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Newlywed bliss meets budgeting woes

From the January/February 2012 issue of Family Foundations: by Kathleen M. Basi Before CCL members John and Lisa Neilsen got married, a priest told them every engaged person should save $60,000. It sounded ludicrous. How could anyone possibly save such an astronomical amount? But after their wedding in April 2010, the Neilsens came to view…

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