St. Joseph, The Model NFP Man

While living the NFP life we need to find support and role models wherever God provides them. It is a challenge to live this life by our own skills but that’s not how God designed it. As a teaching couple, we have been blessed that some of our students and fellow teachers have become companions…

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Charting in the First Year

Congratulations! Now you are married and can put what you learned in your NFP class to practice. On top of combining two lives into one, you now also get to start using NFP ‘for real’ together. It’s a great time for the husband to take over inputting the data onto the chart or app each…

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Finding and Connecting With Others

When my husband, Adrian, and I were first married, none of our friends were in steady relationships.  As we started our family, we still hung out with them, but they remained single.  We joined a parish and attended regularly but didn’t find groups or friends that we could connect with. The Family Foundations magazine we received…

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Laying the Groundwork for Lasting Marriage

CCL interviewed newlywed couples to discover common practices. When lived during engagement and early marriage, they will lay the groundwork for lasting, fruitful, and joyful marriages. Taylor and James had the quintessential high school romance and have been “inseparable” since meeting as competitors in water polo. They credit learning strong communication skills, having regular prayer…

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Abstaining from Frustration

NFP couples talk a lot about the blessings abstinence brings.  Some talk about SPICE (using the times of abstaining to pursue Spiritual, (non-sexual) Physical, Intellectual, Creative, and Emotional intimacy) and there is something to this. Couples who know how to manage Phase II abstinence well are masters of SPICE. They enjoy many benefits to the…

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Laying the Groundwork for Marriage

By Martha Haenni CCL interviewed newlywed couples to discover common practices that, when lived during engagement and early marriage, will lay the groundwork for lasting, fruitful, and joyful marriages. Foundational Elements For Elsie & Juan Carlos Hernandez, their shared Catholic faith, having an actively engaged parish priest preparing them for the sacrament of marriage, and…

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Start Giving Early in Your Marriage

By Heather Murphy, CCL Development Director I have always identified with the widow and her two coins in Luke 21; “she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Fortunately, Brendan and I have never been truly poor, but from the very beginning of our marriage, finances have been tight. We laugh (often ironically) that…

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Thoughts on IVF, Infertility & Miscarriage

CCL hosted a webinar where Clergy had the opportunity to ask a panel of Catholic doctors questions about NFP and fertility. The doctors answered in light of the latest medical and scientific information. Dr. Lauren Rubal shares answers to questions about IVF, infertility and miscarriage from that webinar. Q: Catholics who have lingering difficulty with…

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Evidence That NFP Is Good For Marriage?

By Mike Manhart, MD I’d wager that every couple believes and hopes their wedding day is the first day of a lifelong relationship. Today however, one out of every two adults encounter divorce in their family or of a close relative. I suspect many see a lifelong marriage as more an unrealistic ideal rather than…

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Navigating NFP Together

Céline Gaeta interviews Amber and Conner DeHart. As newlyweds, they believe having conversations about family planning and navigating it together is a solid place to start. Céline: Connor and Amber, tell me a little about your family and how you met! Amber: Connor and I met at work, and we were friends long before we…

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