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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New Booklets for Better Fertility Health

Marilyn Shannon has been saying in Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition since 1990, “Many cycle problems can be alleviated — or even solved — simply through better nutrition or body balance.” Couple to Couple League has recommended her book to countless women and men over the past 30-plus years. Significantly, our NFP Teaching Couples and Fertility…

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Sharing Faith by Example

Illeane & Travis Athougies’ belief that the most important and effective way to show our children the beauty of the Faith is by example, is lived out in their ministry as a CCL teaching couple. Céline: Travis and Ileane, tell me about where your journey as a couple and as a family began! Ileane: Travis…

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A Lesson in Not Thinking Small

By S. J. Duca. Originally published in Family Foundations. You’re more likely to find Krista and Jake Lasko hiking, teaching, or mentoring than watching the newest Mission: Impossible movie this summer. The couple share a contagious enthusiasm for the real— being active and fully present to each other and their community.   In rural western Colorado,…

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A Novena for Pregnancy

Young St. Philomena has been such a powerful intercessor, she’s actually the only saint who was canonized on the grounds of intercession alone. While miracles have been reported regarding a whole span of requests, she’s known as the patroness of babies, infants, and youth. It’s unsurprising, then, that she’s taken a special place in hearts…

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An Infertility Book for Catholics

From the Family Foundations archives. **** When Angelique and Richard López first began experiencing infertility, Angelique went looking for a Catholic book on the topic but came up short. A few years later, her best friend, Carmen Santamaría, started down the same road. These Miami CCL volunteers decided to pool their research and write the…

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Infertility 101: The Basics All Couples Should Know

From the Family Foundations archives. An excerpt from The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples, by Carmen Santamaria and Angelique Ruhi-Lopez, reprinted with permission from Ave Maria Press. **** What causes infertility? About a third of the time, infertility can be traced to a cause within the woman. In another third…

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Infertility in Advent

Infertility is one of the worst pains that can befall a couple. And for those couples struggling to conceive, Advent — an entire season dedicated to the hopeful anticipation of a long-awaited birth — only highlights the aching they live every day. To all those couples reading this: we see you. Advice is probably not…

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St. Andrew Novena Begins Tomorrow

St. Andrew’s novena is traditionally prayed by couples hoping to conceive. St. Andrew was the first apostle to follow Jesus (along with his better-known brother, Simon Peter) and the first Sunday of Advent always falls on the Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s feast day of November, 30. The novena to St. Andrew is traditionally known…

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NFP Helps You Know the Best Time to Conceive

Trying to avoid or trying to conceive? It’s a pretty common question among those who use NFP since it’s a conversation that needs to be had every month. However, for couples who are contracepting it may seem like a crazy notion that you can use the same method of birth control to either avoid or…

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