Making Straight the Path

Written by Katie Zulanas, Executive Director. In a “post-Roe” world, we have been inspired by and are asking for the intercession of John the Baptist as we “make straight the paths” to learning and living the NFP lifestyle. From his first powerful witness, when he leapt in the womb of his mother in greeting Mary…

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NFP Brought Down a Wall Between Us

Written by Teaching Couple Mitchell and Chelsea Duplantis. Originally published in Family Foundations. Chelsea: I started taking the birth control pill when I was in high school. All of my friends were on it and I was also beginning to date, so I thought it was a smart idea. I was loosely raised Catholic, but…

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Life Has Won

Written by Katie Zulanas, Executive Director. As I write this, I see the proclamation “Life has won!” and there is cause to rejoice with the overturning of Roe v Wade, and in my mind some acknowledgement can be made to the steadfast work of the members of the Couple to Couple League. Despite seemingly overwhelming…

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Day of Creation Celebration!

Not too long ago, our family had a season of summer vacations to national parks. Every other year we made a road trip to one of the great ones: Big Bend, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. It was the right time for us to do this- three of our four kids then were boys, ages ten down…

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Creating New Pathways

I remember when I saw that 0.4°F rise in temperature on my first chart.  Suddenly, Humanae Vitae became very personal.  It applied to me.  It applied to us.    It communicated that I was wonderfully made—according to God’s design. My husband and I were part of a bigger design.  Wow.  That personal experience – although it…

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CCL in Postpartum?

It is quiet in the garden these days outside our office window at the Holy Spirit Center.  Seemingly little happening there; however, just like at CCL, the “groundwork” for growth is being established.  It is, in fact, a very busy time for us!   I had our team laughing when I remarked that CCL was in…

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Our daughters deserve better

It happens way too often. I’ll hear from one of the young women learning NFP from CCL who would like help reviewing their chart. That’s the good part. The frustrating part is that they often don’t know enough to help me answer their questions. Our daughters deserve better. One example is a 29-year-old woman who…

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Alphonsus Liguori united two purposes of marital act

Many of us know that the teachings of the Church on marital love are founded on the inseparable connection between the two meanings of the conjugal act: the unitive meaning and the procreative meaning (HV #12). Less well-known is that it took centuries and the teaching of several doctors of the Church for this foundational…

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More evidence that periodic abstinence is good for marriage relationship

New research confirms that despite the challenge of periodic abstinence, the use of natural family planning can be beneficial for marital relationships. The study, “Natural Family Planning and Marital Chastity: The Effects of Periodic Abstinence on Marital Relationships” (Linacre Quarterly, June 12, 2020) by Richard J. Fehring, PhD, RN, and Michael D. Manhart, PhD, found…

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