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 0.04°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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Learning NFP? Start with Sympto-Thermal

OK, you’ve been hearing about fertility awareness-based methods. You like that they are safe and healthy. But how do you know which method to learn? You could search online to find advice or surveys that help match a method to your personality, lifestyle or needs. There’s good logic behind that. But I recommend everyone start…

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Growing in devotion to St. Joseph as my spiritual father

As I help prepare for our family’s Father’s Day celebration this weekend, my thoughts happily keep turning to the foster father of Jesus, thanks to recently working on a Consecration to St. Joseph. I must admit my sorrow at neglecting a deeper relationship with him before now. As a woman, I pretty much relegated St.…

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February: National Self-Check month

his February — which is National Self-Check month — commit to making your fifth vital sign your most important self-check. Don’t accept vague dismissals about what “normal” periods look like (after all, normal and healthy are not always the same). Don’t be fooled by the artificial “stability” of the Pill or the lie that to be good, a female body must perform like a man’s.

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