This article is part of a series called Abstinence and the love languages. Quality Time isn’t just about being around the other person — it’s about being present to the other person. It’s okay if the activity or event doesn’t go as planned — the point is to appreciate being in his/her presence! Here are…

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This article is part of a series called Abstinence and the love languages. The key to understanding Physical Touch as a love language is to realize it’s not about sex. If this is your spouse’s primary love language, physical proximity and interaction is key to making him or her feel seen and appreciated. NOTE: Some…

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When couples are experiencing periods of abstinence, we often hear a variation of this alarming phrase: “I’m afraid to even touch my wife!” It’s understandable. When every cell in one’s body is bursting with desire for their beloved, it can be hard to find ways to express affection that don’t lead back to the bedroom.…

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As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany this weekend, perhaps we can consider one lesson of the Epiphany: that it is a symbol of our own journey to Christ. The three wise men, we are told, believed the star of Bethlehem was announcing the birth of the King of the Jews. Still, they had…

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We are about to, once again, celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. The Incarnation is a wonderful gift we have been given: God became man to make Himself known to us. His birth was the necessary start to his mission to redeem the world and reconcile us with God. He came and taught…

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From the Family Foundations archives **** Encouragement for those new to NFP…from those who have been there. “Be patient and trusting with it; it can be difficult at times. Know that it is not the magic key to all marital happiness, but it can help.” – Cindy O’Connor “Patience! NFP has been the best thing for our…

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Out there in the depths of the Internet, there’s an entire calendar of quirky holidays. This day, August 1st, is National Mountain Climbing Day. It might seem a little unfair — after all, not everyone has access to mountains. And yet, everyone can still participate in a good, strenuous mountain climb. In fact, if we’re…

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From the Family Foundations archives **** I have never had sex. I do not plan on ever having sex. Our culture today leads many to believe that a man’s appetite for sex is like his appetite for food — it needs to be satisfied or he will wither. As a celibate man, I assure you, you can…

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NFP Uncensored is a series of candid accounts of the way NFP informs every aspect of life. You can follow the posts by searching for “NFP Uncensored” here in the Living the Love blog (use the search bar on the right-hand side of this page), or by searching #NFPUncensored on social media. In the past 50 years,…

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This year, the Week for Christian Unity falls on January 18-25. As in years past, ecumenism efforts have culminated during this time, with internationally-coordinated events and even an official theme. But now, in 2018, events could align to create a new platform for Christian unity: reproductive health. With more attention than ever on the dangers…

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