Co-Creation With God

Growing up, I would often ask my mom to “Just tell me what you want me to do, and I’ll do it.”  She would remind me, instead, that she wanted me to look around and see what needed to be done and who needed a hand.  I wanted a checklist; she wanted me to develop…

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Growing in Faith, Growing in our Mission 

Written by Katie Zulanas. Originally published in Family Foundations. I had a good laugh the other day when I saw a meme that said, “I have a mustard seed and I’m not afraid to use it!” How hard it is sometimes for us to believe in that little mustard seed and see as God sees.…

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NFP is Pro-Woman

It’s National Women’s Health Awareness Week from May 12th-18th, 2024 and we expect to see media messages about how women have been empowered through contraception. But is contraception really best for female health? Is shutting down a perfectly healthy reproductive system truly empowering our daughters, wives and mothers? What If? What if there was a…

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The Colors of a Nutrient-Packed Diet

Colors equal nutrients, or more specifically, plant-based phytonutrients. The recommended intake of fruits and vegetables for adults is generally 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of adults actually reach this recommended amount. That’s why it’s more common for dietitians…

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The Beautiful Adventure of Motherhood

Every new mother, along with Winnie-the-Pooh, knows this to be true: “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.” We mothers know instinctively after the birth, or adoption, of a child, our lives will never be the same. Along with that sentiment can come doubt in our ability and…

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What Do the Apparitions of Our Lady Teach Us Today?

An apparition from Our Lady is a major spiritual event for a good reason. The Gospels record just a handful of times that Mary speaks – like the Annunciation, Visitation, Finding of Jesus in the Temple, and Wedding at Cana. When you think about Mary’s low-key persona in the Bible, it is pretty amazing that…

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You’re Beautiful…Believe it!

When I was in the fourth grade, I was lucky enough to sit in the back of the classroom with my very best friend — near enough to whisper, pass notes and raise our eyebrows significantly at each other. Lisa and I had one of those beautiful friendships where you live in one another’s pockets.…

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NFP: Not Just Good, Good for You

Who doesn’t want more ways to live a healthier, more joyful life? Couples who practice Natural Family Planning have even more reasons to celebrate their desire to live lives that are faithful to the Church because NFP isn’t just good, it’s good for you. Of course, most NFP couples know that natural family planning offers…

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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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PeakDay: The Catholic NFP App

You’ve chosen to use Natural Family Planning – so, why aren’t you using a Catholic fertility tracking app to help you practice NFP. Not all fertility apps are alike. Some apps share your data with third parties. Other apps bombard you with ads about birth control. Some offer support from specialists that may not share…

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Do You Have Hands of Mary?

This wonderful article, written by a religious sister, reflects on whether her actions follow in the footsteps of Mary’s actions. That is, do our actions point others to Jesus? It’s a great reflection and worthy of your time-especially in May, the month of Mary. But when I read the title, I thought of something a…

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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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