The Cascading Blessings of NFP In Marriage

Corbin and Emma share how NFP impacts the way they live as a family every day. It’s a life skill – something more than the thermometer, charts and app. It’s a lifestyle that has filled their lives with a cascade of blessings that they would never have imagined. Something More Emma and Corbin met in college…

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NFP: For All Seasons of Life 

Does practicing NFP have benefits for those outside the childbearing years?  Based on personal experience and studies in literature, I would argue it does.  NFP is a life skill that has benefits well beyond those focused on assisting the decision to postpone or conceive. For couples using NFP, I have documented the benefits of improved…

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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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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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Great Time for a Fresh Start

We are now beginning the Easter Octave and it’s time to look ahead. We roll away the stone of Lent and celebrate and rejoice in the Resurrection. Now it is time to enter into a new beginning, a new life with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Time for a fresh start. Easter offers us…

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Evidence That NFP Is Good For Marriage?

By Mike Manhart, MD I’d wager that every couple believes and hopes their wedding day is the first day of a lifelong relationship. Today however, one out of every two adults encounter divorce in their family or of a close relative. I suspect many see a lifelong marriage as more an unrealistic ideal rather than…

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Ask Me (Almost) Anything About NFP

CCL offers a bi-annual Live Clergy Seminar. In 2023, the “Ask Me (Almost) Anything about NFP” webinar, hosted by three Catholic doctors, gave clergy the chance to ask questions that were the most pressing for them about natural family planning, contraceptives, fertility and faith. Priests and deacons, diocese and parish staff, and even one international…

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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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More Evidence that Periodic Abstinence is Good for Marriage

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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