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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Celebrating Food And Connection

Think back to the last meal that you ate…did you say grace prior to eating? Did you choose food that would nourish your body? Were you able to actually taste and savor your bites? Did you interact, connect and converse with the person with whom you were sharing the meal? Food Is A Connector Food…

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Three Marian Images of Pregnancy

There is a temptation to grow weary of the familiar. We see so many images of the Virgin Mary that they can begin to blur and lose significance. There’s also a temptation to tire of the familiarity of domestic life, especially in a culture that devalues interiority and motherhood. Perhaps in rediscovering the art we…

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Support the Church, Build the Family

“This will never work,” said Stacy after meeting Sean at Franciscan University and learning they had rival football teams. Yet, with grace and hard work, the Martins have been married 22 years and have six kids. All while Stacy cheers for the Browns and Sean roots for the Broncos. The couple, having practiced NFP since…

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Everything Beautiful in its Time

Fall and winter are seasons steeped in tradition for my family. It begins when we go on retreat at a Benedictine Monastery, spiritually resetting ourselves. Then school and soccer begin again. Next, we look forward to the Apple Festival, trick-or-treating in our NY hometown, Thanksgiving in Indiana. Then there is a plethora of Advent and…

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Strong Family, Strong Church

In San Francisco, Sean and Christina Sullivan are welcoming their fourth child this fall. She has been affectionately deemed “Baby Schmuffin” by their three girls.  “While slightly unexpected, this pregnancy has brought such joy and excitement to our family,” Sean shared. “Big Sisters (10, 7, and 5) are so excited and kiss Mama’s belly multiple…

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Serving the Church, Impacting Others

If Crystal Wen wasn’t an eye doctor, she’d be an OB-GYN. An optometry professor in awe of human creation, she realized early on that teaching Natural Family Planning (NFP) was a way she’d love to strengthen her marriage and serve the Church. Her husband Matthew agreed wholeheartedly. “We both have experience with ministry toward peers,”…

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Finally…It’s “Go Time!” for CCL New Projects

“I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, to go out and bear fruit that will remain,” (John 15:16) certainly applies to CCL. God has called forth our members from the world to teach and support the holy NFP “lifestyle.” For months I have been looking forward to shouting “It’s Go Time!” I…

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“Wait, Do You Only Have Two Kids?”

Can you remember the first time someone explained what the little phrase “being open to life” means in the Catholic world? I know I can. It was at youth group in high school and I remember thinking, “Okay, but I bet nobody actually follows that.” I brushed the idea off for a few years, but…

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Discerning in Love and Generosity

Discerning responsible parenting starts with prayer, but practical steps are handy too. Gabi and Marshall Boyland, an NFP teaching couple in Boise, Idaho, have a plethora of tips.   The couple fell in love during college at Montana State University. While Gabi was initially skeptical about NFP, she gave it a try when they discerned starting…

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