Abstaining from Frustration

NFP couples talk a lot about the blessings abstinence brings.  Some talk about SPICE (using the times of abstaining to pursue Spiritual, (non-sexual) Physical, Intellectual, Creative, and Emotional intimacy) and there is something to this. Couples who know how to manage Phase II abstinence well are masters of SPICE. They enjoy many benefits to the…

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Laying the Groundwork for Marriage

By Martha Haenni CCL interviewed newlywed couples to discover common practices that, when lived during engagement and early marriage, will lay the groundwork for lasting, fruitful, and joyful marriages. Foundational Elements For Elsie & Juan Carlos Hernandez, their shared Catholic faith, having an actively engaged parish priest preparing them for the sacrament of marriage, and…

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Start Giving Early in Your Marriage

By Heather Murphy, CCL Development Director I have always identified with the widow and her two coins in Luke 21; “she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Fortunately, Brendan and I have never been truly poor, but from the very beginning of our marriage, finances have been tight. We laugh (often ironically) that…

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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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What’s An NFP Guy To Do?

By Jim Volpe Pain Points In the software industry, we have a saying, “Run towards the pain.” In Business, after identifying a pain point, we exercise that process more until we find out what is wrong. Then we fix it. This is a great strategy with computers, but things are a bit different with humans.…

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A Valentine’s Day Gift of a Different Variety

Valentine’s Day is often either a beloved day to show appreciation to loved ones or despised for its use of commercialism. While yes, it’s a great day to be a florist, a jewelry store or a candy store, we all know buying things for each other does not scratch the surface of what love and…

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Agricultural Chemicals Affect Male Fertility

Male Fertility For couples struggling to conceive, the focus in treatment often lies with the woman. If you live in an area with a strong agricultural presence, however, take note: agricultural chemicals affect sperm count and motility, and thus male fertility. The Study In 2002, Shanna Swan, a professor of family and community medicine at…

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