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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5 Ways to Get More Out of Marriage Prep

I’m currently four months deep in an 8-month engagement. As I write this, my fiancé is in a U-Haul moving across the country. He’ll stay there until I move and join him after the honeymoon. As we are now long-distance and because he is not Catholic, much of the planning and prep still remains. Despite…

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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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Laying the Groundwork for Lasting Marriage

CCL interviewed newlywed couples to discover common practices. When lived during engagement and early marriage, they will lay the groundwork for lasting, fruitful, and joyful marriages. Taylor and James had the quintessential high school romance and have been “inseparable” since meeting as competitors in water polo. They credit learning strong communication skills, having regular prayer…

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Life Lessons From The Last Supper

The Last Supper, by Leonardo Da Vinci, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy Isn’t it is beautiful how, when you least expect it, an image can set off a train of thought you never anticipated? Not long ago, while in adoration in my parish church, St. Mary of the Assumption, an altar carving I have looked…

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St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

March 19th, Feast Day of St Joseph On March 19th, the Church celebrates St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is one of CCL’s patron saints because he is a role model for husbands, fathers and anyone trying to live a chaste life. There is a beautiful painting that hangs in the National…

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Habits for a Strong Marriage

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. Building on friendship and shared faith, trusting in the Church’s teaching authority, increasing the habit of prayer, and relying on the wisdom of a sponsor couple, Samantha and Daniel…

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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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