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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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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Finding Strength in My Perfectly Imperfect Witness

My husband and I just finished teaching another marriage-preparation course yesterday. Every month for the past two years we’ve had the opportunity to witness and talk to young couples about sex and natural family planning. There’s nothing like 40 pairs of eyes staring straight back at you with the look of, “You guys are out-of-your-mind…

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Finding and Connecting With Others

When my husband, Adrian, and I were first married, none of our friends were in steady relationships.  As we started our family, we still hung out with them, but they remained single.  We joined a parish and attended regularly but didn’t find groups or friends that we could connect with. The Family Foundations magazine we received…

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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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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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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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Creating Catholic Traditions

By Susan Hoefer for Family Foundations magazine. In the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, the father of 5 daughters who are looking to get married, speaks of the importance of tradition.  “Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as—as—as a fiddler—on the roof!”  Given our society’s current infatuation with progress,…

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