The Beautiful Adventure of Motherhood

Every new mother, along with Winnie-the-Pooh, knows this to be true: “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.” We mothers know instinctively after the birth, or adoption, of a child, our lives will never be the same. Along with that sentiment can come doubt in our ability and…

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What Do the Apparitions of Our Lady Teach Us Today?

An apparition from Our Lady is a major spiritual event for a good reason. The Gospels record just a handful of times that Mary speaks – like the Annunciation, Visitation, Finding of Jesus in the Temple, and Wedding at Cana. When you think about Mary’s low-key persona in the Bible, it is pretty amazing that…

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St. Joseph, The Model NFP Man

While living the NFP life we need to find support and role models wherever God provides them. It is a challenge to live this life by our own skills but that’s not how God designed it. As a teaching couple, we have been blessed that some of our students and fellow teachers have become companions…

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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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Food and Sex are Different Things

From the Family Foundations archives **** I have never had sex. I do not plan on ever having sex. Our culture today leads many to believe that a man’s appetite for sex is like his appetite for food — it needs to be satisfied or he will wither. As a celibate man, I assure you, you can…

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Pope Francis: Undervalued Mothers

Pope Francis talks about motherhood so well and so often that we’ve written on it before. Between his love for the Blessed Mother and his admiration for hard-working earthly moms, there’s a lot to cover: like the time he boldly called motherhood an antidote to selfishness, his decision to dedicate his papacy to Mary, and…

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Motherhood: Strongest Antidote to Selfishness

Pope Francis is the newest pope of the people. For the first time in decades, media reports on the Holy See are trending positive, non-Catholics find him endearing and his own flock reveal a certain admiration for him, lovingly calling him “Papa Frankie.” While we may have a special place in our hearts for the…

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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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Embrace the Cross

From the Family Foundations archives **** “Embrace the cross” is a phrase that will never find its way onto the cover of Cosmopolitan as a means of improving your sex life. And yet, I’ve found it is the one way that really works.  Some couples are dissatisfied with their sexual intimacy; this is evident in the many magazine…

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St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Mother’s Sacrifice

Today we celebrate the feast day of one of CCL’s beloved patron saints, St. Gianna Beretta Molla. We honor her for her respect and esteem for marriage and motherhood, and her ultimate sacrifice of choosing her baby’s life over her own. St. Gianna’s story is quite an inspiring, yet heartbreaking one. A devout Catholic, she studied…

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