Posts Tagged ‘sex’

The incarnation of marital love

We are about to, once again, celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. The Incarnation is a wonderful gift we have been given: God became man to make Himself known to us. His birth was the necessary start to his mission to redeem the world and reconcile us with God. He came and taught…

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Transfigured

The world around us tells us in a million ways that we are nothing special. Most of all, it tells us that the gift of our sexuality is nothing special — in fact, it’s a big problem. We manipulate our hormones, poison ourselves, make war on healthy organs, or place physical barriers between us, trying…

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On St. Jean Vianney and NFP

I’m sure I’m not the only parish priest who tends to daydream when thinking of what happened in the village of Ars during the pastorate of Fr. Jean Vianney. In 1818 when he was first assigned the parish was lukewarm, with at most a few people at daily Mass and hardly any regular Communicants. By…

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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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Straight talk on NFP, man to man

From the Family Foundations archives **** So you’re getting ready to get married in the Catholic Church and you’re wondering about natural family planning? You’re probably wondering if it’s really good for your marriage and why the Church cares about your method of family planning. You might be wondering what life is really like for couples who…

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Amoris Laetitia for NFPers, not dummies

From the Family Foundations archives **** “‘Marriage was not instituted solely for the procreation of children’ but also that mutual love ‘might be properly expressed, that it should grow and mature.’” – Amoris Laetitia, 125 I talk about love. A lot. God is love, and any who preach Jesus Christ must always preach love. I teach sexual…

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Reduced libido: Could there be a physical cause?

From the Family Foundations archives **** There are physical issues that reduce libido, and in fact, a reduced sex drive could very well by your body’s way of alerting you that things are not quite right. A healthy libido is normal and a sign your monthly hormones are in sync as they should be. So while relationship…

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Candid advice from a happy housewife

From the Family Foundations archives **** Isn’t this totally a fun topic?! Thank you so much, dear fall of Adam, for wreaking havoc on our sexuality! In all seriousness — and I do mean, in all seriousness — it has taken me nearly 20 years to appreciate the blessing and gift of our marital covenant. And I…

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Contraception vs. NFP: What’s the difference?

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * by Sr. Helena Burns If both contraception and NFP are a means to avoid pregnancy, what’s the difference? To understand the answer, we need to ask a few questions first.  What comes first in sex: love or life? Both! Love and life are both equally important purposes of…

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Zombie apocalypse: Spirituality, sex and the lay vocation

Humanae Vitae Giving Day *  *  * by Dr. Greg Popcak On this 49th Anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, one point that continues to be overlooked is that sexuality stands at the center of the lay vocation. Attempting to practice a lay spirituality while ignoring sex is like living a zombie spirituality that divorces…

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