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A Cradle Catholic Learns to Pray the Rosary

"The family that prays together, stays together." Ven. Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. It would not be a stretch to declare that growing up, this was my family's motto. Every night, 9 pm sharp, my dad would call, "Prayer time, prayer time!" up the stairs, and out the door, and whichever kids were on the property… Continue reading A Cradle Catholic Learns to Pray the Rosary

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Marriage and the Holy Eucharist

Last week, I started talking about what happens to marriages when spouses practice frequent sacramental Confession. Long story short, it's a very good thing. You should do it. The next logical step is to see how the Holy Eucharist can affect your marriage. Again, the short version: it's very good. You should receive the Holy Eucharist… Continue reading Marriage and the Holy Eucharist

Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

I currently have four unread marriage books on my shelf and four more on my Amazon list. It's getting a little out of hand. The last one I read was Scott Hahn's latest, The First Society, and it added even more fuel to my passion for strengthening my own marriage, and the whole culture of… Continue reading Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

NFP in the Trenches- The Ultimate Answer
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NFP in the Trenches – The Ultimate Answer

Natural Family Planning isn't good enough. Even a regular and predictable fertile period causes division, frustration, and temptation. The not completely uncommon extended abstinence experienced by couples is enough to severely damage a marriage. Yes, yes, sex isn't everything in a marriage, but you'd be a fool if you tried to claim that it isn't something. And… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – The Ultimate Answer

Brianna and RJ's Story
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NFP in the Trenches – Brianna and RJ’s Story

Back in 2010, Brianna ran the Students for Life club at our university. I met her then-fiance the next year when we spent a lovely evening absolutely slaughtering the "Secular Students for Free Thought" in front of about a hundred or so people as we debated the morality of abortion. I'm not exaggerating. It was… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – Brianna and RJ’s Story

The Legendary Phase 3 Honeymoon
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NFP in the Trenches – The Legendary Phase 3 Honeymoon

As a woman practicing Natural Family Planning it's a frustrating reality that the one time when you are absolutely not fertile is the one time you are least likely to want to have sex. Biologically, it makes sense. Your body knows it can't make a baby, so it knows there's no need to push you… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – The Legendary Phase 3 Honeymoon

NFP in the Trenches - Kate and Ben's Story
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NFP in the Trenches – Kate & Ben’s Story

I've got another NFP power couple to introduce to you today: Kate and Ben Hendricks! I've run into Kate here and there online, you might recognize her from Stumbling Toward Sainthood, but in addition, she recently started a podcast with Ben under the umbrella of their site The Holy-ish Hendricks.  What was your longest period… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – Kate & Ben’s Story

the NFP Police
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NFP in the Trenches – The NFP Police

Last week, I started talking about the real changes that need to be made in how we talk about NFP. Let's keep that going and tackle my next least favorite thing about the NFP subculture: The NFP Police. You'll encounter them in online forums, in marriage prep, in books, and even on a bad day,… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – The NFP Police

Jen and Logan's Story
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NFP in the Trenches – Jen and Logan’s Story

Introducing! The one (or is it the two...?), the only, the amazing, Jen and Logan!!!  Okay, I'll calm down, but I'm just really excited that Jen and Logan took a moment to share their NFP experience. I "internet met" Jen back in November, and I'm so thankful I did. She and her husband, Logan, run… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – Jen and Logan’s Story

Charting: Why Wait?
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NFP in the Trenches- Charting: why wait?

Lately, most of my conversations start out, "so I read this thing online about NFP". My husband jokingly referred to my "obsession with the NFP subculture". Like any subculture, there are perennial debates. One of those is the grave/just debate, on which I laid out my feelings at the end of the last post, and… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches- Charting: why wait?