Joy: the Cure to FOMO
Catholic, Culture

Joy: the Cure to FOMO

One of my more regretted decisions was watching the 2013 film This is the End with James Franco and Seth Rogan. 0/10, I would not recommend. For the finale, as the universe crumbles into chaos around them, the "heroes" escape the clutches of Channing Tatum and Satan (don't ask) and the one "hero" who sacrifices himself… Continue reading Joy: the Cure to FOMO

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Catholic, Marriage

Subject to Your Husband, as to the Lord

Ephesians 5:21-25 still frustrates me. I don't like the idea of being "subject" to anyone. Maybe it's the red-blooded American in me, maybe I'm actually a closet feminist (not likely), but most likely, it's just my fallen humanity saying, "I am the master of my own life." Despite not really caring for those verses, I know… Continue reading Subject to Your Husband, as to the Lord

Homeschooling: there's room for improvement
Catholic, Culture, Parenting

Homeschooling: there’s room for improvement

Every spring, the state homeschool conference rolls into town. I used to go with my mom as a kid. This year's conference marked a rite of passage: my first conference as a homeschool mom. Come this fall, my oldest and I will sit down every weekday to do a little light preschool. Public school has… Continue reading Homeschooling: there’s room for improvement

Catholic, Mary

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

Catholic, Marriage

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
Catholic, Marriage

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
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

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
Catholic, Marriage

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
Catholic, Marriage

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
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

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