the NFP Police
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

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

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Jen and Logan's Story
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

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?
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

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?

L & B's Story
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches – L & B’s Story

Last Thursday, I introduced this "NFP in the Trenches" series with a promise of real-life stories from the non-poster children of NFP. Today, I'm sharing the first story, from "L & B". Some of the couples you'll get to know a bit better, but due to the sensitive nature of the material, some couples, like L… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – L & B’s Story

Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches- time to change the conversation

Before I got married, when someone said Natural Family Planning, I thought of this: After I got married, had a kid, and actually had to start to postpone pregnancy, when someone said NFP, I thought of this: That is not an uncommon experience. NFP is billed as a magical system that helps unite a couple… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches- time to change the conversation

America's Pastor on Millenials
Catholic, Culture

America’s Pastor on Millenials

A few hours ago, America began it's final farewell to the Reverend Billy Graham. I'll confess, before learning of his passing last week, I'd never really given him much thought. Mostly I saw him as the archetype of the Protestant revival preacher. Over the last week, though, I began tuning into the tribute channel on… Continue reading America’s Pastor on Millenials

Be an Excellent Mom
Catholic, Culture, Parenting

Working to Be an Excellent Mom

I love Latin, I really really do. I love that we have a common language to speak about matters of our Faith, and it's an absolutely gorgeous language to sing in. But when it comes to philosophy, Latin falls short. Ancient Greek is so much more effective and precise. They fit complex concepts and teachings… Continue reading Working to Be an Excellent Mom

Which Works of Mercy are right for you?
Catholic, Culture, Politics

Which Works of Mercy are right for you?

Last week, I was updating my personal facebook and came across an unfortunate entry into my "Favorite Quotes" from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. She and I have long since ceased being on speaking terms (although I still think it's a good story albeit with horrible morals), but seeing that quote reminded me of the first hint I… Continue reading Which Works of Mercy are right for you?