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Author Archive: Jay Boyd

Jay Boyd was received into the Catholic Church in 2002, contrary to all expectations of her cradle-Catholic husband, Jerry. Since her conversion, Jay has focused on understanding and proclaiming the true teaching of the Magisterium, especially as regards life issues and the liturgy. Several of her articles on these topics have been published in Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Jay earned a doctorate in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1989, and taught a few years at the college level, but her life’s work has involved pouring her time and energy, heart and soul, into the rearing of two children who have grown up to be a couple of the most wonderful people you’d ever want to meet. She admits, however, that this has much more to do with God’s grace than her own abilities as a mother. Jay lives in northeastern Oregon and blogs at Philothea on Phire. She has recently published a book, "Natural Family Planning: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom?" which is available on Amazon.com.

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Save the Liturgy, Save the Large Family

September 12, AD2013 12 Comments
Save the Liturgy, Save the Large Family

When I first posted “What If I’m Wrong About NFP?” on my own blog, this comment appeared: This is what it looks like in the trenches…One or two couples out of thirty in these prep classes have an understanding of Church teaching. Most are openly living together and contracepting. Even those who go to Mass […]

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\”What If I\’m Wrong About NFP?\”

August 15, AD2013 78 Comments
\”What If I\’m Wrong About NFP?\”

“What if I’m wrong about NFP?” No matter where you stand on the use of NFP and the need for “serious reasons”, you can ask yourself this question. I’m including myself. I have written a number of posts about NFP (go here to see the list, with links) from the perspective that spacing births is […]

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Brain Death and Organ Donation

July 18, AD2013 8 Comments
Brain Death and Organ Donation

A year or so ago, I renewed my driver’s license – something you only have to do every 8 years in Oregon. The clerk asked if I wanted to continue to be an “organ donor”. I declined. I had learned some things about organ donation and brain death…and why the concept of brain death is […]

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Hope Springs Eternal: Rebuilding the Liturgy

June 20, AD2013 3 Comments
Hope Springs Eternal: Rebuilding the Liturgy

This post is excerpted from the Epilogue of my new book, Zeal For Thy House: Suffering Through Mass, available on Amazon. I am not a Bible scholar by any means, but it seems to me that we who suffer through Mass may find a source of solace and hope in the books of Ezra and […]

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Sacred Music and Catholic Identity

May 23, AD2013 5 Comments
Sacred Music and Catholic Identity

A Protestant Face Book friend – addressing her mostly Protestant friends – posted this “status”: Just wondering, when worshipping in a corporate setting, where is the line between letting go and worshipping freely, and self-indulgence that causes distraction and becomes a stumbling block? Ah, yes. I was a Pentecostal Christian for a number of years. […]

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NFP: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom?

April 25, AD2013 149 Comments
NFP: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom?

This is the “Conclusion” of my book, Natural Family Planning: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom? The book is available on Amazon and Kindle. Marriage is intended to be fruitful; God said so Himself! God\’s plan for the sanctification of the married couple includes their cooperation with God in procreating new souls destined for Heaven. […]

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Suffering Through Mass

March 1, AD2013 29 Comments
Suffering Through Mass

Sometimes bad liturgy happens to good people. That is, sometimes the faithful who desire to experience a liturgically correct Mass are denied the opportunity. What options are available when such a situation exists in one’s parish? Of course, one could respectfully ask the pastor to address and correct the abuses…[crickets chirping]. Yeah, right. Speaking from […]

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Church Militant: Forward March!

January 31, AD2013 13 Comments
Church Militant: Forward March!

“The Church must be militant in order to thrive and flourish.” So said Rod Pead (editor of Christian Order magazine) in a speech he gave thirteen years ago, but which could have been given yesterday. His words ring loud and true. The time has obviously come when Catholics need to be true Catholics. Persecution is […]

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