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Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

July 24, AD2014 39 Comments
Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

Something I have always found so intriguing within the parameters of women’s rights debates and feminist issues is how incredibly sacred contraception is to so many women today. It is lauded as a non-negotiable, absolutely critical component to female liberation and body autonomy, a major player in women’s rights and freedom. What joy it is […]

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NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 1 Comment
NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

The following is a series of blog comments posted by Heidi in the comboxes at the blog Little Catholic Bubble. I found her story so moving and inspirational that I asked her if I could consolidate her comments into a blog post in honor of NFP Awareness Week, and she graciously agreed. I’ve done some editing to the text that […]

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Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

July 22, AD2014 93 Comments
Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

The story of two homosexual men in Texas who became fathers of twin boys via a surrogate appeared in my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago, posted by a woman voicing her support for the men and her anger over their legal predicament. Each man is the biological father of one twin, and each wants […]

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Spouse-Sexual

July 11, AD2014 6 Comments
Spouse-Sexual

There is a lot of talk about “heterosexual” and “homosexual” out there. They are terms and notions so causally tossed around that to question them is the ultimate social sin. However, I would say that in general these terms are used as cookie-cutter categories to justify a “fate” view of sexuality or to reduce sexuality […]

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Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

July 5, AD2014 4 Comments
Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

Roller coasters are a centerpiece of the amusement park, a common summer vacation destination for many families including ours. While there is some danger involved in riding them, roller coasters can be safe when properly designed and tested. Engineers understand what forces a body can comfortably withstand. Proper measures are taken to ensure the cars […]

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Marriage is for The Few

June 19, AD2014 30 Comments
Marriage is for The Few

The coffee is finally done! Why does the first cup in the morning always take so long to brew? Finally, it is really Saturday morning. Thank you Lord. What a week. It just seems that I wasn’t able to please anyone this week. Why do so many things go wrong at the same time? I should have been a […]

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MARRIAGE: A Well-Defined Union

June 17, AD2014 6 Comments
MARRIAGE:  A Well-Defined Union

“Many well-meaning people think same-sex marriage is just about equality and spreading the benefits of marriage. Its more radical supporters know it’s about destroying marriage itself.”   ~Robinson and Richards, Indivisible “We must continue to witness to the truth about marriage, find new ways to make the reasoned case about what marriage is and work to […]

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Longing For Love

June 14, AD2014 7 Comments
Longing For Love

All I ever wanted in my life was to be loved. I don’t really remember what age I was when I decided that being loved was what it felt like to lay naked with a boy who liked me and have his arms around me. I’m guessing that being sexually abused plus watching Dirty Dancing […]

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What Every Catholic Marriage Prep Program Ought to Include

June 7, AD2014 18 Comments
What Every Catholic Marriage Prep Program Ought to Include

Joel recently completed a sacramental theology course for his diaconate studies. One of the questions on the final exam was: Outline a marriage preparation program for your parish. Explain what components you would like to include and why. Not only do we think this is an imminently practical question for any deacon-to-be, we think the topic […]

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A Male’s Perspective On Learning NFP: The Wonder of Woman

June 5, AD2014 7 Comments
A Male’s Perspective On Learning NFP: The Wonder of Woman

My fiancee and I have been taking classes on Natural Family Planning as part of our marriage preparation. Going into it, I knew the basic concept of it: a woman has cyclical phases of fertility and infertility, and knowledge of these phases and the physical signs indicating them can be utilized either to achieve pregnancy […]

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Having Children is Good for Couples

June 5, AD2014 2 Comments
Having Children is Good for Couples

Is it really? What about traveling, going out at night and working on your career? Don’t kids put a damper on relationships? As with anything that is really worth it, having children is difficult. Yet, as with anything that is really worth it, the benefits outweigh the sacrifices. I’ve heard Professor Janet Smith say in […]

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Humanae Vitae and Family Size—Should We Have a Big Family?

June 2, AD2014 41 Comments
Humanae Vitae and Family Size—Should We Have a Big Family?

This is the final column in a six-part series on Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s profound and heroic 1968 encyclical. The series’ introduction is here. The question of “responsible parenthood” as the Church defines it is taken up here. Questions about the unitive and procreative meanings of sex and why they should not be separated […]

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How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith

May 30, AD2014 18 Comments
How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith

The Catechism of the Catholic Church upholds the biblical directive that parents are the first (and most important) teachers of their children. What we often fail to realize is that what we do can have much more effect on our children than what we say or how we instruct. Who hasn’t seen one of their […]

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