Marriage

Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

| 03-26-AD2014 | [18]

I read this piece by Simcha Fisher that was a response to this piece by Emma Smith on Catholic Exchange. I thought I would add my piece. I feel like I have a different point of view than both Simcha Fisher and Emma Smith, but I agree with Simcha when she says that marriage is “a […]

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In Defense of ‘Marriage is Work’

In Defense of ‘Marriage is Work’

| 03-22-AD2014 | [35]

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from a young woman and it exemplifies a gracious response. She wrote as a young woman engaged to be married and excited about her faith, yet was criticized for not writing as something she is not, a woman with years of experience being married. Please join us in […]

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Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home

Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home

| 03-01-AD2014 | [4]

It began because I’d put off housecleaning. (It’s bad for me spiritually to do this because then I get vexed by time constraints in addition to mess). I went to my two daughter’s room and found a great disappointment. (Again another potential spiritual snare). I’ve been trying to help my daughters take on the responsibility […]

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Discovering the Love of God through Marriage

Discovering the Love of God through Marriage

| 02-18-AD2014 | [8]

The love God has for his people is intense, all-consuming, a torrential force of love that is poured out from His heart and on to us. His love is not deserved, earned, or ours to claim as if we were entitled to it. No, it is a freely given gift from a good and merciful […]

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Humanae Vitae: Questions of Conscience

Humanae Vitae: Questions of Conscience

| 01-13-AD2014 | [33]

This is the fourth 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 are […]

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Humanae Vitae: Bonding and Babies

Humanae Vitae: Bonding and Babies

| 12-16-AD2013 | [3]

[This article is the third in a continuing series on Humanae Vitae.  Last time I examined the question of what the Church means by responsible parenthood.] At the very heart of Pope Paul VI’s profound and heroic 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae is the teaching that the marital act has two meanings which ought not be […]

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Masters of Suspicion vs. the Meaning of Life: Getting ‘Theology of the Body’ Right

Masters of Suspicion vs. the Meaning of Life: Getting ‘Theology of the Body’ Right

| 12-03-AD2013 | [19]

“The meaning of the body is in some way the antithesis of Freudian libido. The meaning of life is the antithesis of the hermeneutics ‘of suspicion.’” (Blessed Pope John Paul II, TOB 46:6)   So, have you ever wondered whether, somewhere in the hundred-plus audiences of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body,” […]

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Are You Just Flipping Out?

Are You Just Flipping Out?

| 11-26-AD2013 | [8]

It is odd sometimes. I am living what some of my Catholic-mom-friend peers might consider their worst fears. They treasure their marriages and the spiritual lives of their children and devote themselves tirelessly to the well-being of both. To have their husbands die and their children leave the Church would be seemingly be certain heartbreak […]

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Marriage: “Same Love?”

Marriage: “Same Love?”

| 11-21-AD2013 | [50]

I hate the fact that I have to change the radio stations that keep playing the song “Same Love” by Macklemore. What bothers me most is that these seemingly natural lines are sung along to by people bopping their heads in their cars… as if they were universal and obvious truths: “The right wing conservatives […]

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Humanae Vitae:  Responsible Fatherhood

Humanae Vitae: Responsible Fatherhood

| 11-18-AD2013 | [30]

[This article is the continuation in the Kevin Aldrich's Humanae Vitae series.] The moral evil of intentionally separating the unitive sexual act from its procreative end is at the heart of Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. In 1968, in a well-orchestrated media event, dissident Catholic theologians condemned and distorted Paul VI’s encyclical before it was […]

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The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

| 11-13-AD2013 | [6]

Have you ever read a book where you find yourself talking out loud in response to what you’re reading? Simcha Fisher’s The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (available on Kindle with upcoming publications in Audible and print formats) is definitely one of those books. I can’t remember how many times I said, “Yes!” or […]

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Blessed JPII’s ‘Thomystic’ Personalism: Mature Purity and the Hope of Everyday

Blessed JPII’s ‘Thomystic’ Personalism: Mature Purity and the Hope of Everyday

| 11-04-AD2013 | [4]

If someone asked me for a short summary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Catecheses on Human Love (Theology of the Body), I would probably say: It is the Holy Father’s unique analysis of the “redemption of the body” through which he “re-reads” the encyclical Humanae Vitae and reassures us that our call to a […]

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Are You Getting Enough Nuts in There?

Are You Getting Enough Nuts in There?

| 10-30-AD2013 | [1]

“Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation! It is a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but it is to be shared” -Pope Francis, World Mission Day 2013 “Are you getting enough nuts in there?” asked Michael’s aunt as she threw dates and chestnuts at the […]

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Humanae Vitae: Fatherhood Introduction

Humanae Vitae: Fatherhood Introduction

| 10-21-AD2013 | [13]

[This article is the first in a series on Humanae Vitae: Fatherhood.] Pope Paul VI’s widely rejected, and even ridiculed 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae is in my view the most important of all the documents of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church on marriage and the family. The reason is that it goes to the […]

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NFP Book an Accidental Bestseller

NFP Book an Accidental Bestseller

| 10-14-AD2013 | [2]

Popular blogger Simcha Fisher’s first book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, became a bestseller overnight after Fisher accidentally published the e-book a month early. “I freaked out when I realized it was live, but I couldn’t figure out how to take it down. The next morning it was a number one bestseller on Kindle,” […]

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Why Not Surrender on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’? Because Consent Makes Marriage

Why Not Surrender on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’? Because Consent Makes Marriage

| 10-08-AD2013 | [8]

A few of the skirmishes continue, perhaps, but isn’t the war against so-called “same-sex marriage” effectively over? Aren’t we Catholics on the losing side of a social and cultural shift in which the meaning of marriage is now irrevocably altered? Why continue the fight? Why? Three little words: “Consent makes marriage.” This simple and ancient […]

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A Letter to Isabella

A Letter to Isabella

| 09-26-AD2013 | [3]

In a few short weeks my wife Miriam and I will be welcoming our first born, Isabella. The approaching of this holy and awesome life-changing event has, in recent weeks, caused me to pause time and again to reflect on my hopes and prayers for my daughter and the world she will someday help to […]

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Smother Her with Love

Smother Her with Love

| 09-23-AD2013 | [2]

Amour is a 2012 French film about an elderly man’s love for his wife. As Anne’s quality of life slowly deteriorates, Georges’ generous love for her grows, up until the film’s climax. Let’s recall the fundamentals of marriage. Can you define marriage correctly? This is essential in this day and age. Marriage is the freely […]

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The Day the Air Conditioning Man Told Me He Got Fixed

The Day the Air Conditioning Man Told Me He Got Fixed

| 09-17-AD2013 | [103]

A friendly young air conditioner tech came over to check the system at our home. Small talk led to him asking, “So how many kids do you have, anyway?” “We have eight.” Shocked, laughing, “Oh, are you crazy?!” I was not offended; I could sense a good heart. ”Ha ha, well, two are in college, and […]

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Save the Liturgy, Save the Large Family

Save the Liturgy, Save the Large Family

| 09-12-AD2013 | [12]

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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Divorce is No Answer to an Unhappy Marriage

Divorce is No Answer to an Unhappy Marriage

| 08-31-AD2013 | [9]

Leo Tolstoy is frequently quoted from his classic novel Anna Karenina as saying how all happy families are the same, but unhappy families are all unhappy in different ways. I disagree and feel that he got it backward. Happiness is infinite in its variety, and happy people and happy families can find their joy in […]

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Pregnancy and the Catholic Father

Pregnancy and the Catholic Father

| 08-29-AD2013 | [6]

Roughly six months ago, after many prayers, tears and anxious months of waiting, my wife, Miriam, and I learned with great joy that we are expecting our first baby later this year. The months of anticipation since have been filled with the typical joys and nervous concerns that I suspect all parents experience particularly with […]

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Weariness and Current Events

Weariness and Current Events

| 08-27-AD2013 | [13]

Upon completing Joseph Bottum’s now notorious essay in Commonweal, several dozen snarky thoughts crossed my mind, some of which I shared elsewhere. But honestly I don’t feel like being snarky because Bottum’s seemingly bottomless (sorry, couldn’t resist) piece makes me more sad than anything else. In one sense I share Bottum’s weariness. It’s a weariness […]

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“What If I’m Wrong About NFP?”

“What If I’m Wrong About NFP?”

| 08-15-AD2013 | [77]

“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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Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness

Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness

| 08-14-AD2013 | [3]

Christians everywhere are grieving the loss of sanity through loss of Christian values. Some predict that when things get bad enough, people will come to their senses and return to God. I am not holding my breath. I used to think that when the results of Godlessness became obvious, the masses would become more Godly. […]

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The Tragedy of Marriage

The Tragedy of Marriage

| 08-10-AD2013 | [3]

All of these things are my own personal observation based on my personal experience, so I am not expert on anything other than my own screwed up first marriage. Yesterday I was just innocently scrolling down my Facebook feed and I came across a story of a man who killed his wife and then posted the […]

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A Young Widow On How to Treat Young Widows

A Young Widow On How to Treat Young Widows

| 08-06-AD2013 | [16]

In my work with grieving families, much of the coaching I do is to help young grieving parents communicate their needs to their friends/relatives so that those close to them, who may not have any previous experience with perinatal death, can be supportive and nurturing rather than adding to the burdens of the grieving. Then, […]

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Why Didn’t Someone Share the Truth with Us?

Why Didn’t Someone Share the Truth with Us?

| 08-04-AD2013 | [22]

It was an interesting NFP Awareness week at our blog The Practicing Catholic. We wrote a week-long series about natural family planning, and we lost a few followers. Are we disappointed? Sure, a bit. We felt called to share the beauty of the Church’s teaching about human sexuality through the lens of natural family planning, […]

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