Category Archives: News

Your Love Story

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I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to CCL’s new book, Your Love Story: the Couple to Couple League Guide to Engagement and Marriage! Not yet published, CCL is seeking help with funding their publishing campaign, spreading the word about it’s upcoming release, and prayer for it’s success. Can you help?

If you haven’t heard about the book yet, here is one synopsis: “Deacon Bill Turrentine has written a book entitled Your Love Story. It offers a profound challenge to our secular-dominated culture’s shallow and impoverished view of sex and marriage. This book is an unapologetic reaffirmation of God’s intention for sex and marriage. Well reasoned and researched, using personal stories, illustrations, and humor, Your Love Story is the perfect guide for couples seeking authentic, lifelong marriage.”

“This book, Your Love Story, offers the truth about marriage and family in a way that young people can relate to.” We need more books like this! And I know your help in making this one available sooner will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

A Guide to Contraception

Sometimes it is helpful to have a resource like this handy, for our own questions and those of others: In this article entitled “A What’s-What (and Why It’s Wrong) Guide to 21st-Century Contraception,” made available courtesy of Family Foundations (the bi-monthly publication of CCL), author Kathleen Basi consults physician Dr. Tom Papreck about the different types of contraceptives available.

This article contains information on how they work, why they often are chosen, the moral problems of using them, and a list of other things that people seldom hear about or problems that arise with the use of them. Knowledge is power.

The article is also available on our Resources page (so they’ll be no need to hunt down that old blog post to find it.) 😉

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Need for Clergy to Preach on Sexuality, Fr. McCaffrey

This (very long overdue!) post is dedicated to an excellent article on the need for clergy to preach more on the topic of sexuality found in Humanae Vitae.

Father Daniel McCaffrey, who on behalf of Natural Family Planning Outreach travels the country speaking on human sexuality, marriage and family life, shares with LifeSiteNews the importance of the upcoming Vatican Synod of Bishops on the Family to address this need. Among other things, Fr. McCaffrey says, “Contraception is a cancer destroying our Church today,” and that, “it’s the root cause, in my opinion, for much of the heartache that the Church has today with regard to marriage.” Click here for the full article.

If interested, you can also find the entire papal encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae, on the Vatican’s website. It is a must read!

breakfast-21707_640Whew, what a summer! Hope everyone has had a great one. Can’t believe schools are back in session, or for others, will be starting soon.

It’s already time for our Mid-MO NFP Family Potluck!

Please come join us this Sunday. It will be at Our Lady of Lourdes-Flanagan Hall, starting around 12:30pm (following the 11:30am Mass). Anyone and everyone is invited, whether a NFP-user or not. Singles, couples, families, everyone. There’s sure to be good food, not to mention good company. We hope to see you there!

 

Article: Catholic Experts React to Historically Low Fertility Rate

This is a very interesting article about some commentary regarding our historically low fertility rate: Catholic Experts React to Historically Low Fertility Rate in America.

The article states that according to a recent National Center for Health Statistics report, “the total fertility rate has not been above replacement since 2007, and it has dropped every year since.” Catholic experts speculate things that may have led to this problem include a poor economy and the increase of divorce and cohabitation, especially as unstable relationships tend not to be conducive to producing children. I could paraphrase the heck out this article, but really, you should just read it here.

This article makes me think about the Great Overpopulation Myth. Did you know that it is a myth? I wasn’t enlightened until a few years ago. We do not have an overpopulation problem. We are having an underpopulation problem. Here are a couple of websites that do an awesome job explaining:

Question: Did you know that overpopulation is a myth? Or are you skeptical about it?

 

 

New Website

Welcome to the new website!

Hopefully the transition is an easy one. Well, besides the fact that I’ve changed all the authors so now it looks like I’ve written everything on this blog. I haven’t. I hope to be able to correct the mistake, but meanwhile, know that Kathleen Basi is really the genius around here (who has a really awesome blog of her own). 🙂

All of our subscribers should have been transferred to this new website, so if you have not received notification of a new post from the new website, please try resubscribing on the new website, then let me know if that does not work.

If you have not yet subscribed to our website, please do so! Subscribing builds up the NFP community, and keeps you informed of upcoming classes, events, and news. Even if you’re not 100% on-board with all that NFP encompasses, it is a great way to learn a little more with each post. Don’t forget to tell others about us.

The hope is that our new website address will be easier to remember and more searchable. The old website will remain active long enough to ensure all traffic is redirected here. If you have any questions or feedback, it is surely welcome! Thank you for supporting Natural Family Planning. It truly makes a difference in marriages, families and society!

Blessings!

Maria

Awesome Resource: 1Flesh.org

Have you heard about 1Flesh yet? A new movement (circa 2012), their goal is to promote natural family planning (non-method-specific) through University chapters and media campaigns, such as the one below.

Their tagline, “Bring Sexy Back,” reminds me of the words of Bl. Pope John Paul II. Though speaking about pornography at the time, it translates well in regards to human sexuality in general (taken from Theology of the Body I believe):

“[…]The problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person,
but that it shows far too little”.

Taking it a step further: the problem with Society’s portrayal of sex is not that it shows too much, but far too little. When people learn the truth about sex, the full and beautiful truth instead of a twisted one, they are liberated. Therefore, I wish 1Flesh all the best in their endeavors!

On CCL’s blog, The Art of NFP, there is an article Christina Ries wrote about her interview with 1Flesh’s president, Marie-Claire Reer. You should check it out here.

Incidentally, there is a 1Flesh chapter at Truman State University. Go Bulldogs!

Our Mission & Evangelii Gaudium

pope-FrancisPope Francis challenges me. There is no way for me to listen or read his words without feeling he is speaking directly to me and calling me to action.

One of the things I really appreciate about being a volunteer with the Couple to Couple League is that it is truly a ministry. As a couple, my husband and I can minister to other couples and families with a message that is sorely missing today. Together we can help build stronger marriages and thus stronger families. We do this through our NFP apostolate.

My husband recently found the following paragraph in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which seems to summarize our position within the Church. I thought it would be interesting to share not only with the general public to elaborate on our mission, but also with other CCL volunteers as a reminder of where we fit in the greater scheme and how we serve our communities:

“Other Church institutions, basic communities and small communities, movements, and forms of association are a source of enrichment for the Church, raised up by the Spirit for evangelizing different areas and sectors. Frequently they bring a new evangelizing fervour and a new capacity for dialogue with the world whereby the Church is renewed. But it will prove beneficial for them not to lose contact with the rich reality of the local parish and to participate readily in the overall pastoral activity of the particular Church. This kind of integration will prevent them from concentrating only on part of the Gospel or the Church, or becoming nomads without roots.” (Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 29).

Blessings!

 

Pope Francis’ Letter to Families

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, wrote the following letter to all families. I have reposted it here from the vatican website. Here is the original link. It is so worth taking the time to read…and reread.

Dear families,

With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.

This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.

I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (cf. Lk 2:22-38). Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally “seen” salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.

Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.

From the Vatican, 2 February 2014
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

 FRANCIS