Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! What are Julie and Lisa talking about this week on Catholic Women Now? They have Eileen Valdez in studio to chat about the Divine Mercy Des Moines celebration. Tune in — we’re Catholic Women Now, heard only on Iowa Catholic Radio; streaming online, too. . . . → Read More: Up This Week on Catholic Women Now: Divine Mercy
Holy Mary! Now this is a giveaway! In honor of a local gal writing this review of Christopher West’s new book “Fill These Hearts” and our prize vault getting a little full, we’re hosting a MEGA giveaway open to our central Iowa readers only. . . . → Read More: Review (and Giveaway+) of Christopher West’s New Book
How would you answer this power question: What in your life has given you the greatest fulfillment? Today’s post is courtesy Sarah Underhill and she tackles it with us.
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I took on a new work position last month, and with that change, brought on a new manager. He’s one of those managers who makes you want to work harder, who’s well-respected, successful, and is one of the reasons why I’m back enjoying my job again. (Oh, and can’t forget to mention he’s Catholic, so even more reasons to like the guy!).
At a sales meeting a few weeks back, he handed out a book to my colleagues and . . . → Read More: Power Questions & the Fullness of Faith
Editor’s Note: In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, welcome back Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Read Part 1 of Renee’s testimony 6 Things I’ve Learned Since Dumping the Pill.
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Once we removed the pill from our marriage, my husband and I experienced healing we didn’t know we needed. This truly was a turning point in our marriage. But after the birth of our first son, we had to trust in God another way … postponing pregnancy. Here comes the responsible parenthood part.
What’s responsible parenthood? It’s the virtuous decision made by a married couple to either conceive a child or postpone conception. Catholics are NOT expected to have . . . → Read More: 5 Steps to Embracing Natural Family Planning
Editor’s Note: In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, please welcome Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Renee and husband Kerry are parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, Iowa, where they teach Natural Family Planning classes. This is Part 1 of Renee’s testimony. Part 2 is 5 Steps to Embracing Natural Family Planning.
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“This is just the rhythm method and everyone knows that doesn’t work.”
“Everyone who follows natural family planning has big families and we can’t afford that.”
“NFP is too hard to learn.”
“Catholics don’t really follow this anyway. It’s so . . . → Read More: 6 Things I’ve Learned Since Dumping the Pill
Editor’s Note: I am honored to share this guest post from Sarah Reinhard who writes about marriage, motherhood, the Catholic faith, books, and life on the farm at her website: snoringscholar.com. Her new book Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless offers activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement. It’s a terrific resource — check it out! ~ Lisa
Get info on Sarah's new book here: http://bit.ly/JYYTVV
When I’m standing in front of the room of fifth-graders, grabbing their attention from the arm wrestling or fashion talk with captivating tales of adventure, it’s easy to be Catholic.
When I’m sharing with another mom why . . . → Read More: Beyond the Pew: Being Catholic in the Rest of Our Lives
The desire to have a family leaves couple stranded with a moral dilemma
Editor’s Note: In 1987 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the direction of Pope Blessed John Paul II and prefect Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), issued a document known as Donum Vitae (“The Gift of Life”). It teaches that if a given medical intervention replaces the marriage act in order to engender life, it is not moral. One such reproductive technology, which the Church has clearly and unequivocally judged to be immoral, is in vitro fertilization (IVF). Read more from the USCCB at Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology.
. . . → Read More: One Couple’s Story: The Moral Shipwreck of In Vitro Fertilization
For 39 years, thousands of people have made a pilgrimage to Washington, DC to bear witness to the sanctity of human life. This year was no different. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision (Roe v. Wade) that changed the United States of America in a way no other decision has done in the past. It ushered in the culture of death and a society and nation with little regard to the dignity of each human being. The March for Life is a time of mourning; a time of prayer, fellowship, renewal, and hope.
Iowans for LIFE organized 118 middle school, high school, college, young adult, . . . → Read More: Reflections from the 2012 March for Life
Council Bluffs, IA Knights of Columbus at the 2011 March for Life
Dave Anson has an interesting story. Ordinary guy, who happened to be raised without a firm faith foundation. He served in Vietnam, experiencing, as did many of the very young men who served there, a lot of terrible things.
Anson worked hard at bringing himself to a good place in his life after a less than perfect time as a young man. His journey led him to wonder about the truth of God. So as he sat at a computer one day, Anson, who’d been attending Baptist services, did an Internet search asking simply who started the Church. His query led him . . . → Read More: Living Out the March For Life