Dumping Contraception for Natural Family Planning


Welcome back! It's Day 2 in our weeklong series on natural family planning (NFP). This post is linked up with NFP Link Week hosted at the blog NFP and Me. DISCLAIMER: This series is meant to inform and spark conversation about the Church's teaching on respect for human life. While these answers are in-line with Catholic Tradition, they are by no means exhaustive or comprehensive. We are not bioethicists nor moral theologians and do not claim to speak on behalf of the Church in answering them. … [Read more...]

Consecrate Your Home to St. Michael the Archangel

St Michael Vatican

July 5, 2013, was a busy day at the Vatican. Not only did Pope Francis release his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), Pope Emeritus Benedict joined our Holy Father in the Vatican gardens for a blessing of a new St. Michael the Archangel statue. At the same time of the blessing, Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to the Archangel's protection, saying: "We are not alone on the journey or in the trials of life, we are accompanied and supported by the Angels of God, who offer, so … [Read more...]

Together-Alone Time

Together Alone Time

On a recent Catholic Women Now radio show, mental health counselor Randy Kiel sat in our guest seat and talked about integrating college-age children back into the family for the summer (and sometimes beyond!). We talked about the technological fallout of what Randy coined "together-alone time" --- how easy it is to become isolettes gathered around a table while buried in technology without any relationship building happening. Isolettes, as in the incubators premature babies are placed in to … [Read more...]

5 Things Parishes Can Do To Stop Losing Young Families

Pope Francis - Lumen Fidei

Pope Francis' first encyclical Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) was released on Friday, and we spent some time reading through much of it together late last night. Hey, what are you going to do ... watch a rerun of Law & Order or read our Holy Father's first encyclical? Choices, people, choices! Coincidentally, our latest post for Catholic Stand was scheduled for today, too, and we were ready to submit a post about tangible things parishes can do to stop losing young families and start raising … [Read more...]

Keep Christ in Christmas by Celebrating Advent

St. Nicholas: The Story of the Real Santa Claus

Take back Christmas by preparing your heart to receive Christ. The commercialization of Christmas has hit a new low. Last year, Dr. Pia de Solenni joked about the possibility of trick-or-treaters receiving candy canes. This year, it actually happened to our daughter; first stop, no less! Should I really be surprised? For my part, I recently received my first say-Merry-Christmas-not-happy-holidays email forward, assuring me the “Keep the Christ in Christmas” movement is still alive and … [Read more...]

A Super-Stupendous “Celebrating Advent with Children” Giveaway

Welcome Baby Jesus by Sarah Reinhard

What better way to capture the wonder and awe of the Advent season than to experience it through the eyes of a child? In that spirit we present to you our super-stupendous, heretofore unprecedented, soon-to-be legendary "Celebrating Advent with Children" giveaway.  A little overzealous? Hey, what can we say. We is what we is, and we be zealots ... albeit tired zealots. Sorry if we're not as funny to you as we are to ourselves right now. Future generations may not write songs about this … [Read more...]

Today Only! “Bring Peace to Your Home” Advent Giveaway


What better way to bring peace to your home during Advent than with sacred Advent music and a simple Advent daily devotional? Advent at Ephesus They are young. They are hidden. They are extremely musical. And now they have a worldwide album distribution deal. But they don’t set foot beyond northwest Missouri’s rolling farmland. Why? Because they are contemplative sisters who live an austere yet joyful life set apart from the world. Just a few short weeks ago, the priory of the Benedictines … [Read more...]

Tune In and Listen: Catholic Women Now is On-Air!

Catholic Women Now with Julie Nelson & Lisa Schmidt

In eighth grade I wrote a paper titled "Don't Touch That Dial!" The assignment was to select an occupation of interest, research it, interview an expert in the field, and then present it all in a paper. I chose radio broadcasting ... I must have been a talk radio geek back then, too. I was so proud of the final paper and my hard-earned "A", that along with a few other items from my school days, it sill occupies a place in my keepsake box. Mrs. Hutton, the best English teacher a mom could select … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: My Attempt at Humor

The Scream

--- 1 --- Imagine this scenario. Your family recently relocated to Des Moines, Iowa. It's 6:00 PM on October 30. You're finishing up dinner with the family and watching a little Wheel of Fortune. The doorbell rings and the dog barks uncontrollably. Something strange is happening outside your front door. You grab your gun. You peek outside the sidelight and see three teenage girls dressed up as Honey Boo Boo with sequined-adorned pacifiers stuck in their mouths. They mumble the words "Trick or … [Read more...]

Indivisible: Jay Richards on Natural Law and Reason

Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before it's too Late

Christians need to facilitate dialogue without arguing politics and religion. Congratulations to last week’s giveaway winner Sally Pap! Enter to win a your own copy of Indivisible! Simply leave a comment here. Next Wednesday, July 25, we will randomly select this week’s winner. Giveaway sponsored by The Maximus Group. You also can buy Indivisible from Ignatius Press (with Voting Guidelines for Catholics bonus CD). This is the third installment from our interview with Dr. Jay Richards; … [Read more...]