Dumping Contraception for Natural Family Planning

Abundant Living Natural Family Planning

“Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today.” Leaving behind contraception to begin natural family planning (NFP) can be a bit like this. It can be easier to cling to familiar ways than to leave them for something new and uncertain, no matter what the promise. Let’s try to clear up a couple common fears and misconceptions about NFP.

Consecrate Your Home to St. Michael the Archangel

St Michael Vatican

Pope Francis recently consecrated the Vatican to St. Michael the Archangel’s protection. So I pondered: If Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to the Archangel’s protection, can Joel and I do the same for our home and family, the domestic church?

Together-Alone Time

Together Alone Time

“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 protect them, shield them, from unwelcome environmental influences. It’s a jarring image. While it may be a positive short-term environment for a preemie, it’s not the preferred condition. Being insulated from human interaction is not beneficial for any of us in the long run.

Question: In this digital age we live, how do you combat “together-alone” time?

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 up the next generation of saints. As we read Lumen Fidei, we found pearls of wisdom and nuggets of gold to weave into our post. In other words, we wanted to strike while the iron was hot!

Keep Christ in Christmas by Celebrating Advent

St. Nicholas: The Story of the Real Santa Claus

Has the commercialization of Christmas turned you into Scrooge? Rather than just making lists, baking cookies, hanging stockings, and wrapping presents, spend some time preparing your heart for the birth of our Savior by actually celebrating Advent. Here are some practical suggestions.