Men Want MORE Romance–And Other Surprising Relationship Facts

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, men really DO value romance in relationships!  So much so, in fact, that 33% of men are bothered "a lot" by the fact that their significant other isn't MORE romantic.  That, combined with the fact that men are MUCH MORE LIKELY to fall in love at first sight than women (48% vs. 28%) reveals the surprising truth that men crave love (as opposed to just sex) much more than most people think.  What other relationship myths do you believe?  Check out more surprising rel … [Read more...]

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Promoting NFP Just Means Catholics Don’t Believe in Being Stupid–Period.

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<Sigh>The author of this piece  (arguing against universal NFP training in marriage prep) is responding to a piece I wrote last year for NFP Awareness Week.   And, although I know he is completely well-meaning,  he completely missed the point.To say that couples should NOT be required to learn NFP--as the author of this article does-- is, in my mind, the equivalent of saying, "As Catholics, we think it is good and noble for people to be completely ignorant of how the female body ac … [Read more...]

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Major Cheating Websites Hacked–Members Threatened with Exposure

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According to KrebsOnSecurity"Large caches of data stolen from [a major] online cheating site [ed. note.  I have redacted the name of the site so as to not participate in the promotion of their "work"] have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company’s user databases, financial records and other proprietary information. The still-unfolding leak could be quite damaging to some 37 million users of the hookup service, whose slogan is 'Life i … [Read more...]

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“You Make Me Sick!” The Surprising Ways Your Spouse May Be Undermining (or Helping) Your Health

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Researchers consider it a well-establish fact that the quality of our relationships, in general, and our romantic relationships, in particular, wield huge influence over our physical health and well-being.  We know, for example, that people who are unhappy in their marriages are at significantly greater risk for disease than couples who are happy together.  What was less clear is the mechanism by which relationships impact our health.  But a new study finds that the degree to which you feel un … [Read more...]

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Dr. Strangelove (OR) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Natural Family Planning. (Part III in a Series)

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This is the third post in my series titled, The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning which attempts to propose some practical and sensitive avenues for addressing the struggles many couples have with NFP.  Click the links for Part One and Part Two.It isn't unusual in NFP circles to run into faithful, devout, well-intentioned people who use NFP but live in a constant state of fear about it.  Sometimes they are concerned about the method for health reasons (e … [Read more...]

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The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning (Part 2): Dealing with Frustration Continued

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Before you read this, I hope you'll take a moment to read Part 1 in this series. The challenge of sexual frustration in NFP is a serious problem that deserves serious answers. Take a moment to read my original post that lays the groundwork for what follows.  I'll wait.Read it?  Great.   Let's continue.Oh, in that last piece I said I'd deal with medical concerns and extended fertility etc in Part II.  I see now that's going to have to be Part III.  That's written already, but I'll post it … [Read more...]

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning–PART 1.

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Apparently all the 4th of July fireworks got a lot of couples thinking about the fireworks that weren't happening in their bedrooms.  It's usually difficult to ever find anyone writing anything about Natural Family Planning.  This week brings two different posts on the challenges of using NFP.  America Magazine has an article about the struggles various couples have with the method due to everything from medical complications to failure of the method to struggles with periodic abstinence and the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on Marriage, “Marital Wounds Hurt Children.”

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Pope Francis made some powerful observations about the importance of working to create strong marriages."Dear Brothers and Sisters: We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another. Through our words, actions, or omissions, instead of expressing love for our spouse or children, we can sometimes diminish or demean that love. Hiding these hurts only deepens such wounds, leading to anger and friction between loved ones. If these wounds are … [Read more...]

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