Well, Shucks. Y’All Are Makin’ Us Blush.

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I had to post this truly touching review from the Snoring Scholar of Lisa and my new book Just Married:  A Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First 5 Years of Marriage.oh, the things I would’ve missed if I hadn’t read Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage, by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak (who’ve written about 100 other books, and are professional marriage people, and have a radio show, and all sorts of credibility stuff).T … [Read more...]

Speaking of NFP, The Atlantic Discovers Something Faithful Catholics Have Known All Along

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There was a terrific article in The Atlantic last week on the growing awareness and promotion of Natural Family Planning by secular medical professionals (who prefer to refer to it as Fertility Awareness Based Methods--FABM).  Really good piece. ...surveys  conducted by physicians at the University of Utah show that when natural fertility-awareness methods are described to women, 25 percent say they would strongly consider using one as their means of birth control. But thanks to its glaring i … [Read more...]

Real Catholic Love and Sex Takes on the Ultra-Traditionalists on NFP So I Don’t Have To

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Really good piece over at Real Catholic Love and Sex on the struggle of ultra-traditionalists to accept Natural Family Planning.   Here's a taste.Ultra-traditionalist Catholics don’t get a pass on this any more than “Catholics for Choice”. “More Catholic than the Pope” is simply another form of protest and yet another way of being “Protestant”.Taking a closer look at the critiques, those who think promotion of NFP is a deviation from “traditional” Catholic teaching have often misunderstoo … [Read more...]

Women Want Romance and Men Want Sex, Right? Not So Fast…

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It has been a truism in both secular and Christian culture that "women want romance and men want sex" or "women give sex to get love and men give love to get sex."  I have always HATED these sentiments because, although I know they ring true for many they have NEVER rung true for me.  I am, personally,  a big fan of love, romance, sex and everything that has to do with marriage and, frankly,  I am more the man for it.  Beyond my personal experience, however, this message has always seemed inco … [Read more...]

The Married Guide to Surviving and Thriving over the Holidays

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Patheos Book Club is featuring Lisa's and my new book, Just Married: The Catholic Guide to  Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage.   They asked us to write a piece that could help couples at every stage of the marital journey make it through the holidays in one piece.  Check it out! Staying Married through the Holidays: Mission...Possible? Before you put your attorneys on retainer, here is a list of things you and your soul mate can do to survive, and maybe even thrive, dur … [Read more...]

Just Married: A Patheos Book Club Interview with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

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Deborah Arca of the Patheos Book Club interviewed Lisa and I yesterday on our new book, Just Married:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First 5 Years of Marriage (Ave Maria Press). … [Read more...]

Marriage Hack: Improve your Marriage (and your Life) in 3 Easy Steps

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On this feast of St. Jerome, who is almost as well-known for his temper as for his work translating the bible, we thought we'd share some tips for negotiating marital arguments.This video reveals a surprisingly simple, empirically-validated technique that anyone can use to improve their marriage and, surprisingly, general life satisfaction in 3 easy steps.  I'll describe those steps below, but it's worth watching the video to understand the background of the study and to get a sense of how … [Read more...]

Is No-Sex the New Sex?

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That's the title of an article at The Science of Relationships.The article itself covers a few different topics related to this theme, but the thing that struck me was a recognition by secular professionals that a lack of chastity (not the way they put it, of course, but still) is bad for relationships.  To put it in their language, the longer a couple delays the onset of sexual activity, the more likely the relationship will be long lasting and exclusive.Delaying the onset of sexual … [Read more...]


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