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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Silencing The Inner-Critic: 4 Keys to Loving Yourself

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It can be hard to love ourselves.Many of us are afraid that loving ourselves will make us narcissistic and selfish.  Many others of us have too hard a time getting past our inner-critics to even try to figure out what it means.Despite popular fears to the contrary, loving ourselves is an essential ingredient in being a truly moral person.  As Jesus, himself, observed, the Golden Rule states that we must love others as we love ourselves (Mk. 12:31). Perhaps the reason the people seem to s … [Read more...]

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More Sex Doesn’t Necessarily Increase Couple’s Happiness, New Study Finds

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Despite what many popular authors propose, a new study finds that more sex does not necessarily lead to greater relationship satisfaction. In fact, in the particular study, couples who had more sex at the researchers request experienced a slight decrease in both sexual and general relationship satisfaction.  In the words of the authors of the study..."The couples instructed to increase sexual frequency did have more sex. However, it did not lead to increased, but instead to a small decrease, … [Read more...]

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Resolving Sexual Conflict–A Spiritual Response

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Research shows that about 80% of couples experience some degree of conflict related to mismatched sexual desire.  Some couples manage this mismatched desire well while, for others, differences in desire can become a huge marital issue.  What separates between these two groups?Libido Not the Cause of ConflictIt turns out that mismatched sexual desire may, by itself, not be necessary contributor to marital conflict.  New research suggests that it is the couple's response to mismatched de … [Read more...]

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4 Ways Good Relationships Can Save Your Life

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Researchers estimate that 40% of Americans feel lonely.  That's remarkable, considering that we're more connected than ever.  Unfortunately, there is some evidence suggesting that the kinds of connections we're seeking are not the kinds of connections we need.  Most of us are actively engaged in some form or another of social media, but researches have recently discovered that the more time a person spends on social media, the more likely it is they will also experience a depressed mood.Pope … [Read more...]

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Big Announcement #1: You CAN Balance Baby, Marriage, Family, & Your Needs–Here’s How!

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We mentioned a few big announcements this week. The first is the launch of my latest book with my wife and co-host of More2Life Radio, Lisa Popcak titled, Then Comes Baby:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First 3 Years of Parenthood.  The biggest parenting question we get is, "How can I balance it all?  How can I attend to  baby's needs without losing my mind or my marriage?"    Then Comes Baby:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First 3 Years of Pare … [Read more...]

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Yes, There IS a Catholic Way to Parent. Here’s Why.

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Is there a Catholic way to parent?It really depends upon what you mean by the question.  If you mean, "Is there an approved list of preferred parenting methods the Church requires that we use for child rearing?"  Well then, of course the answer is "certainly not!"But if you mean, "Does our Catholic faith ask parents to have a mindset about parenting that reflects the Church's unique vision of family life and make choices that are mindful of that vision?"  Then the answer is, "u … [Read more...]

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“Do You Know His Name?”

"the person is a good toward which the only proper and adequate attitude is love.” -Pope St. John Paul the Greathttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9LGBBWTGgkTake a moment to learn the names of the people who serve you in some way every day. Let them know that they are a person to you. … [Read more...]

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