For all the cyber sturm und drang yesterday surrounding Pope Francis comment that Catholics don’t have to reproduce like rabbits to be faithful to the Church, many people forget that only a couple of short weeks before, (yes, I know, a millennium in the news cycle), at the meeting of the National Association of Large Families, Pope Francis said some very supportive things about parents who are heroically generous in the service of life. The presence of large families is a… Read more

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still take my Dayquil and my antibiotics, but maybe I’ll follow that up with an extra big hug from anyone who can stand to be around my snuffly self.  (from PsychCentral) It’s cold and flu season again — make sure you get plenty of sleep, take some extra vitamin C and … hug each other a little more. Yes, that’s right. A new study reveals that frequent hugging lowers your chances of becoming ill during… Read more

Over at Crux News the other day, Margery Eagan posted a column indicating that she was “devastated” that Pope Francis crushed her hopes for reform on pelvic issues by affirming Pope Paul VI’s courage in promoting Humanae Vitae.  A snippet: “Although he has not lived it himself, I had thought he understood something about good people living real lives in real marriages. I had thought he even understood something about the beauty of sex in marriage, the need for sex in marriage…. Read more

Pope Francis raised more than a few eyebrows yesterday when he said, “Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits – but no.”  Pope Francis asserted that the church counsels “responsible parenthood”  a phrase referenced in several Church documents, including Humanae Vitae, Familiaris Consortio, and St. John Paul II’s Letter to Families. Doubling down, Pope Francis went on to recount the story of a woman he… Read more

This past Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel, NBC News reports. During the mass, the Catholic leader encouraged the infants’ mothers to breastfeed their babies. “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry,” Pope Francis declared in his homily.According to Reuters, the written sermon used the Italian phrase for “give them milk,” but during his… Read more

This article isn’t perfect, but the fact that its as good as it is and in CNN is a minor miracle.  Nice to see the world is catching up with those of us who’ve been in the know since Humanae Vitae.  Now if we could just get the Church to capitalize on this to start promoting our resources…. FAM is frequently referred to as the rhythm method — a system in which women predict their likely fertile days based on… Read more

When you have a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you withdraw like a turtle into its shell? Or perhaps you expect your partner to be a mind reader about what ticks you off?  Those are two of the most common types of disengagement in relationships, and both can be harmful, but in different ways and for different reasons, says researcher Keith Sanford, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences…. Read more

Although, as Christians, we are called to be charitable toward others, there are some relationships that we simply have to acknowledge are patently unhealthy.  Certainly we can pray for healing, but we might need to do that from a distance! Unfortunately, sometimes the least healthy relationships are the ones we’re most anxious about letting go!  This article from PsychCentral can help you discern whether you’re in a toxic relationship with a poisonous person. 1. It seems like you can’t do… Read more

CNN posted an article today asking if it’s OK to “spy” on your kids’ texts and posts to social media. I’ve heard this question before and it always strikes me as odd.  Generally speaking, I agree with the parent in the article who said, “It isn’t spying.  It’s parenting.”  But more than that, I think that we need to cultivate the kind of relationships in our families that make talking about and sharing our lives a natural thing.  As a… Read more

According to Dr. Melissa Bartick, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the strong stance against  infant co-sleeping/bed-sharing previously taken by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control may have actually caused more infant injuries and deaths. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics is currently reviewing its safe-sleep recommendations. Dr. Bartick notes the problems with the original recommendations. the AAP’s statement from which it comes is based on just four papers. Two of… Read more


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