On complaining honestly about NFP (and other crosses)

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Want to complain about NFP? Far be it from me to stop you! You could even go ahead and write a whole book about how hard NFP can be, and see where that gets you. (Psst, it's still on sale! $5 paperback, $2.99 eb0ok) . Couples who are struggling are very grateful to hear that they're not the only ones who hate NFP. There's nothing worse than feeling like, not only are you having a miserable time, but you're the only ones who aren't lovin' every minute of it. . Happily, the conversation about N … [Read more...]

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Slimes and Blunders caption contest

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My sister Abby used to write an NFP column called "Signs and Wonders." Her husband, naturally, referred to it as "Slimes and Blunders."  See? Marriage building!With that in mind, this one goes out to all you Creighton folks. Caption this for NFP Awareness Week:Or, maybe I'm in the wrong frame of mind to write about NFP Awareness Week.  … [Read more...]

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The Sinner’s Guide to NFP is on sale for NFP Awareness Week!

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In honor of nobody's favorite week of the year, my book's on sale all week! The paperback version, (usually $9-10) is now $5 (only when you order direct from OSV). The Kindle version (which you can read on any computer -- you just need to download the Kindle app), which is usually $4.99, is now $2.99. These prices will hold until  July 27th, so step lively! … [Read more...]

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How to set the new style Clearblue fertility monitor ahead five days for Marquette NFP

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As new Marquette NFP users, we decided to buy the new style fertility monitor, which came out in January of this year. We figured it would be the standard eventually, and that sooner or later there would be no tech support for the old style monitor. Plus, it's cheaper than the old one -- although the old one occasionally goes on sale at Rite Aid. In postpartum cycles before menses return, you're supposed to create artificial cycles by setting the monitor ahead five days; but the new … [Read more...]

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Ding ding! Your wife is ready. Sex Ed at the Fishers, part II

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I've recently started using Marquette, and haven't yet formed the habit of putting the monitor away in the morning. (I haven't yet formed the habit of putting anything away, to be honest, but that's a separate problem.) This means that the kids keep finding it and going, "oooOOOOOoooo, what's THIS?" Because yeah, the new style monitor kinda looks familiar:  It's confusing, Bill. We're all confused.Nevertheless, as parents, we believe in Always Answering Questions, … [Read more...]

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About the Pope’s “don’t be like rabbits” remark UPDATED

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   Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons First, kudos for Erin of Bearing Blog for spurring me to reread the full transcript of the Pope's recent in-flight remarks. He didn't precisely say "Catholics shouldn't be like rabbits" (and he never used the word "breed" at all). What happened was that the reporter asked him what he thought about the idea that so many in the Philippines are poor because of the Church's ban on contraception. The Pope replied: God gives you means to be r … [Read more...]

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Other people’s blessings

  I've had to remind myself, over and over again, that couples who really do love NFP aren't just lying. The "Oh, how I love the monthly cycle of courtship and honeymoon!" crowd haven't drunk any Kool-Aid. They're not necessarily undersexed, brainwashed saps who have never encountered true suffering.   They're just different from me, and if I expect them to respect my struggles, then I need to learn to respect their joy. Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

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