Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church’s total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care.

This means “instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way” (Familiaris consortio, #35).

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.

NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.

Click here to view the official USCCB NFP site

Couple to Couple League

Billings Ovulation Method

Northwest Family Services

Family of the Americas

Creighton System 

NFP and More Site

NFP Outreach

FREE NFP Tracking Software for your Palm Pilot

Theology of the Body Site

Science and Creation … with NO Conflict At All

Science and Creation … with NO Conflict At All

There’s an ongoing battle between some Creationists and Scientists, but this site simply explains … using short videos … the physical characteristics of every element that’s included in the periodic table.

Watch a couple of the videos … and see if it doesn’t make you want to give thanks and praise to God, the Creator of all things.

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Believe in God, but not religion?

Q: Believe in God, but not religion?
If someone believes that God does exists, but does not go to church, or believe in the bible, or in an after life in Heaven or Hell, are they called an Agnostic, because I know an Agnostic is someone who does not know if there is or is not a god.

A: An agnostic is typically someone who doesn’t really care whether God exists … or not … or that God is simply unknowable.

Someone who claims to believe in God, but not religion, obviously believes that faith in any deity will get the job done.

Authentic religion will prove … both logically and factually … that such a belief is simply not true.

The Catholic Church teaches that the primary purpose of our human existence is to come to know and love the one, true God.

Next, is the virtually simultaneous process of being ultimately perfected in God’s grace, so that we might one day, be fit to share with him all that he is and all that he has, for all eternity.

There is no religion on the planet that compares with the divinely revealed, complete, consistent, practical, and systematic theology of the Catholic Church.

And that’s no coincidence, since the Catholic Church was personally founded by Jesus Christ, who is God, and who proved it, by rising from the dead.

“Flying Priest” Feared Dead

“Flying Priest” Feared Dead

Rescue crews are scouring densely forested mountains in southern Brazil for some sign of the Roman Catholic priest who vanished over the Atlantic Ocean after sailing into the air under a cluster of colorful helium balloons. (April 25)

 

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Officials confirm discovery of balloon priest’s remains

Do You Know This Man?

New Analysis Confirms Second Face on Shroud of Turin and Raises Questions About Other Images

NEW YORK, March 11, 2005 — Skeptics and people who believe the Shroud of Turin is the genuine burial shroud of Jesus have always shared one common perception: they thought they knew what the man on the shroud looked like. Now, new computerized image analysis suggests they may be wrong.

Results of this analysis suggest that many characteristics of the images on the shroud are optical illusions caused by random plaid patterns in the cloth. For instance, because of these patterns, the face of the man on the shroud appears gaunt and the nose abnormally long and narrow. By using image enhancement technology to reduce the effect of the variegated patterns, the shape of the face changes significantly. The face takes on a broader look and the nose becomes realistic looking.

Shroud researchers have discovered that these patterns are caused by alternating bands of darker and lighter threads in the cloth. Ancient linen was often manufactured by bleaching the thread in batches before weaving, thus producing nonuniform whiteness in the cloth.

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What is your opinion on Catholics?

Q: What is your opinion on Catholics?

A: Catholics are the “spoiled rich kids” of Christianity, on whom God has lavished all his love and care, for the last 2000 years.

Many Catholics neither appreciate God’s abundant blessings, or do much of anything to reciprocate.

The clergy has been out of control for hundreds of years … and there’s the real source of the problem.

That said, those Catholics … clergy or laymen … who take the time to come to know and love God, and who act accordingly, by faithfully and charitably participating in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church, will almost certainly obtain all the blessings and rewards that God has promised … and much, much more.

Killed in Darkness, Remembered in Light

Killed in Darkness, Remembered in Light

by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

On the afternoon of Sunday, July, 27, 2008, close to five hundred of the faithful filled the tremendous Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament that Mother Angelica built in Hanceville, Alabama. They were gathered for the funeral of three children – Karen Esther, Enoch, and Rebekah.

The three children were all in the same small white casket. All had been killed just weeks earlier by abortion, and discarded in the trash outside of an abortion mill in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, transported the children to Alabama.

I conducted the funeral ceremony. Mother Angelica’s community of sisters sang. The People of Life prayed, worshipped, mourned, and rejoiced in the hope of resurrection. As they honored the dead, they recommitted themselves to protect the living.

I have done funerals like this in various parts of the country. It was especially important, however, that this funeral took place at Mother Angelica’s Shrine. I remember when she first told me, years ago, that at the heart of her vision for that Shrine was the unborn child. This was to be a place dedicated to the Divine Child, and a place where children in the womb – so easily forgotten and discarded in this culture of death – would be remembered and celebrated.

That’s what we did on July 27.

I reminded the congregation of the funeral that Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago conducted back in 1988, when he buried two thousand aborted babies. When asked about the legal implications of the burial, he responded that such concerns paled to insignificance in comparison to the evil of taking innocent human life. He said he was doing a corporal work of mercy – to bury the dead.

That’s what the People of Life do. They protect the living, and they bury the dead. They are not ashamed or afraid to honor in public those who are dishonored in secret by the hidden violence of abortion. By gathering in large numbers to bury aborted children, and by letting as many people as possible know about it, they make up in some small way for the callous disregard in which these children are held by many in our society.

That’s why the 16,500 babies found in a large container in the Los Angeles area in the mid-1980’s had to wait for three years before they were buried, as abortion supporters launched a legal battle to block the burial. They did not want society to acknowledge in any way that there was any humanity there to be honored. Just throw them away – and the more secret, swift, and private the better. So the abortion advocates believe.

But the Church believes different, and as we believe, so we worship. The congregation – including children holding their parents’ hands – filed by the casket, which was open, and viewed the remains of these babies. There were tears of sorrow, but full of hope.

Each person left that church more committed than ever to bring the killing to an end.

This column can be found online at http://www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2008/08-07-27-hanceville-funeral.htm

Fr. Frank’s columns can be heard via podcast. See www.priestsforlife.org/podcast for more details.

Fr.. Frank’s columns can be listened to in MP3 format at www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2008/index.htm
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Praise for our Work!

Dear Janet and Fr. Frank, just wanted to let you know since our [Gospel of Life] program was on the “Angel network” we have been receiving around 30+ phone calls per week! In addition, we have had 3 International calls. One from France and two from England. Thank you so much for helping us reach out to more people in need. We look forward to working with you soon. Always for Life, Shawn and Kambra Malone (Back in His Arms Ministry)