LIVING

‘Have you heard of Natural Family Planning?'

"I just don’t feel right,” the post-partum mom told me as we waited together outside the classroom to pick up our preschoolers. She’d just had her third C-section three weeks earlier and her incision wasn’t healing well. She also shared with me that she’d had an IUD placed during the C-section. “I don’t do hormones, so this was our only option,” she said. She had three children spaced closely and her body needed a break. But she was worried and uncomfortable about what the IUD might be doing to her body, in addition to her other post-partum complications. “Have you heard of natural family planning?” I asked her. “NFP is completely healthy, with no side effects. It’s highly effective, and it’s good for your relationship as well.” She was interested and asked me to bring her more information next time we met outside the preschool door. 

Avoiding the Disneyland Meltdown

Several years ago our family took a leap of faith and went to Disneyland. This required well over a year of saving to afford the airfare, park tickets and a room in the Disneyland Hotel. Arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon, our girls burst into our room inspecting the Disney themed art that assured them they were, in fact, in Disneyland.

What men need to hear

Fathers are heroes. A father who is living his vocation shows what it means to be a fulfilled man by giving himself away in love for his wife and children. He follows the model of Jesus Christ pouring himself out for his bride, the church, and giving his life for us.

The Eucharist - a mystery of light

Half of adult Catholics are unaware of the church’s teaching that the eucharistic bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.

How to make the best of tough transitions at your parish

Many years ago, T.H. White’s The Once and Future King fascinated me with its retelling of the legend of King Arthur. White’s tragic version of the legend explores the romantic ideal of a good king who struggles to bring a reign of justice and prosperity in the form of an idyllic Camelot.

Obianuju Ekeocha and the ‘feminine genius’

"The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.” – Pope St. Paul VI, Address to Women at the Close of Vatican II, December 8, 1965

Queen of the May

"O Mary! We crown thee with blossoms today.” Many are familiar with this 19th-century Marian hymn traditionally used during May crownings.

Real love vs. pornography

In the late 1930s, Nikolaas Tinbergen demonstrated a new concept in biology: “supernormal stimulus.” Introducing plaster eggs larger and more brightly colored than ordinary eggs into birds’ nests, he found that birds could be tricked into neglecting their real eggs in favor of the fake ones. Similarly, he used models, larger and more brightly colored than ordinary butterflies, to lure male butterflies away from real females. Animals can’t always tell the difference between a counterfeit and the real thing.