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Natural Family Planning (NFP) from My Perspective

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Natural Family Planning (NFP) from My Perspective

Natural Family Planning (NFP) from My Perspective Meeting-Dating My wife and I kept up a long-distance relationship for a very long time before actually meeting in person.  She is from Louisiana and I'm from Ohio.  We chatted on the phone and online in chat rooms, where we met, back when the hardest part of our conversations was getting kicked offline and having to wait on the dial-up to reconnect. We met in person for the first time at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio for a Defending the Faith Conference.  Her parents traveled with her as did mine.  I think...

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God Challenges

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God Challenges

St. Dominic Matthew 15:21-28 I love a good challenge. I love to be challenged to rise up and meet a difficult task. I often find that I create these challenges myself. I am currently working on an allegorical poem with an insane rhyming scheme. It usually takes me an hour or two to finish eight lines but I love the challenge. I must admit, however, that I have a melancholic temperament and sometimes challenges can overwhelm me. It's not that I can't overcome the challenge but rather that I often consider all the options in such detail that I become...

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If Only

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Saint Agatha, virgin & martyr

Mark 6:53-56

In my teen years I was filled with this phrase - if only. If only I had a car I could go and do what I wanted. If only I didn't have to go to school I'd be much happier. If only (insert desire) then (insert poorly perceived result).

Today's Gospel made me put these "if only" moments in perspective. In my "if only" moments I am usually acting in a...

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Undaunted Faith

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Undaunted Faith

Mark 2:1-12 There is so much to this reading. Every time I read it I think of something different to meditate on. In the past I have always seen the paralytic as merely along for the ride. I have read it with the idea that perhaps he was telling his friends to put him down or to give up. Maybe he was discouraged by the crowd and asked them to simply take him home and they could try another day when Jesus wasn't so busy. Maybe that says more about my personality and what I need to work on. But...

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