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Natural family planning helps us communicate, brings us closer to God, couples say

February 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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“It was shocking for us how it worked,” said Aryn and Sean Sylvester, referring to their use of natural family planning (NFP) in the early days of their marriage, some 16 years ago.

Just four months prior to their wedding day, the Phoenix-based couple realized that “we wanted to do something to provide for the spacing of births and postpone pregnancy, but we did not want to do anything artificially.” Read more »

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Natural family planning: Why and what

February 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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When it comes to sex and birth control, you may have heard that the Catholic Church says a resounding “NO!” This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Catholic teaching on love, sex and “responsible parenthood” is a resounding “YES!” — to God’s plan for men and women.

Natural family planning is part of this “Yes” because it respects God’s plan for married love. Let’s take a look. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Natural Family Planning

February 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Javier and Gretchen Mena of Sterling Heights, Mich., who volunteer their time to teach others about natural family planning in the Archdiocese of Detroit, share a moment with their 19-month-old son, Javier Jr. (CNS photo/Joe Kohn, The Michigan Catholic)

Javier and Gretchen Mena of Sterling Heights, Mich., who volunteer their time to teach others about natural family planning in the Archdiocese of Detroit, share a moment with their 19-month-old son, Javier Jr. (CNS photo/Joe Kohn, The Michigan Catholic)

 

 

It’s a common misconception that the Catholic Church requires married couples to have an unlimited number of children.

The church asks couples to prayerfully and prudently discern what God is telling them by their circumstances and in their hearts as to the best timing and number of children he’s calling them to have.

Natural family planning is the general title for the scientific and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples cooperate with God’s plan to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 19, 2017

February 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2) 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

 
A grieving mother, speaking to the press after her son was charged with a deadly act of terrorism, is incredulous. “I don’t know where this came from. We have a loving home. Our family always has been respectful and caring,” she says. “Why would he do this? That’s not who we are!” Read more »

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Ex-Tower Hill official named next president of Ursuline

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WILMINGTON — Trisha Medeiros, a former teacher and administrator at Wilmington’s Tower Hill School, has been appointed the sixth president of Ursuline Academy, the school announced Feb. 15. She will succeed Cathie Field Lloyd, who is retiring after 10 years in the position.

Trisha Medeiros

Trisha Medeiros

Medeiros is currently the head of the upper school at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J. She also serves as the founder and director of the Stuart Center for Girls’ Leadership and as a teacher of social justice and ethics. During her tenure, the upper school enrollment grew by 19 percent and is at one of the highest levels in Stuart’s 52-year history.

Before going to Princeton, Medeiros, who is Catholic, spent 10 years at Tower Hill, where she held numerous roles, culminating in assistant head of the upper school. She also was an assistant college counselor, teacher, dean of students and coordinator of community service.

She has more than 20 years in education. She has a master’s degree in information science from Rutgers University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.

“Having lived in Delaware for over a decade, I well knew Ursuline’s powerful reputation for developing confident, young scholars who make a significant difference in the world,” Medeiros said.

She will assume leadership in July, ahead of Ursuline’s 124th year. Under Lloyd, the school increased the depth of its global education program with Ursuline sister schools; expanded its leadership program; initiated an innovation center; and will break ground this spring on a new student life center.

Originally from Westampton, N.J., Medeiros and her husband, Norm, have two children, Ava, who is 12, and Mack, 9.

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Annual Catholic Appeal donors help more than 100,000 people

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A goal of $4,523,000 has been set for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, which helps more than 35 diocesan offices and ministries assist more than 100,000 people each year develop their spirituality, seek emotional and mental peace, and meet their physical needs.

“Their Eyes Were Opened and They Recognized Him” (Luke 24:31), the theme for this year’s appeal, comes from the Gospel story of the resurrected Christ joining two of his followers on the road to Emmaus. As they talked, the followers did not recognize Jesus until, at dinner, Jesus broke bread, gave thanks and started to give the bread to them, reenacting the Last Supper. Read more »

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Executive order missing? No religious freedom action from Trump yet

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WASHINGTON — Talk of President Donald Trump possibly signing an executive order on religious freedom, which drew both criticism and praise, has been replaced with discussion about what happened to it and what a final version, if there is one, will look like. Read more »

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ presents cartoonish nihilism

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The stylized, nearly cartoonish nihilism and resulting high body count in “John Wick: Chapter 2” create most of the apparent appeal of this second drama about a professional assassin.

Keanu Reeves stars in a scene from the movie "John Wick: Chapter 2." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.(CNS photo/Lionsgate)

Keanu Reeves stars in a scene from the movie “John Wick: Chapter 2.” The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.(CNS photo/Lionsgate)

The rest, as directed by Chad Stahelski from Derek Kolstad’s script, consists of small moments — quite small, since there’s nearly no dialogue — of mordant and questionable humor.

Violently pulled out of retirement, Wick (Keanu Reeves) arrives in Rome for an assignment.

“Are you here to see the pope?” a worried-looking Winston (Ian McShane), the owner of the Continental Hotel, asks. Assured that’s not the case, Winston tells Wick that he has a room available to use as a base of operations.

The Continental is also the name of a secret international network of assassins of which Wick is the indisputable star, since he’s acrobatic, amazingly versatile and fearless. He also, in this episode, has a bounty on his head, so when he’s not shooting or committing mayhem in a muscle car, he’s being shot at.

The core story has Wick unwillingly drawn into a plot to seize a seat at the High Table, a criminal enterprise. Italian playboy Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) wants the seat held by his fur-adorned sister, Gianna (Claudia Gerini). To get it, he orders Wick to treat Gianna with extreme prejudice.

Since a previous life-or-death commitment to Santino leaves Wick with no choice but to accept this mission, he takes to it in the manner of James Bond being equipped by Q. He’ll have to face off against Gianna’s loyal bodyguard, Cassian (Common). And Santino has a large squad of goons who don’t wish to see Wick get away alive.

It’s not a movie that requires concentrated attention. What’s needed instead is a tolerance for — and enjoyment of — elaborately choreographed stunts and chase sequences.

The film contains pervasive action violence with little blood, a suicide and brief full female nudity. The Catholic News Service classification is L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R.

 

Jensen is a guest reviewer for Catholic News Service.

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Uniting prayer and exercise

February 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Prayer and exercise work well together, said the founder of a fitness program combining core strengthening and stretching with Christian prayer and meditation.

“No matter what exercise you do, just begin and end with a prayer,” said Catholic mom Karen Barbieri. “Offer that time up to God.” Read more »

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Divine connection: The positive effects of prayer on health

February 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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For people of faith who face health challenges, turning to God in prayer is not unusual. But over the past few decades, medical professionals have focused attention on whether prayer has effects that go beyond spiritual solace to impact physical health.

The Rev. John K. Graham is president and CEO of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at Texas Medical Center in Houston. An Episcopal priest and experienced physician, he is one of a growing number of medical professionals who study the effects of spirituality, including prayer, on health and coping with health challenges such as cancer and chronic illness. Read more »

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