Previous articles in this series: What Is the Theology of the Body? Human Dignity and the Conjugal Meaning of the Body The Beginning: The Original Unity of Man and Woman Purity of Heart Resurrection of the Body Christian Virginity and Celibacy for the Kingdom of God The Sacrament of Marriage   In our previous article…

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Previous articles in this series: What Is the Theology of the Body? Human Dignity and the Conjugal Meaning of the Body The Beginning: The Original Unity of Man and Woman Purity of Heart Resurrection of the Body Christian Virginity and Celibacy for the Kingdom of God   In our previous article we reflected on the…

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young couple's hands making a heart together

What is NFP? Natural family planning (NFP), often referred to as fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), is based upon pinpointing the fertile times in a woman’s body by observing and charting the natural signs in her menstrual cycle. There are several different ways to classify the primary methods of natural family planning. Some of these definitions…

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A few days ago the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) somehow captured global headlines for doing something that is not particularly noteworthy, and certainly not surprising. In a brief statement – called a Responsum – the CDF responded to a question about whether or not the Church can offer “blessings” to…

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Portrait of nun praying and reading scripture

In our previous article, we gave a summarized and simplified reflection on the resurrection of the body as taught in the third cycle of catechesis (64-72) of St. John Paul II’s theology of the body. In this article we will continue these reflections, moving on to the fourth cycle of the Holy Father’s catechesis (73-86),…

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women meeting talking in support group - infertility support groups

Infertility affects about 6.7 million people each year. That’s one out of every eight couples. The crushing effects of being unable to conceive a baby can lead to loneliness, depression, anger, and heartache. If you’re carrying the cross of infertility, know that you do not carry it alone. God is always with you. And He…

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Woman bible scriptures on knee, praying to God, hope and trust, bible verses about infertility

Every year, millions of women are devastated to learn that they either have difficulty conceiving a baby or that they’re infertile. While being part of such a large group often makes people feel included and comfortable, being a part of this particular group does the opposite. It makes women feel incredibly alone. The desire for a…

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Luca Giordano - Resurrection

In our previous article we discussed the topic of purity of heart, as taught in the second cycle of catechesis (24-63) of St. John Paul II on the theology of the body. This article continues with the third cycle of the Holy Father’s catechesis (64-72) on the topic of the resurrection of the body. This…

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In our previous article we addressed the topic of the unity of man and woman as they were first created, drawing from the first cycle of catechesis (1-23) of St. John Paul II on the theology of the body. This article addresses the second cycle of the Holy Father’s catechesis (24-63) on purity of heart.…

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Adam and Eve. Religion. Orthodox church in Kirowograd Ukraine

In the previous two articles “What is the Theology of the Body?” and “Human Dignity and the Conjugal Meaning of the Body,” we laid the foundation for our discussion of the catechesis of the Holy Father on the theology of the body. The main topics we will be addressing in this article are: What is…

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