Archive for January, 2013

… when used to avoid pregnancy — and to achieve pregnancy, despite infertility issues! See the data in chart below:

nfpvivfreinfertilityHere’s a chart of the effectiveness of contraceptive/natural methods to avoid pregnancy.

And, here’s a medical story about how natural methods are as effective as the Pill.

One key to effective natural fertility methods is reading the female body’s signs; if you’re having trouble reading your fertility signs (especially mucus, that trickster!) because you’re a newbie, or are nursing/caring for a newborn, or your body just doesn’t send you the signals it’s “supposed to,” here’s a cheap, easy aid.

Once you learn the basics of Natural Family Planning (NFP) — signs and rules — and your own cycle, you’ll only use a few ovulation tests strips a month, max.


There is absolutely no problem on earth that abortion does not make much worse:

  • You’re not ready to be a mother? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and be a grieving mother.
  • You’re poor? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and be several hundred dollars poorer.
  • You’re in an abusive relationship? Have an abortion, probably coerced by him, and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and still be with an abuser.
  • You’re a rape victim and are (very rarely) pregnant? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and still lack healing for the emotional and physical pain of rape.
  • You’ve been told that your baby may have a birth defect/health challenge? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and grieve a person worthy of your love and meant bless you in a special way in return, and who quite possibly had nothing whatsoever wrong with her body to begin with. (“Most individuals called positive by screening are false positive. That is, although the screening test is positive, the diagnostic test will be negative for the condition.” Yet, the “genetic counselor” is quick to pressure you into an early abortion!)
  • Etc.


Abortion hurts women! Various medical sources cited in one article indicate that:

  1. Abortion increases risk of maternal mortality. A 13-year study that included the entire female population of Finland, ages 15-49 years of age, showed that the maternal death rate of abortion is 3 times higher than childbirth. The study is published in the American Journal of ObGyn. This finding is confirmed in other studies showing that in similar regions of the world, countries in which abortion is illegal have a much lower incidence of maternal mortality than do countries where is it legal.

  2. Abortion increases risks for future pregnancies, including premature birth and cerebral palsy. Meta-research, examining 37 other studies, shows significant correlation between abortion and subsequent risks to low birth weight, premature birth and cerebral palsy. This risks rise dramatically with multiple abortions. Multiple abortions cause a 93% increase in the risk of future premature births. A Mayo Clinic doctor confirms this and explains how abortion can weaken the cervix and cause scarring on the inside of the uterus.

  3. Abortion increases risk of breast cancer. Research published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology shows that abortion increases risk of breast cancer 66%. Incidence of breast cancer in China has increased 39% in a 9 year period, subsequent to the One Child Abortion policy.

  4. Abortion increases risk of mental health disorders. A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that abortion provides no mental health benefits and some women have an increased risk of depression, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, and other mental health disorders by 30%. A study published in the Medical Science Monitor indicated that 65% of American women suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following an abortion, and the women attributed the PTSD to the abortion itself.

  5. Abortion increases conflict in primary relationship. Published in the The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (TOG), a study indicated that 30% of women who had a second abortion were in an abusive relationship. Another study found that abortion increased the frequency of arguments about money, relatives, jealousy, and drugs.

  6. Legalized abortion provides greater opportunity for women to be manipulated and coerced. A study published in the Medical Science Monitor indicates that 64% of women who had an abortion, felt pressured or coerced to do so. Greater than 50% felt rushed or uncertain about the decision, and greater than 80% felt that they received inadequate counseling prior to making the decision.

  7. Legalized abortion puts pregnant women at greater risk for violence and homicide. Violence against pregnant women is increasing. In a New Auckland University study, it was found that 10% of pregnant women in the sample were victims of violence with 75% of that group having been physically beaten by the father of the child. Women who suffered violence were 3 times more likely to have an abortion. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the leading cause of death of pregnant women in the U.S. is homicide. A study published in Public Health, indicated that the risk of domestic violence increases by 196% in the primary relationship after an abortion.

  8. Abortion puts female fetuses at risk. In many cultures, it is preferred that boys are born, rather than girls. Sex-selection abortion is common throughout the world and is becoming more common in the U.S.

The alternatives are not easy, but they are full of hope. Mothers who choose to bear and raise their children, and mothers who choose to make an adoption plan for their children, find that help is always available!

If you or anyone you know is experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and need practical and emotional support, there is always an abortion alternative that will protect the health and well-being of both you and your baby, and there are always people who will stand by you!

To find pregnancy help in your area, you can visit the Website or call OptionLine or Birthright.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing post-abortion trauma, healing is always available and there are always people who will stand by you!

To find post-abortion help in your area, you can visit the Website or call Project Rachel.

Finally, you can always contact me for a friendly ear, a hand, and a prayer!

My requirements for my children’s First Confession and First Communion prep are above and beyond whatever the parish will require (first “victim”/guinea pig: AH, this coming Spring). I’m using as guideposts the many things that I wish that someone had taught me — or at least introduced me to — at that stage in my spiritual life, the many things that Catholics often get wrong as they mature, and — quite frankly — what Catholic children used to be taught before the mass confusion set-in. I’m finding it a satisfying exercise, but my husband took one look at my list before masking a grin, wrapping his arms around me, and telling me not to put too much pressure on myself. 🙂 No, I don’t expect to turn my smart, funny, sweet 7 1/2 year-old into a zealous 35-year-old Catholic woman by this summer — Heaven forbid! — but I do hope and pray that she will at least know the essentials, know what she doesn’t yet know, and know where to find it when she’s ready.

Here’s my first stab at it:

First Confession/First Communion Preparation

My child must recite and/or understand before his/her First Confession:

•    the definition of sin
•    mortal v. venial sin, especially as relates to the state of grace
•    why sin – even venial sin – is bad
•    The Ten Commandments
•    The Great Commandment
•    the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
•    summary of the precepts of the Church
•    daily habits (examen, particular examen)
•    how to do an examination of conscience from memory
•    why and how to find good examinations of conscience
•    the importance of Confession
•    the rite of Confession (what to expect of the priest and what to say)
•    the penance, reparation and resolutions
•    handling forgotten sins and other problems
•    frequency of Confession
•    how to explain Confession

My child must recite and/or understand before his/her First Holy Communion:

•    Who we receive in Communion
•    why we receive Holy Communion and its benefits
•    the importance of being in a state of grace/when not to receive Our Lord
•    the source of the words of Consecration and of the Holy Mass
•    how to participate reverently at Holy Mass
•    preparation and thanksgiving for each Holy Communion (and examples of appropriate prayers)
•    how to receive the Body (and the Blood) reverently
•    what to do if the Host falls or if you observe something potentially sacrilegious
•    frequency of Holy Communion
•    Spiritual Communion
•    how to explain Holy Communion

My child must have general and at least some practical knowledge of:

•    the Trinity
•    the Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Tradition
•    basic events in salvation history (the Fall, Israel’s sin and repentance cycle, prophecies of the Messiah, etc.) and the life of Jesus (especially the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary)
•    the types of prayer (ACTS)
•    devotions (the Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, meditation, lectio divina, etc.)
•    the name and importance of the seven sacraments
•    the saints and patronage
•    the basic structure of the Church
•    how to select good reading/reliable sources

We’re a couple of months into the Year of Faith now; are you in need of a kick-start or a re-start? Here’s an excellent resource! Even better, though it appears that Aquinas and More no longer carries it, Catholic Answers still does, and it is currently on sale for $8.95 (regularly $39.95)!

Title: Reasons for Our Hope: A Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke ($39.95)

Author(Sr.) Rosalind Moss

Publisher (Date): Catholic Answers (2007)

What I enjoyed:reasons-for-our-hope

  • This is a thorough and practical study, suitable for adults with any level of understanding or time commitment. Even in its more basic content, it serves as a “refresher” and a prod to evangelize others. I’ve browsed and used a number of Bible studies, and this is one of the best that I’ve seen!
  • It carries an imprimatur from San Diego Bishop Robert Brom, and references the RSV-CE and The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • Each of the 36 chronological chapters has teaching with fill-in-the-blanks, and “personal” and “bonus” exercises (with an answer key!).
  • It incorporates treasures from our Church tradition, including the Church calendar (especially Holy Week), and traditional prayers and devotions (especially the Rosary).
  • It has a number of very useful “extras,” including detailed suggestions for group use (including prayers for Bible study that individuals may well use, too), thorough endnotes and bibliography, and a plan for reading and journaling the Bible for future study.
  • The spiral-bound softcover itself is spacious, allowing much room for notes, and is printed in attractive and clear type. Each of the chapters is illustrated by classic-style line drawings.

What I could have done without:

  • It’s a matter of personal taste, but I do prefer that books do not have a “conversation” Q &A format, as this does.

Bottom line: Highly recommended! Sr. Rosalind (who was still working as a laywoman at Catholic Answers when she created this study) is a Catholic convert from Judaism (via Protestantism), and this study is a perfect example of the eye such a journey can develop; Sister’s work reminds us that “every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matthew 13:52). She explains in the first chapter that she chose the Gospel of Luke for her study because a friend suggested to her that it is “Mary’s Gospel,” containing many of the most beautiful accounts of Jesus’ life that we meditate on in the Rosary (and, I add, in the Liturgy of the Hours!).

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*** Many thanks to Aquinas and More Catholic Goods for providing a review copy to me.

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