“The Hardest Thing About Not Having Sex Before Marriage Wasn’t What I Expected”

Thanks as always to the ever wise brother-deacon Greg Kandra on putting us on to an enlightening, frank and ultimately beautiful testimony which I think is actually far more common that most folks believe - waiting until after marriage to have sex. While society tends to be "puzzled" by such behavior (and I'm being very kind in … Continue reading “The Hardest Thing About Not Having Sex Before Marriage Wasn’t What I Expected”

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“Sex Is Kind Of Like The Nourishing Food of Marriage”

Ryan Williams has an excellent article over at Aleteia.org which discusses in a beautiful, Catholic manner, what we really believe about sex and marital intimacy. His premise, he states, is: Marriage counselors routinely encourage couples to focus on what they do out of the bedroom in order to strengthen what they do in the bedroom. … Continue reading “Sex Is Kind Of Like The Nourishing Food of Marriage”

“When Something Is Important You MAKE the TIME” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

Okay, I will make a confession here . . . I am a HUGE Star Trek fan. I have been one since I was so small I can hardly remember, and growing up in the Seventies, Sunday mornings always had two huge events for us every week: 10 a.m. mass at St. Catherine’s in New … Continue reading “When Something Is Important You MAKE the TIME” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

“The Blessings Of The Wedding Day” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

One of the things I often tell couples and families when discussing the subject of marriage is that the wedding is just for a day, whereas the marriage is forever. It is a common saying, and although it is a little bit trite, it is of course true and relevant always. However, I think I … Continue reading “The Blessings Of The Wedding Day” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

“Reaping What We Sow” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

Every year at this time, I dream of corn on the cob . . . It sounds kind of silly I know, but it was always in early August when the corn would “come in” as we used to say. I still remember picking bushel after bushel of Silver Queen corn in both my parent’s … Continue reading “Reaping What We Sow” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

“In Praise of Natural Family Planning” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

One of the greatest joys of being the Director of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese is the ability to connect with so many couples on the road to marriage. It is an awesome responsibility that I take very seriously as we try and help those who are about to make the biggest decision of their … Continue reading “In Praise of Natural Family Planning” by Deacon Stephen Bowling