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I Hate NFP (But Need it Anyway)

Have you ever noticed how NFP (Natural Family Planning for the uninitiated) is marketed? It's sold with glossy photos of couples holding hands and dancing in flower-filled meadows, their faces plastered with blissful grins. It will make you so much more intimate! It will change your life! You'll never be so in love as when you chart your spouse's cycles! So...

25 Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him

Last year, I wrote a post called, Keep Dating Your Wife, outlining some basic ways men can show their wives that they care for them. After sharing that post again recently, I received several requests to write a post with ways wives can bless their husbands. So here it is. Honestly, I found this post more challenging to write, mostly...

The Birdwatcher’s Guide To Marriage

At last, here is an easy-to-follow guide for identifying a real marriage that exposes the new imitations to be, well, imitations. Essential for the 321 million Americans who have a biological mother and father, this new guide includes stunningly accurate illustrations, important field marks and behaviors, plus expert advice on identification basics that will help readers judge for themselves: what...

The Adventure and Crisis of Marriage

Gilbert Keith Chesterton wrote, “The whole pleasure of marriage is that it is a perpetual crisis.” Nowadays, there is a new crisis in the crisis of marriage that is hardly a source of pleasure because it is an identity crisis. The challenge is to refrain from despairing over the institution of marriage by remembering, with Chestertonian optimism, that marriage cannot...

Tolkien Speaks: The Secret to a Happy Marriage

J.R.R. Tolkien was a romantic. When he met his future wife, Edith, at the age of 16, he was instantly smitten with her and immediately began an informal courtship, taking her to local tea houses on a regular basis. When the priest who acted as Tolkien's guardian found out about his romance, however, he forbade him from having contact with...

Satan Hates the Family. Here’s Why.

The United States just legalized gay "marriage." Fear is in the air. I will simply share these thoughts: The final war between Satan and the Lord God is over the family. Why? Because the family is an icon of the Most Holy Trinity. The communion of love between the three Divine Persons is the original family. This Divine communion is...

Three Words That Can Save Your Marriage

Guys hate asking for directions. You know the stereotype: The family is on vacation, and they are hopelessly lost in an unfamiliar place. Dad is behind the wheel and he's convinced he can find his way. The wife helpfully suggest stopping to ask a local for directions, but the husband snaps back that he is perfectly capable of navigating and...

G. K. Chesterton: It’s Not Gay, and It’s Not Marriage

One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control. I can only imagine he would have the same objections about “gay marriage.” The idea is wrong, but so is the...

Keep Dating Your Wife: 25 Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her

In college, I got to know an elderly couple who took a real liking to me, and they would often have me over to their house and take me out to dinner. While they were nothing but kind to me, their relationship with each other was incredibly hostile. Every conversation would turn into an angry shouting match, and they could barely...

5 Ways to Love Your Wife

The state of marriage is one which requires more virtue and constancy than any other; it is a perpetual exercise in mortification."- St. Francis de Sales "He who loves his wife loves himself." Ephesians 5:28 I married a wonderful woman. She's beautiful, hilarious, generous, and incredibly strong. (I've watched her give birth. Trust me, she's strong.) The longer I'm married...

J.R.R. Tolkien: Husband and Father

Best known for his fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien is probably better known by members of his family for his profound example of true fatherhood. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His life growing up there and then later in England would prove to be one of the...