Theology of the Body Fiction – #NFPAwarenessWeek

2016-english-poster-final-470wAs we continue to celebrate “NFP Awareness Week,” I’d like to share some of my favorite TOB fiction!  (Pardon the shameless self-promotion of my own books in this list!)

Emily’s Hope (Ellen Gable, 2005, FQ Publishing)

Passport (Christopher Blunt, 2008, Pelican Crossing Press)

Midnight Dancers (Regina Doman, 2008, Chesterton Press)

In Name Only (Ellen Gable, 2009, FQ Publishing)

Stealing Jenny (Ellen Gable, 2011, FQ Publishing)

Finding Grace (Laura Pearl, 2012, Bezalel Books)

Angela’s Song (AnnMarie Creedon, 2012, FQ Publishing)

Rapunzel Let Down (Regina Doman, 2013, Chesterton Press)

Vingede (Friar Tobe #2) (Krisi Keley, 2013, S & H Publishing)

Don’t You Forget About Me (Erin McCole Cupp, 2013, FQ Publishing)

A Subtle Grace (Ellen Gable, 2014, FQ Publishing)

The Lion’s Heart (Dena Hunt, 2014, FQ Publishing)

A World Such as Heaven Intended (Amanda Lauer, 2014, FQ Publishing)

Working Mother (Erin McCole Cupp, 2014, FQ Publishing)

Stay With Me (Carolyn Astfalk, 2015, FQ Publishing)

To check out many of these books, go to the Full Quiver Publishing website!

Favorite Marriage Quotes #NFPAwarenessWeek

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The theme for NFP Awareness Week is NFP: Love, Mercy, Life: Opening the Heart of Marriage. Since NFP definitely “opens the heart of marriage,” and since today is the anniversary of when my husband and I met, I’d like to share seven of my favorite quotes on marriage.

1. “Intense love does not measure; it just gives.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) This quote so perfectly illustrates the sacrificial love of marriage and, indeed, of any relationship. I see this illustrated every day when my husband goes above and beyond to sacrifice for our family. I try to live this quote: every morning I wake up and think, “What can I do to make my husband’s life easier today?”

2. “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church. ” (Saint John Paul II). Love is not merely a feeling; it is a choice. Every day I have an opportunity to choose to love my spouse. Sometimes it isn’t easy, but it’s always worthwhile.

3. “Be not afraid.” (Saint John Paul II) As shown in the photo below, I certainly wasn’t afraid of what the future would hold for us. I was too happy at that moment to think of future difficulties and challenges. I had no idea what the next 34 years would bring. All married couples will face hardships and challenges. But they will also experience great joy to balance any hardships. Of course, couples who enter into a sacramental marriage (and who live their faith) have the additional graces to assist them in handling any challenges and hardships.

4. “The two shall become one.” (Genesis 2:24) There’s no better illustration of our unity and oneness than our children who are the walking “representations of our love.” (cr Saint John Paul II).Easter fam cropped

5. “Be fruitful; multiply.” (Genesis 1:28)

6. “How can I ever express the happiness of the marriage that is joined together by the Church strengthened by an offering, sealed by a blessing, announced by angels and ratified by the Father? …How wonderful the bond between two believers with a single hope, a single desire, a single observance, a single service! They are both brethren and both fellow-servants; there is no separation between them in spirit or flesh; in fact they are truly two in one flesh and where the flesh is one, one is the spirit.”(24) Tertullian (cr Familiaris Consortio Saint John Paul II) I love this quote from Tertullian, who exquisitely describes the spiritual and physical joys of the one flesh experience of Christian marriage.

7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Romans 4:6) Prayer is such an important part of a sacramental marriage. But having people pray for you is also essential. In that regard, I’d like to share one of my favorite anniversary gifts: a beautiful card that was lovingly made for us by Dominican Novices back in 2012 when we were celebrating our 30th anniversary. Each sister signed her name to one day in May with a note below saying that “In honor of this occasion, we will offer 30 days (plus one) of prayer with a different sister praying for you each day this month.” Wow.

Text and photos copyright 2012/2016 Ellen Gable Hrkach

NFP Humor – #NFPAwarenessWeek

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It’s NFP Awareness Week!  To celebrate, this is an all cartoon post!

 

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Theology of the Body to Focus on Mercy and the Family #TOBTalk

TOB-Congress-logo-20162016 Theology of the Body Congress to focus on mercy and the family
Archbishop Jose Gomez, Dr. John Grabowski and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield to give keynote presentations

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy and last year’s Synod on the Family, the 2016 Theology of the Body Congress – an expansive gathering of experts, Church leaders and laity – will focus on how Theology of the Body and mercy play a vital role in how we live out family life.

“We live in a time of unprecedented confusion on gender, marriage, and family life,” said Jen Settle, Managing Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. “In a time such as this, it is important for all of us, whether married, single, celibate, or those working within parishes or schools, to come to know the beauty of human love through Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.”

The 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress: Love, Mercy and the Gift of the Family is set for September 22-25 in Ontario, California at the Ontario Convention Center. This will be the third Congress sponsored by the Theology of the Body Institute, but the first to visit the West Coast.

“We hope that our presence will infuse the area with an enthusiasm for Theology of the Body, and we are thankful to Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes for his warm welcome to the Diocese of San Bernardino,” said Settle.

The Congress features a prime line-up of speakers, most notably Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, Dr. John Grabowski of Catholic University of America and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, associate general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Theology of the Body Institute is honored to have Archbishop Jose Gomez giving the keynote address,” said Damon Owens, Chairman of the TOB Congress Planning Committee.  “Through the expertise of our speakers, those attending will encounter God’s plan for fruitful, self-giving, merciful love which lies at the very heart of what the family is meant to be.”

The Congress will also feature presentations from Christopher West, Dr. Edward Sri, Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, Jason Evert, Matt Fradd, and many more.

In addition to the seminars and panels from top Theology of the Body experts, the Congress will feature daily Mass, Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration, as well as an exhibit hall with wide array of products, programs and ministries related to Theology of the Body and Evangelization.

The Theology of the Body Congress hopes to reach clergy, religious and lay leaders involved in the New Evangelization at all levels in the Church. From diocesan leadership, priests, religious and seminarians to married couples, single people and Theology of the Body enthusiasts, the 2016 Theology of the Body Congress will be a meeting ground for all those interested in reaching a culture that has forgotten the true meaning of the body and therefore, the family.

“The Congress has been, and will continue to be a place of refreshment for those trying to advance the Church’s vision for the family,” Owens said, noting that the Congress’s powerful blend of expert knowledge, networking and idea sharing has led to flourishing ministries and a greater understanding of John Paul II’s vision of life for every person.

Special early bird pricing of $199 for full Congress access is available now through June 30. Visit tobCongress.com for more information.

Theology of the Body Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational organization located in Downingtown, PA, celebrating ten years of promoting the Theology of the Body at the popular level of both the Christian and the secular cultures. Through graduate level courses, on-site programs and clergy training, Theology of the Body Institute seeks to penetrate and permeate the culture with a vision of true sexuality that appeals to the deepest yearnings of the human heart for love and union. Find out more about the Theology of the Body Institute at tobinstitute.org and more about the Congress at tobcongress.com.

To interview Bill Donaghy, Theology of the Body Congress speaker and Theology of the Body Institute spokesperson, contact carrie@kennedybrownrigg.com.

#FREE on Kindle: A World Such as Heaven Intended

AWSAHI 2016RGBToday through Friday, Full Quiver Publishing’s novel, A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer, is FREE on Kindle.  This new finalist for the Catholic Arts and Letter Awards can be downloaded all week for #free.

In A World Such as Heaven Intended, Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well.

Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.

Reviews:
“Amanda Lauer brings history to life in this fast-paced, emotionally charged, splendid tale. Extremely enjoyable.”
May McGoldrick, International Bestselling Author of The Thistle and Rose, Secret Vows and the Highland Treasure Trilogy

“The South of 1864 springs to life in ‘A World Such as Heaven Intended.’ Rich in details of language, setting and social mores, Lauer takes readers on the journey of her protagonist, Amara McKirnan, a strong woman ahead of her time who wrestles with her blended family and the horrors of the Civil War to find the peace and happiness she is convinced awaits her.”
Marni Graff, Author, The Nora Tierney Mysteries

“‘A World Such as Heaven Intended’ is a fast-moving historical romance which will keep you turning pages until the very end! An excellent read.”
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Author, The Catholic Baby Name Book

“A charming romance with well-drawn characters and clear imagery, offering the reader a chance to slip away to another era and come home refreshed.”
A.K. Frailey, Author, The Deliverance Trilogy

Download your Kindle copy for FREE at this link.

EWTN Bookmark Interview With Catholic Writers Guild Authors

Last year, four authors from the Catholic Writers Guild were interviewed at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Somerset, New Jersey.  The interviews were just aired on EWTN yesterday.  Here is the video of the entire show.  I am up first, followed by John Desjarlais, Karen Kelly Boyce, and Lisa Mladinich.