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Winter 2024

The Contraception-Transgenderism Connection

by Fr. Blaise Berg, STD

Transgenderism did not simply show up out of nowhere. Indeed, it is the result of a hundred years of mutations

Winter 2024

I Have a Dream

by Sheila St. John

I am reflecting on the articles in this edition on Martin Luther King Day, when we recall his famous speech

Winter 2024

Meet Member Debi Hoppe

by Debi Hoppe

Debi was not always an NFP advocate. She questioned the church’s teaching on natural family planning. Though she felt in

Winter 2024

NFP Has Been a Blessing

by Maryah Nunez

Practicing NFP as an unmarried, 24-year-old woman has been one of the greatest blessings of my early twenties. I wouldn’t

Winter 2024

The Fractured Self

by Victoria Schneider M.D

The dissection of gender away from biological sex causes a fracture in one’s self—one’s sense of who one is, how

Winter 2024

Accompanying Young People with Teen STAR

by Deacon Santiago Molina, MS

My wife, Laurie, and I learned about NFP during marriage prep. As a biologist, I fell in love with it

Quotes on the Meaning of Our Male and Female Bodies As Created

by Bishop Barber, Archbishop Cordileone, USCCB, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict

Excerpts from THE BODY-SOUL UNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON Joint Letter Most. Rev. Salvatore Cordileone and Most Rev. Michael Barber,

Fall 2023

All New canfp.org

by Sheila St. John

It would be a stretch to compare the creation of our ALL NEW CANFP.org to being lost in the wilderness

Fall 2023

Finding Our Way

by Fr. Blaise Berg, STD

It was about 11am on Wednesday, August 8th of this year. I heard the unmistakable whirring sounds of the helicopter

Fall 2023

Meet Member Faiza Saroki

by Peggy Stofila

In Faiza’s Chaldean culture, you start your family right after getting married. Faiza’s husband, a man of deep faith, wanted

Fall 2023

Sleep: Time to Heal

by Lynn Keenan, MD

Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time sleeping? I remember my first trip to Ireland, standing outside

Fall 2023

God as Author and Architect of Life

by Kyle Laluces

Every summer, the San Francisco seminarians are summoned back to St. Patrick’s in Menlo Park to attend three weeks of

Read about some of our member’s experiences with NFP

NFP Challenged Our Relationship

Our journey with Natural Family Planning (NFP) was far from easy. Carlos, a committed Protestant, and I, raised in a Catholic family, faced a significant hurdle as our wedding drew near. Carlos came to realize that I intended to use NFP, a method he disagreed with due to its abstinence...

NFP Worked in Our Marriage In Ways We Did Not Anticipate

When my husband and I first got married we had no idea of the richness of grace our marriage would provide for us as a couple. Being Catholics we had an understanding that contraception wasn’t the way to go in terms of planning our family and that a moral alternative...

Questioning the Status Quo of the Pill Changed Our Lives

When my husband Zach and I married, like every one of my girlfriends, I began taking the birth control pill without hesitation. It was just something every young married woman did, like any other “to do” on the wedding planning checklist: book florist, select responsorial psalm, pick up birth control...

Twists & Turns in My Journey to Learn NFP

As I reflect on my married life and think about all the extreme viewpoints I’ve had in regards to NFP, I can’t help but laugh at myself a bit. If I was truly honest, I’d admit I’ve been all over the place on this topic and have made it much...

How NFP Has Blessed My Marriage And Strengthened My Walk With God During This Struggle Called Life

“The life of man upon earth is warfare.’ So said Job many centuries ago. There are still some easygoing individuals unaware of this fact” St. Josemaria Escriva I read a fascinating article a while ago about happiness. It seems the least happy times for most people are in their 40’s—with...

NFP: Plot Twists From the Great Director and Scriptwriter

“You know this is just a movie, right?” replied my husband Mark, as he graciously changed the channel. The movie had gotten too scary and depicted a scene that I know would give me nightmares. The only way I could control the movie was to not watch it. Sound familiar?...

One Guy’s Challenges

My wife Cassandra and I were married May, 1, 1993. From the beginning of our marriage we wanted to understand and practice natural family planning as the means by which we could live out our vows to each other as well as the Catholic Church’s teachings on the beauty and...

Abraham’s Reward

I never thought I’d have a big family. I certainly wasn’t opposed to it. It just wasn’t in my imagination. There were three of us in our family growing up and my mother, who very much wanted a big family, sadly, was deprived of it for health reasons that resulted...

Source of Grace

Sometimes when I look at the beautiful chaos of my life I am completely amazed by the work that God has done in me. After almost ten years of marriage and four children, I am transformed by His love. Although I am a cradle Catholic, and attended fourteen years of...

Answering the Call

To me, being a Professional Member of CANFP means belonging to an elite group of people in California who are doing God’s work. I am a Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner (FCP). Before becoming an FCP, I had a nearly 16year career in agricultural finance. I loved my career and serving...

Diocesan Partners

Wow, CANFP has been around as long as I have been an NFP teacher and that means I have been a member of CANFP for 27 years now! And what a joy it has been to be affiliated with CANFP for all these years. My husband and I first learned...

Questions Answered

Do you remember when you wanted a question answered and you only had a few sources to find the information? Maybe, you asked your parents, a good friend, your doctor or a priest. In this age of technology, the approach to finding answers is much different. My children say, “Just...

The Day Started Out Like Any Other

On March 8, 2017 I went to work like I always had. It was a very typical day until I was nearing the end of my workday. I was setting up for the last patient of the day, when suddenly I realized something was terribly wrong. Confused, and having no...

Walking in Darkness

“Does that look like a line”? “Yep, that’s a line.” So began our joys that would turn into sorrows. My wife and I had been married for four years, and while we had been seeking children, we’d been unable to conceive. In the grand scheme of things four years isn’t...

God Worked in My Life Through Bold Catholic Lay Leaders

When I was 16, my mom “suggested” I attend a retreat organized by our local diocese. I began the retreat filled with resentment towards her for forcing me to go. But as soon as the weekend started, the scales started to fall from my eyes. Here was a group of...

Reluctant Veteran of the Pregnancy Loss Journey

A mother goes through so many emotions when she gets a positive pregnancy test. She experiences excitement and joy for the little person she will love and raise, looking forward to all the things she will teach that little human, and wonderful thoughts of how that sweet baby will change...

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