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Learn Natural Family Planning At Home

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Below are some evaluations of couples who have taken the online NFPI home study course.

The online course has been very beneficial to me in many ways than I thought possible.  I definitely learned more about my religion and how the church see and feels about the marriage act.  The course definitely has opened my eyes and reshaped and refocused my path to future family planning.  Thank you!
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After taking this course, I have really learned a lot of things I did not know before.  For example, I learned that we are only fertile for a “small” window during the month.  I would definitely recommend NFP to anyone, who wants to have children.  NFP has taught me a lot and I will benefit from NFP whenever the time comes for me and my future husband to start our family.
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As a guy I have learned a lot of interesting things about a woman that I never knew about.  Overall, the book has helped me understand more the physical aspect of a woman and I have realized that there is a better and safer way of planning for a future family.
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We really enjoyed learning about this and talking with each other about what we have learned.
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This course was very educating.  I learned things about myself that I never knew before.  Thank you so much.
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A Certificate is awarded after completion of the course.
Sheila Kippley
NFPI Home Study Course

Natural Family Planning: Church Bulletin Announcements

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Below are two church bulletin announcements which we encourage you to send to your parish to insert in the church bulletin once a month.  You can be an NFPI promoter in your community.  You can also add your name and phone number at the end of each announcement should someone want to get more information.  (“For more information, call _______ at ___________.”)  We thank you for any promotional help you can provide.  John and Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning (NFP) instruction at your pace at home with the Home Study Course of NFP International, with guidance by a live teacher.

  • Crosschecking signs of fertility for great confidence and effectiveness.
  • Ecological Breastfeeding’s natural baby spacing and other benefits for mom and baby.
  • A bible-based theology that explains Catholic teaching on marital morality in a way that leads many Christians to say, “That makes sense.”
  • Safe, healthy, effective and Catholic.
  • Suggested donation of $70 is less than the cost of a typical bridal bouquet. See www.nfpandmore.org.

If space is very limited, this announcement can be used:
Learn systematic Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding in a Catholic context at your pace at home via the Home Study Course.  See www.nfpandmore.org.

 

Natural Family Planning and Luke 11:46

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

The Gospel reading for Wednesday, October 12, 2016, was Luke 11:46, and it reminded me why I became involved with teaching natural family planning.  In fact, if it were not for that verse, I might never have had the pleasure of knowing many of those who will read this blog.

It all started with the dissent from Humanae Vitae in the summer of 1968.  When I read the encyclical, I thought it was good, but it didn’t get me excited.  But when I read the dissent, I was appalled.  The dissenters leaned heavily on the majority report of the Papal Birth Control Commission which the Pope had received in 1966.  Briefly, its rationale for saying that the Church could and should approve of contraception was fatally flawed.  It could not say a firm NO to sodomy.

In that light, I thought that Pope Paul VI should have taken about one day to read and digest the reports and then one week to prepare a logical rejection.  Then he should have announced that the arguments used by the proponents of marital contraception could not say NO even to sodomy and were therefore completely unacceptable.  I thought he should have said that all speculation that the Church could change its teaching on these matters should cease, and I think he should have promised a more complete response in the near future.  But, unfortunately, he waited many months, and the proponents of contraception continued to prepare Catholics for the change they wanted and expected.

My response to this situation was to write a book that not only defended the teaching of Humanae Vitae with a positive, covenant understanding of the marriage act but also analyzed the arguments of the dissenters.  I found them worthless from the perspective of Christian discipleship.  Alba House published it as Covenant, Christ and Contraception in the spring of 1970.

Then, from somewhere in the depths of my memory the text of Luke 11:46 arose and confronted me.  “Woe also to you, scholars of the law!  You impose burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them..”  I had done my best to affirm what many were calling a great burden.  I don’t think I had previously given any thought to providing the practical help of NFP, but now I knew I had to do something.

Providentially, Sheila was already working on her book, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, and we had learned about the cross-checking sympto-thermal system from an article by Dr. Konald A. Prem.  We met with him in June of 1971, and that fall we founded the Couple to Couple League and began teaching.

We thought we were done teaching some 32 years later when we and the League separated in 2003, but the next year we saw CCL beginning to make significant changes.  Within a few years, they rejected all three of the founding charisms—ecological breastfeeding, the covenant theology of the marriage act, and Dr. Prem’s version of the STM.  That’s why we formed NFP International and continue with the original teachings on which CCL was founded.

If you have ever been helped by any of those founding charisms, please join me in thanking the Lord Jesus for teaching as he did in Luke 11:46.  And please help us to continue those teachings through the work of NFP International at http://nfpandmore.org/missionhelp.shtml.

John F. Kippley, October 13, 2016