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Help for Troubled Marriages
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Sarah, a caller today asked for help to regrow trust in her marriage.

Some Catholic options are:, a weekend experience with a series of 6-12 post weekend sessions over 3 months, led by other couples who have turned their marriage around from coldness or divorce back to a life of love.
They have weekends scheduled regularly all over the world.

Alexander House Apostolate offers programs to serve and heal marriages.

Good web-based secular programs include:

God bless you!

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Effect of environment
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I am interested in obtaining a copy of the story you read on Saturday August 23, 2014. It was about the carrot the egg and the coffee beans. Where can I get this story?

Thank you for you great program!!!

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Help for pornography problems
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On today's show, a young wife called in whose marriage was breaking up due to her husband's pornography problem.

The resource I mentioned for help for both him and herself is the website:
It contains a 7-point plan for recovery that includes the best of what does work, and a section for healing for wives.

Let us pray for all those who are suffering from the evils of pornography.

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12 Ways that Pornography Harms People
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This list we covered on today's show (and more) in response to the two questions can be found in the Love & Life Parent's Guide available at this website,, in the store.

Please help others know the negative effects of pornography. Porno DOES HURT PEOPLE and MARRIAGES, even if you are not married!

Today's caller said she was first introduced to (or should we say assaulted with) pornography at 9 years old and then the addiction began.

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Catholic Help for Substance Abuse
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Cenacolo founded by Mother Elvira for young adults to live in community, develop a spiritual life, work together and overcome addictions. Members must come willingly with a desire to recover. The success rate of recovery is very high, since it offers an entire lifestyle change and a spiritual life. There is one in Alabama and one in Florida.

St. Gregory Neurochemical Therapy Program works to repair brain damage of addictions and restore nutrition to the brain via IV's, along with traditional therapy.

A psychologist called in to recommend that the caller seek out the diocesan exorcist for her son with mental illness and addiction to see if there is some deeper evil going on in him.

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Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
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When Tony from Michigan called in to say that he learned more about NFP in my 10 minute opening comments than he had ever heard from the Church or a Doctor, it reminds us that Natural Family Planning is the best kept secret on earth.

NFP is a simple awareness of a woman's daily fertility level, from the observation and charting of simple biomarkers in her body.

Share this information or Learn more about NFP at (World Organization for the Ovulation Method Billings) (Couple to Couple League) (find local practitioners) (Medical help for fertility) (literature and CD's to help couples learn the 'why)
Learn more at the bishops website

You are welcome to add other sites here as well.

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July 19 show references
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For the homeschooling mom to prepare her teens for apologetics: Catholic Answers "Spirit of Fire, Spirit of Truth" and the "Catholic Apologetics" Series.

For parents and grandparents concerned about gender confusion in children or young adolescents: Dr. Joseph Nicolosi's "Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality" and the website

Thanks to Fr. Richard Altenbaugh from Florida who asks the question to couples entering a second marriage, "Which marriage is the REAL one?"

And remember to stand up for the 10 Commandments!

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References on today's radio show
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Of the many topics that arose today, three of our listeners called in with helpful references for us.

-For a young man struggling with the culture's obsession with homosexuality, there is a humorous and compassionate presentation on same-sex attraction by Fr. Michael Schmitz at

-Jane from Ohio recommended a book that could shed some light on remedies for addictions, cravings and other mental health problems, "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, a neurologist and nutrition scientist who cured her own daughter of autism. She presents the relationship between gut flora and brain chemistry and how diet can be the key to mental development.

- C.R. from Michigan recommended the video "Forks over Knives" based on Hippocrates saying "Let Food Be Thy Medicine."

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14 year old daughter with severe cramps
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My 14 year old daughter has cramps so severe that they make her sick.  She will miss a day of school because of it.  What can we do to help her?

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Quick solution to negative husband
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Sue called twice today - once for advice and a second time to tell us that the advice worked so quickly that her negative husband was now laughing! Another caller said, "Write that on your website for us."

Someone who has a negative answer for everything is not often appreciative of your positive answer. They are looking for understanding, not opposition. Your happy positive answer can be more frustrating to him than helpful.

I suggested to Sue to agree with him and show him understanding, not contradict him. First agree with him, then ask him to tell you more about why he is thinking that way. Let him know you want to see his side of the issue he is complaining about. Then, after he has thought through it out loud and you have listened and understand his view, ask him if he sees any hope for a solution - and what that might be.

That way he can become his own problem solver, and you don't have to be a cheerleader for a hopelessly negative person. When he comes up with a possible solution, offer agreement and encouragement to him. If he can't think of a solution yet, invite him to think through the facts; negative people often like to decide based on the facts or details, not your happy feelings. Help them think, then support their solutions.

And then laugh later. Listen to more clean comedies, have fun together and have some happy feelings together at other times of the day. God may have put you together to balance one another for happiness here on earth. Appreciate your differences and help one another grow.

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