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Although this blog focuses specifically on vocations to consecrated religious life, being open to God's will is of course crucial and learning about other vocations can be immensely helpful to discernment. It is of great importance to be sure one understands and respects all vocations before one can truly be open to the will of God. It is also very common to feel attracted to more than one state in life.

Sacrament of Matrimony

Church Documents
Casti Connubii - on marriage
Mulieris Dignitatem - on the dignity and vocation of women
Humanae Vitae - on the regulation of birth
Donum Vitae - instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation
Evangelium Vitae - on the value and inviolability of human life
Familiaris Consortio - on the role of the Christian family in the modern world
Gratissimam Sane - letter to families
Catechism of the Catholic Church - links to the Sacrament of Matrimony

Marriage Resources
For Your Marriage - from the USCCB.
National Office for Vocation - links to the section on marriage
Come Follow Me - vocations in the Diocese of Portsmouth, links to the section on marriage
Catholic Pages - Marriage
Catholic Culture: The Vocation of Marriage in God's Plan
Sacraments of Vocation - this has information on general discernment and Holy Orders as well as marriage
Marriage And Family - from the USCCB. I recommend the FAQs on the defence of marriage especially.


Natural Family Planning 
NB: This blog fully adheres to the teachings of the holy Catholic Church on matters of reproduction and family planning (as we do in all matters). Links given here may be to non-Catholic sites, we do not necessarily support every opinion given by these sites and urge you to use your own prudence when viewing any of these links. We will, to the best of our ability, mark links this applies to clearly and also mark links that give you more information on Church teaching in these matters. 

We recommend that all single women chart their cycles. Understanding your body is invaluable knowledge, whatever your vocation. Even if you are not charting for family planning reasons or using a specific method, just getting to know your body and your cycle is a good idea. If you wish to learn a specific method of NFP, it is best to find a teacher.

1Flesh - promotes natural methods of family planning. Includes excellent infographics and a forum. Gives good information on various methods of NFP, including the Billings Ovulation Method, Sympto-Thermal Method and the Creighton Model. Also see their Facebook page.
Billings Ovulation Model - Official website of the Billings Ovulation Model. The BOM uses cervical mucus as an indicator of fertility.
Fertility Pinpoint -  online charting software associate with the BOM.
Kindara - blog and charting app based on the Fertility Awareness Method. Tracks both cervical mucus and basal body temperature. Available for iOS. Free, but you can purchase extra features. NB: The FAM does not object to the use of barrier contraceptive methods during fertile phases. For Catholics this is not acceptable. The app is good, as is the general charting advice but the blog does have articles contrary to Catholic teaching.
OvuView - another charting app. Included a variety of methods. Available in the Google Play store. Free, but you can purchase extra features.
iusenfp.com - promotes the use of NFP, good section on different methods including BOM, Creighton Model, STM and the Marquette Model. Has an excellent teacher locator page for different models.