A way of life ... A way of love: Catholic couples find natural family planning helps improve marriage, faith and family

Lisa A. Johnston

When Tim and Theresa Curdt were preparing for their wedding at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in 1997, the topic of natural family planning came up.

They were hesitant.

“Tim and I didn’t know what to think about NFP,” said Theresa Curdt, 35. “We were both nervous about getting pregnant right away. We were just starting our first jobs, and we really felt strongly not to have kids right away.”

But after receiving encouragement from Msgr. Eugene Morris to “check this out,” the Curdts agreed to sign up for an introductory class on the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, one of several Church-approved methods of NFP.

The couple never looked back.

“It’s been a wonderful gift to our marriage for a number of reasons,” said Tim Curdt, 37. “It’s given us a full appreciation for our whole selves in terms of how we communicate — and not just in terms of sexual intimacy, but as whole persons.”

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