Are you reducing sex to a purely physical act? | Ep 158
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
2d ago
In this episode Ellen discusses the deep connection between sex and prayer. She implements the teachings of the Catechism, arguing that just as prayer cannot be reduced to spontaneous desire but requires an active will, sex should also not be reduced to spontaneous physical desire. She encourages listeners to recognize the depth of sexual relations as an experience of unity and not just physical satisfaction. She also stresses that desire for sex should be understood as a longing for deeper unity and relationship with one's spouse. Did we mention a book on this week's episode? Click here for ..read more
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NFP is Unfair | Ep. 157
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1w ago
This podcast, led by Ellen Holloway and Kathleen Chavones, discusses the challenges of sticking to Natural Family Planning (NFP) during instances of limited fertile days and mandatory abstinence due to serious medical or financial constraints. It emphasizes how suffering and sacrifice are crucial elements of the Christian journey. They tackle the often-perceived unfairness of NFP, clarifying how beliefs about God not wanting us to suffer are misleading. They argue that during these periods of struggle, couples need support from the virtues of prudence, temperance, and fortitude, and that rely ..read more
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The Most Vulnerable Thing You Can Do | Ep. 156
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
2w ago
This episode focuses on the emotional complexities of initiating sex within a Catholic marriage, emphasizing the importance of understanding individual desires and the associated vulnerabilities. Through an in-depth discussion, Ellen addresses various misconceptions about physical desire and urges couples to explore deeper emotional and spiritual desires and how it relates to sexual intimacy. Helpful strategies are suggested for initiating and responding to initiation in a loving, considerate manner. The podcast closes with the need for clear communication and understanding in terms of family ..read more
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How to Take the Pressure Off of Sex | Ep. 154
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1M ago
In this podcast episode, Ellen addresses the challenge of navigating sex within a marriage, particularly from a Catholic perspective. She discusses a situation where a couple put such heavy emphasis on the religious significance of sex that it led to tension and avoidance, reducing their sexual encounters drastically. Ellen proposes that adding a sense of fun and lightness to one's sex life can relieve the pressure, fostering trust and openness between partners. This approach can be implemented via laughter-oriented activities, games, or playful preludes to sex, ultimately improving sexual in ..read more
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NFP Basics | A New Way to Introduce NFP in Marriage Prep | Bonus Episode
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1M ago
NFP Basics is an add-on marriage preparation module that any marriage prep/pre-cana program can easily implement into their program. NFP Basics covers the theology behind why the church teaches NFP for family planning and why the church has a prohibition on contraception and fertility treatments like IVF. Then the program covers basic fertility science and gives an overview of most of the major methods available to couples to track the woman's cycle and plan their family. In this episode, Ellen is on to tell you a little more about the program and her experience implementing this in a number ..read more
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Do I Owe My Husband Sex? | Ep. 105
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1M ago
Let's chat about the marital debt! Who owes who sex? Who is supposed to be the one to sacrifice? What even is sacrificial love? We'll get into all these questions and more in this week's episode. Here's the book we mentioned called Theology of the Body in Simple Language Did we mention a book on this week's episode? Click here for our recommended books! Have a question you want to hear answered on a future podcast episode? Click Here to submit questions! ___________________________________ Looking for support around sexuality, NFP, sexual ethics, or something we talked about in this episo ..read more
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Why Not Contraception? | Ep. 103
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1M ago
We hear it a lot: "Contraception would be easier" "Why can't my husband and I just use a condom?" "I wish we could just have the option." Let's dive into why contraception isn't even a choice. We're pulling from Humanae Vitae as well as the Theology of the Body to get some answers.  We get it, this topic isn't easy. Reach out to us, we want to hear from you! Did we mention a book on this week's episode? Click here for our recommended books! Have a question you want to hear answered on a future podcast episode? Click Here to submit questions! ___________________________________ Looking ..read more
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Increase Your Phase 3 Desire | Ep. 102
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1M ago
You're looking at your chart and you see the signs of ovulation and know phase 3 is coming. You're excited to finally be able to come together with your spouse after abstaining for a few weeks, the first time is great....then... well you're tired, you just don't feel like it, and suddenly phase 3 is over and you're looking ahead at more time of abstinence. Sound familiar? We've been there and in a lot of ways, we're still there! Let's chat about some things you can do to increase your desire in phase 3! Looking for Lingerie? Shop Mentionables, one of our partners here. Use code ELLEN10 for 1 ..read more
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Why Do You Use NFP? | Ep. 101
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1M ago
Are you checking off the "NFP box" or is your heart really in it? We're bringing you this podcast episode to encourage you and your spouse to dig a little deeper into your "why" behind using NFP in your marriage. Did we mention a book on this week's episode? Click here for our recommended books! Have a question you want to hear answered on a future podcast episode? Click Here to submit questions! ___________________________________ Looking for support around sexuality, NFP, sexual ethics, or something we talked about in this episode? Click here to schedule a free 15 minute coaching cal ..read more
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Let's Interview Ellen and What's the Future of the Podcast? | Ep. 100
Charting Toward Intimacy
by Ellen Holloway
1M ago
Kathleen takes over today and interviews Ellen about the past, present and future of the podcast. We chat about what started the podcast and where the spirit is leading us for the future of the podcast.  Did we mention a book on this week's episode? Click here for our recommended books! Have a question you want to hear answered on a future podcast episode? Click Here to submit questions! ___________________________________ Looking for support around sexuality, NFP, sexual ethics, or something we talked about in this episode? Click here to schedule a free 15 minute coaching call. Reach ..read more
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