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Scott P. Richert

Updated Articles and Resources

By Scott P. Richert

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • NFP Works! Just Ask the Guttmacher Institute Created: Friday, July 25, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      How does Natural Family Planning compare with artificial forms of contraception?
    • A Petition to Mary (by St. Alphonsus Liguori) Created: Sunday, April 27, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      In this beautiful prayer to the Virgin Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori, we hear echoes of both the Hail Mary and the Hail Holy Queen.
    • About Catholicism's Novena of the Week Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
    • Natural Family Planning: A Personal Perspective Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      How did a couple who wanted to have three children end up with eight? The answer is NFP—but not in the way you might think.
    • Six Myths About NFP That Everyone Knows to Be True Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Why Natural Family Planning is probably something different from what you think it is.
    • Prayers for April Created: Sunday, January 18, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      The Catholic Church dedicates the month of April to the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more, and find prayers for April.
    • How long did Christ stay on earth after His resurrection? Created: Saturday, February 14, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Question 90 of the Baltimore Catechism asks, "How long did Christ stay on earth after His resurrection?"
    • Scripture Reading for the Third Saturday of Advent Created: Monday, December 17, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      From December 17 on, the Catholic Church offers special readings to ensure that key parts of the Book of Isaiah are read before Christmas.
    • Les Misérables (2012) Created: Friday, February 08, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Tom Hooper's Les Misérables (2012) is a remarkable film, made even more so by its explicitly Christian sensibility.
    • The Obama Administration's Contraception Mandate Created: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      A concise history of the Obama administration's contraception mandate, requiring religious institutions to provide contraceptive coverage to employees.
    • Natural Family Planning Resources Created: Monday, July 21, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Natural Family Planning (NFP) covers a number of scientific methods for determining human fertility. Find information on different NFP methods.
    • Natural Family Planning Created: Monday, July 21, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Natural Family Planning is a scientific method for determining human fertility through the observation of a woman's biological cycles. Learn more about NFP.
    • Humanae Vitae Created: Sunday, July 20, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Learn more about Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reaffirming the Catholic Church's traditional teaching on birth control and abortion.
    • A Prayer to Saint James the Apostle Created: Thursday, July 24, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      In this prayer to Saint James the Apostle, we ask for the strength to be worthy followers of Christ.
    • The Five Types of Prayer Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.
    • When Is Easter 2015? Created: Sunday, March 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
    • Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic Church? Created: Sunday, June 01, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
    • A Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Created: Monday, June 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      This beautiful Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a popular prayer for use as a novena.
    • A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Created: Monday, July 14, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      This prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is often tied to the Brown Scapular and is also recited as a novena before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
    • What Is a Scapular? Created: Monday, July 14, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Learn more about the scapular, a small religious object worn by Catholics and tied to a particular devotion.
    • The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Created: Monday, July 14, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Learn more about the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which celebrates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251.
    • Universae Ecclesiae Created: Friday, May 13, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      The Instruction Universae Ecclesiae clarifies elements of Summorum Pontificum, which restored the ancient Traditional Latin Mass.
    • The Traditional Latin Mass Created: Thursday, June 21, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      The Traditional Latin Mass, celebrated for 1,500 years in the Catholic Church, is back. Learn more about the history of this ancient liturgy.
    • A Prayer to St. Camillus de Lellis Created: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      In this Prayer for the Sick Poor, we ask St. Camillus de Lellis to intercede for those most in need of healing.
    • The Top 10 Differences Between the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo Created: Friday, July 06, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      What are the top most obvious differences between the current Mass, introduced in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, and the Traditional Latin Mass?
    • Summorum Pontificum Created: Saturday, July 07, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      A summary of Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum, which restored the ancient Traditional Latin Mass as one of the two approved forms of the Mass.
    • Reader Question: What Are the Rules for Fasting Before Communion? Created: Thursday, October 28, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Using our Questions About Catholicism form, Bill writes: What are the fasting rules prior to receiving Holy Communion? The rules for fasting before Communion
    • Pange Lingua Gloriosi Created: Thursday, June 05, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      A traditional English translation of the famous Eucharistic hymn composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
    • A Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty Created: Friday, June 22, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      The Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty was composed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Fortnight for Freedom.
    • A Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Created: Monday, June 25, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      The Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria asks this great saint and doctor to intercede for the healing and growth of our souls.
    • What Are Patron Saints? Created: Friday, February 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
    • A Novena to Saint Benedict Created: Monday, July 01, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      In this novena, we ask Saint Benedict to intercede for us, that we may love God and our neighbor as he did.

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