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A Rosary Ministry

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

John has published his Seven Day Bible Rosary since 1993.  Most of these booklets currently go free to prisoners upon request.  Others also purchase this booklet for themselves or for places of adoration.  See

We occasionally receive a thank-you letter from a prisoner.  Below is one we received recently.

Dear Mr. Kippley,

“Peace and Grace of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you all in Light and Love!”

Please forgive my delay in writing to let you know I did receive the Seven Day rosary booklet and pray it daily.  I feel you and people like you who encourage us in the faith are a Godsend, Mr. Kippley.

As for the continuation of such an apostolate which is clearly a precious jewel, you know God will provide a way.

I wanted to confirm my reception of the book with no issues.  [My] unit is a minimum security or is supposed to be and having said that, the unit is a little more relaxed on restrictions except what needs to be restricted.  Thank God.

As for the added intentions, it will be my pleasure to add them.  I have plenty of free time to devote to the Rosary mysteries.

Thank you for your service and know you all are in our prayers.  “May Love guide your every step in Life, and may the Blessed illumination of the Spirit of wisdom alight your pathway to Truth always!”

Christ be with you; Mary protect and pray for us!  In Christ, Jesus.

JFK: The continuation of this Seven Day Bible Rosary apostolate is not certain.  Please pray that it continues.




Natural Family Planning: Medicine and Morality

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

To a doctor friend John wrote the following:

When the subject of morality and biological/medical education comes up, I think of a day in the medical school education of my second daughter and her future husband.  The University of Cincinnati medical school brought in an “expert” to explain to the future docs about the patients they might be seeing.  People doing sodomy and whatever with, of course, some unhappy physical consequences.  The whole purpose of the day was to instruct the future docs not to be judgmental.

I would like the medical schools to bring in informed Catholics who could help future docs understand why believing Catholics believe that unnatural forms of birth control are immoral and thus help these future doctors not to be judgmental and to think that such Catholics and some others are crazy or Luddites.  We try to do that in Chapter 1 of our natural family planning manual.  Explaining Catholic belief in terms not only of the proscription of contraception but also in terms of a covenant theology of the marriage act might help some of them.  After all, if that theology helped Kimberly and Scott Hahn accept Catholic teaching on birth control when Scott considered himself the most anti-Catholic person at their seminary, perhaps it can help others as well.

Anyone who reads our manual will realize that it does not take many words to explain this sort of thing—the idea that the human sexual act ought to be 1) exclusively a marriage act and 2) a true marriage act, a renewal of the marriage covenant.  That simple idea gives meaning to the sexual act.  It helps people to understand the intrinsic dishonesty of 1) sex outside of marriage and 2) marital contraception.

I think that almost every theist can understand that the acceptance of contraception means the acceptance of the idea that modern men and women can take apart what God has put together in the human sexual act.  A couple of questions suffice:  “Who put together in one act what we call ‘making  love’ and ‘making babies’?”  A thinking theist has to say, “God.”  Then, “What is contraception except the effort to take apart what God has put together?”  Well, what else?  Thus, the acceptance of marital contraception logically entails the application of that “taking apart” to the entirety of imaginable sexual actions including adultery, fornication, incest, and—of course—the acceptance of sodomy, provided only that the parties are of legal age and have given mutual consent.

If you are dealing with a person who claims to be an atheist, it may be helpful to note that no one can prove that God does not exist.  The logicians have long told us that no one can prove a negative.  If you think it might be helpful in dealing with an unbeliever, you can give her or him a brochure I developed (at the request of a prisoner) titled “Why Believe?”  You can download it (free) at .

John F. Kippley



A Prayer While Driving to Mass

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Years ago Father Paul Wolfer would remind worshipers of the four purposes of the Mass—Adoration, Reparation, Thanksgiving, and Petition. He has long gone to his eternal reward, and we have thought it good to keep reminding ourselves of these built-in aspects of the Mass. Thus, we pray as follows as we drive to Mass. –John & Sheila K.

Heavenly Father, we (or I) offer You this Mass today in adoration of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We offer this Mass in reparation for our sins, the sins of our families, and for all the sins committed this day against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We offer you this Mass in thanksgiving for the whole work of creation and redemption, for the work of the prophets, for the special work of John the Baptist, for sending your Divine Son to save us, for everything that Jesus said and did and taught us, for all of his miracles, for giving us his own Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist, for suffering and dying for us on the cross, for his glorious Resurrection and Ascension into heaven, for the outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and for the gift of all the Sacraments.

We thank you for all the priests who will celebrate Mass this day, especially those who will celebrate Mass in faith, obedience, reverence and personal chastity. We thank you for the priests who are using our (NFPI) resources to help their couples and to advance the mission of the Church, and we ask you to increase their number. We thank you for our students, and we pray that they will accept the teaching of your Church and be generous in having children.

We offer this Mass in thanksgiving for every blessing You have given us personally, especially for the families we were brought up in, for the educations we received, for our providential meeting and marriage, for the gift of our children and their spouses and their families, and for our grandchildren and any of their friends who are helping them on the narrow road that leads to eternal life.

We offer You this Mass in thanksgiving for excellent health almost all the time, for the health problems you have allowed us to encounter, and for all the healings you have brought about in us and members of our family. We thank you for the freedom to worship at Mass without fear of persecution and for the ease we have in getting to Mass.

We offer this Mass in solemn petition for authentic reform and renewal in the Church, for all the missionary works of the Church, for a rebirth of chastity, for a stop to abortion and contraception and sodomy, and for a culture of purity and life—all throughout the Church, our country and the world.

We offer this Mass for faith and perseverance for all those who are being persecuted for the Faith today; we offer this Mass for a stop to persecution of the Church; and we offer this Mass for a healing of divisions within the Church and for unity of Faith among all Christians.

We offer this Mass in petition for the conversion of Islam, for the conversion of the Jews, and for the conversion of China and North Korea and all other lands under the heavy hand of atheistic communism. We offer this Mass for the conversion of North America, for the re-conversion of Latin America and Europe, and for good government all throughout the world.

We offer this Mass also in solemn petition for all our personal needs and those of our families and friends—for an increase of faith, hope, love, purity and contrition, for a deep and true spirit of religion and discipleship, and for the gifts of wisdom and Christian prudence,

We pray this Mass for the continuation of good health, for the healing of all those for whom we have been asked to pray, for adequate employment throughout the world, and for a true spirit of Christian generosity.

We offer all of this in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Amen.