I Am Against Contraception Because I Have Faith in Humanity

So far this blog has been about my own spiritual journey and random adventures around the world.  Recently though I have been feeling more compelled to speak out on moral and political issues.  About a month a ago I attended a social justice conference sponsored by my diocese.  The first session I sat in was about the necessity of getting involved in the public sphere as Catholics.  With recent issues like the HHS mandate, we have an urgent responsibility to speak out.  So this, and other places on the internet, is where I choose speak out, to educate and engage others.

JPII’s got my back.

In this post I’m just going to come right out and address contraception, sex and God’s beautiful plan for us.  Now when someone like me addresses things like this everyone asks: How can someone who is going to be a nun, has never had sex and hasn’t even been in a serious relationship talk about these things intelligently?  I can do this because I have an understanding of heaven and the nuptial union between God and His Church.  As usual, my man JPII has something to say on this subject.  In his words:   “Marriage reveals the nuptial character of celibacy, and celibacy reveals that the ultimate purpose of marriage is to prepare us for heaven.” (http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/sexuality/se0114.html)

Let’s break that down.  Marriage is a sacrament; sacraments are meant to be a physical sign of an inward grace, or spiritual reality.  Marriage is the foreshadowing of the marriage feast of heaven, when we will all be reunited with God.  Celibacy “skips” this earthly foreshadowing and attempts to live out a deeper union with God here on earth.   In a nutshell, my life as a nun will hopefully mirror the deeper meaning behind marriage and all that goes with it. If that made zero sense, see the link above.

At this point you’re probably asking yourself what the point of this post is anyway.  Well the catalyst was the launching of a wonderful, revolutionary website called 1flesh.org.  BadCatholic(the blogger I would marry if I wasn’t going to be a nun) helped create this project as an attempt to reveal the truth about artificial birth control and why sex is better “naked.”

So I was on Catholic cloud nine, exploring this website and helping to blow up the internet with its bold truth.  But of course the majority of people in this world can’t handle the truth and certainly don’t like being told how to live their lives.  Over on the Atheist channel at Patheos I came across this article:  “Catholic Blogger’s Dangerous New Project Warns People to Stop Using Contraception.”  And as I began reading, my head started inadvertently hitting the desk in frustration.  This blogger couldn’t even come up with new or creative arguments.  It is clear to me that she does not have a grasp on the Catholic understanding of sex or why this understanding is freeing, not constraining.

Firstly this:  “it’s an archaic, unrealistic standard.”  It just occurred to me how incredibly stupid this argument is.  People are always saying that the Catholic Church is outdated and has “unrealistic” expectations.  Why do we think that people today are less capable of self-control than those of the 19th century?  Personally, I have more faith in humanity than that.  We Catholics hold the crazy notion that people can and should control their desires.  Apparently that’s too much to ask.  People are obviously going to have sex anyway, so let’s just make it easier and more convenient!

Second bone of contention: apparently avoiding artificial contraception makes women “into slaves of their own biology despite the existence of readily available alternatives.”  Does this lady know anything about NFP or the like…?  Newsflash: Catholics are not against preventing pregnancy and planning a family prudently (gasp), we simply believe that artificial contraception inhibits the unitive and procreative nature of intercourse.

And the last paragraph just pushed me over the edge: “1Flesh will fail at making uncontrolled fertility and high-risk sex cool, and that’s a blessedly good thing. Still, it is utterly irresponsible and dangerous for anyone to attempt to convince people not to use contraception. It’s one thing to preach abstinence. It’s another to tell people who are having sex without the intent to have children to stay away from highly-effective forms of contraception.”  If 1flesh is preaching the truth, which I believe it is, it will certainly not fail but flourish and reach thousands of people.  Again, I’m not sure what Catechism you’ve been skimming, but the Catholic Church does not promote “uncontrolled fertility” or “high-risk sex.”  We do not operate under the assumption that fertility is under our control.  It is a gift from God, who expects us to use it responsibly and not throw it out the door completely, as with artificial contraception.  Hence, the no sex outside of marriage.  Oh yeah, and children aren’t a “risk” of sex – Catholic couples who practice some sort of natural family planning aren’t living in constant of fear of pregnancy.  As for the last sentence – we are not just willy nilly going around telling people not to use contraception but to continue having all the sex you want.  Our aim is to teach people God’s plan for our sexuality and that most of the time you should be at least open to having children(since that’s kinda what it’s for).

Woah, apparently I had a lot of feelings about that…

In case you forgot in the midst of my rantings, please check out 1flesh.org.

10 Replies to “I Am Against Contraception Because I Have Faith in Humanity”

  1. Oh honey. Where to begin? You really think people in the 19th century didn’t have sex outside of marriage? Also, you do realize that NFP is not nearly as reliable a way of preventing pregnancy than contraceptives, don’t you? Also, where did you get this concept of “heaven and the nuptial union between God and God’s Church?” It’s….bizarre. And furthermore, how does your skipping the foreshadowing of heaven (and sex IS heavenly, if you do it right) by being celibate qualify you to discuss the issues of contraception? You are missing a step or two in that logic, darling.

    Additionally, children are a blessed side effect of sex, but hardly it’s purpose. Sex is the physical sign of God’s grace. That’s why a marriage can be annulled if you haven’t consumated it. Children can be the result of that grace, but again, they aren’t the point.

    Finally, I have no problem with people with differing opinions and perspectives sharing them. I have a huge problem with the Church trying to get out of providing medical care for it’s female employees. Jehova’s Witnesses don’t believe in blood transfusions, yet it is unthinkable that we would accept a JW employer to refuse to pay for a blood transfusion for an employee that needed it. The Church has a right to preach it’s beliefs. But this is America, and that means it does not have the right to enforce them.

    1. 1) She did not say that people in the 19th century didn’t have sex outside of marriage. Only that they were expected not to and held to a certain standard of morality…whether or not they met up to it or even cared to try may have depended on the person. But they were expected to meat that moral standard of goodness regardless. Why aren’t we expected today? Does everyone just assume we are to wimpy? come on, lets be bad-asses for Christ, and when we fail we will try again and again and again.

      2) True, you may still get pregnant with NFP, however it does prevent it more so than other things. Plain and simple, if you know the lovely lady is at that time of the month where she can get pregnant and you don’t have sex at that time…no baby. Condoms however can break and pills fail. Now, it is possible the ladies cycle might change one month by a day or two or some other things occur and you end up getting pregnant but it is still a smaller chance than having sex with a condom that can easily break during a time you KNOW there is a high chance of conception.
      Also, the point of NFP is not to prevent pregnancy like its a terrible disease you don’t want. Its a way of learning some self control in many areas. Self control in denying the pleasure of sex every once in a while so you appreciate it and the wonderful person you do it with more, as well as the practical “trying to plan out the size and spacing of your family so that you don’t have 5 kids in a row and are unable to feed them as a result”. However, we also realize that God ultimately is in charge, and he can say, “no, i want her pregnant…hmmm, ok, your cycle will be off this week, now welcome the new gift”. Those who practice NFP are not saying, “a baby would be terrible right now, we must prevent it”. They are saying “we think that God is telling us to not have a kid just yet, so we will practice some self control and try to not have one, but we realize we may be wrong about what God wants and if so he will get us pregnant anyway”. —-God also btw, has his hand in the failure of unnatural contraceptives as well. if he wants to give you a precious gift from above he will despite any pill of rubber you may have at your disposal.—–
      The difference here is this. in NFP you are trying to discern what God wants for you, and try and accomplish that but are always open to the idea you may be wrong about what God wants and you trust that God will make what he wants to happen anyway. Its all about trust. Trusting God, trusting your own self control, trusting your spouse to receive them fully with out any hold-backs. But in Artificial contraception its usually this deluded idea that i can successfully thwart God’s plan to give me a child when i have sex with someone at a certain time of the month by using some product that promises to work most of the time because the truth is i don’t want a kid right now and i am not open to the possibility of being surprised with it even though i didn’t plan for it. The truth is i want sex JUST for fun and pleasure with this person i really kinda like but am at the same time unwilling to share my whole, real, natural, free self with. that is the difference, its not about getting pregnant or not getting pregnant, its about human relationships with each other, your spouse, your God, yourself, and the potential little guy that may be on the way. Its about the best way to express love freely and without restraint.

      3) The church is the bride of Christ. We are the spiritual body of Christ as the Church. Jesus is the God man, both human and divine. he is in himself a union and marriage between Heaven and Earth, God and man, Divinity and the material. We the church are his body, his bride. We will be married to him, we are being married to him. Dont ever forget that.

      4) If you think you were a side effect of sex, i would consider looking at your own self worth. You miss, are far more than a side effect. You are the purposeful, planned from before the dawn of time by an infinite God, direct result of an act of perfect love. you were not a “blessed side effect” God planned it that you should be formed from that happy union of your mother and father. God said “be fertile and multiply” in genesis. The purpose of sex is indeed to fold. The perfect expression of love between to people that binds them together so that they be one flesh and so that that unity of love be so great that it actually has the potential to create another person and will create another person whenever God wills it do so. This Reflects the trinity as The Son proceeds from the Father and the love between the father and the son is so great that there love proceeds as another person, the holy spirit. and this unity between the three has always existed for all eternity. You need the three, not just the two. the third result is a necessary occurring, not random happenstance of good fortune….its good planning on God’s part.

      5) If the Mormons are against blood transfusions then i honestly don’t see why one would force a Mormon to support them in any way.

      6) YES YOU DO. because my opinion is that I have the right, and my Church has a right to go out into the world and preach what we know to be true, and if we believe that it is morally wrong for us to support in any way contraception or abortion or anything else like that, then we have a right not to regardless how much people may complain about us not taking care of our employees. And we may not be able to force all Catholics to obey that but we can continually tell Catholics who choose to support this stuff that they are wrong and in sin.
      You believe that myself and my church does not have any of that right to do so.
      You now say that no one has a right to enforce their beliefs, yet our to beliefs are directly contradictory. if myself and my church carries out our beliefs it will inhibit yours, and if you carry out yours it will inhibit ours. What you really mean to say is this (intentionally or unintentionally you are saying this), “The Catholic church does not have the right to force its belief on the country, to force us to not require you Catholics to provide health care in regards contraception and the like. but those of us who disagree with you have every right to force our belief upon you, that you should provide this kind of health care regardless of what you believe and you have no right to resist that”

      why don’t you just attack the situation outright? You disagree with my belief, you think it is wrong. PROVE IT. don’t just say “i am ok with you having a different belief but no one is allowed to force those beliefs on others” and then turn around and try and force your belief on me that causes me to have to abandon my belief. You want everyone to believe what is right as much as i want it, as you should. so try and actually figure the truth out and then bravely proclaim it until everyone you meet agrees with you and benefits from that agreement. that’s what i am choosing to do.

      1. 1) I am all for about being a bad-ass for Christ, but that’s just about the only thing you and I agree on. I don’t think celibacy is no longer expected because society thinks itself as too wimpy. How the institution of marriage works has changed kind of a lot since the 19th century, and views of sexuality have also changed. Most women aren’t provided for with dowries, but that doesn’t mean their families no longer value them. The sad truth of the matter is that a man’s virginity has never been something society has felt the need to comment on, presumably because it can’t be “proven,” but in an incredibly patriarchical society women’s virginity was effectively commoditized through marriage, making a woman who had sex before marriage “damaged goods.” Which is sick. Actually, in my opinion, commenting on the sex life of someone with whom you are not in a relationship is kind of sick. Why should society care if I do or do not have sex?

        2) Fact check: NFP has a failure rate of 25%, using male condoms has a failure rate of 14%, and using oral contraception (the pill) has a failure rate of 5% ( http://www.americanpregnancy.org/preventingpregnancy/birthcontrolfailure.html ). Also I am intrigued and amused by this God of yours who goes around with a divine needle, puncturing condoms. You made two arguments in your bullet point number two, and they kind of conflict. First you argue that NFP is just as effective, which I went ahead and addressed for you. Secondly you argue about all of these other thoughts which you claim people using contraception have, and that NFP is preferable because it necessitates a true openness to children. If that were true, then it would require practitioners of NFP to acknowledge that NFP is significantly less effective that contraceptives, which negates your first argument (in addition to the actual statistics that negate your first argument). Now I don’t know you, but based on your post, I’m going to guess that you’ve never sex while using a contraceptive. And this inference makes me think that you have very little insight into the thought process of couples who DO use contraception. I have had sex using contraception, and I’ve had extensive discussions with my partner about contraception, it’s success, failure, and the possibility of pregnancy. Children are not a disease, but they are an enormous responsibility and financial burden, and the responsible, mature thing to do is to wait to have them until you are ready.

        3) Ok, consider your Church-bride, Christ-groom speech committed to memory.

        4) You and I are obviously very different. I LIKE that my existence is the result of my parents passionately loving each other both emotionally and physically. I know I was planned, both by them and by God. But I ALSO know that while I am one of 5 kids, my parents had sex a lot more than 5 times. AND I know that roughly 2/3rd of that sex was not for the purpose of having more children, but rather to express their love. And I am so grateful for that. Now, about your Trinity/sex theory, are you saying that infertile couples are incapable of having sacramental sex or something? Because it seems to me that not only do infertile couples not have the third, but they cannot and will not have the third. Sooo…….?

        5) I can’t believe I’m seriously spending the energy discussing this with someone who just said that they believe an employer, not only that but a religious employer, should be allowed to let an employee die or go broke because of an objection towards a medical procedure. You do realize that this is the logical conclusion of your argument, yes? If Bob works for a Jehova’s Witness organization but is not JW, and gets into a car accident and suffers massive blood loss, Bob will need a blood transfusion to survive. You think the Jehova’s Witness organization should be allowed to say “this isn’t covered uunder the insurance we provide you, so either pay out-of-pocket or die?” If this is truly what you believe, than I should just give up now.

        6) The Church thinks a lot of things are wrong, yet I am opposed to the Church being allowed to enforce those beliefs on others. Divorce, for instance, the Church teaches is wrong, and yet I do not think divorce should be legally prohibited. I don’t want to force you to use contracetion. I am all for your right to make fallacious arguments that NFP is just as effective as other forms of birth control. I support you going out and preaching against contracetives. The only thing I am opposed to is having an employer have the right to deny life-saving medical procedures (and if you read the post below mine, you will see that avoiding pregnancy is at times a life-or-death situation) under the guise of it’s “moral code.”

        If you think you have figured out the actual truth, then I am going to say that I think you have a lot to learn. I am confident in my beliefs, and I am proudly proclaiming it (I don’t think it necessarily takes courage or bravery). I have no expectation that everyone I meet will every agree with me on anything. And, frankly, I think if you can manage to say something which no one disagrees with, then probably what you have said is utterly meaningless.

        I am preparing for a long term trip, so unfortunately I will be too busy to continue this conversation. I just want to say that now so that if you respond, you don’t think I’m ignoring you. Good luck with whatever life brings you, and God bless. You and Victoria will be in my prayers.

    2. Ok, for some reason i cant reply to your last comment so i am replying to the first. Note taken that you will be away. But when you come back please do read what I have here. You might just like at least half of it…maybe, I don’t really know….but you might.
      1) It does not matter if society views sex, and all that revolves around it, differently than it once did. All that should matter is what sex really is, a union between man and woman, blessed by God for the expression of love to the point where it is open to and may produce new life. I don’t really care if the general public views sex any differently. Their opinion is not important.
      2) Ok, I make no further claim to be an expert on the percentages of failure or success of various contraceptives/NFP. Maybe your statistics are right, maybe they are wrong, whatever. My main point really wasn’t supposed to be about the success of it anyway. My point was simply this, that NFP allows for a greater communication of love and openness to be expressed between the two people. There is nothing standing in the way between them. Ultimately with both contraception and NFP you are in fact trying to avoid having a kid at the moment. But I believe what sets them apart is how it affects the relationship between the two and not necessarily the effectiveness in preventing children especially when you should be trusting God above all else that he will give you a child when He decides it is best for you —regardless of any contraception or family planning or what-not. The church believes that contraception causes an unnatural and unnecessary separation between two people who are supposed to be united at the moment. And I am not saying people who use contraception are thinking “ok, I want sex but I don’t want to be united with my wife either, so I will use a condom when we do it”. But even so, that is the type of effect it has. The whole issue with effectiveness is really more (I think anyway) about the fact that condoms tend to give people this false idea that they can thwart God and thwart nature by popping a pill or something…when they can’t. I think it’s silly to try and thwart the plan of someone who has had a long time to get really good at thwarting other people’s plans and filling in His own.

      And yes, the responsible thing to do is to wait to have them until you are ready, but children naturally follow the act of making love. So if you are having sex you better be ready to have children. I am not saying you should be totally prepared, and maybe you decide, “well, lets try to avoid getting pregnant right now if we can because I don’t think we are ready yet.” but even if that’s true, the fact you are married and having sex means you are at least partially ready, ready enough to be married and in that kind of a relationship where God can easily surprise you with a kid.
      3) ok
      4) Well I am glad you love that you are the result of love. But your wording from before did not sound that way. you made it sound as if you where nothing more than a bi-product of that love, when in reality you were the entire point of it. And yes I understand that not every sex act your parents had where for the specific intent of trying to get pregnant. It doesn’t need to be “hey wanna try and get pregnant, lets have sex”. But every time it is “hey, lets make love together as perfectly as we can”. And they should understand that such an expression of love can create new life and if they are still willing to express such a great love then I expect it to be on their minds at all times that they are holding the power to let God create within them every time they do have sex. Even if they are not specifically having sex to try and get pregnant, they are trying to express love, and they should know what that means. —-its like painting. the intent of painting is to create art. You were the intent of their love every time. When they had sex because they tried to get pregnant, when they had sex and they weren’t trying, when you actually were conceived, even when they are just being together around the house living life with one another. Such a lifestyle is itself an expression of great love, and new life isn’t just some byproduct but the whole point of it.
      4.5) Infertile couples can still have sex. The purpose of sex is twofold, to be a perfect expression of love and the creation of new life. But think of it this way, what is the creation of new life but the expression of love. God loved us into being. Love is creation of new life. Again with the trinity, the love between the Father and the Son is so great that that love is another person. I think it is the same with sex. The point is to perfectly express love; it is possible that that love may become another person. That is why it also makes sense what I said earlier. (this new explanation may make more sense) Even though every time your parents had sex they were not specifically saying “we are trying to get pregnant”, they were still saying “we want to express love”. And every time they did they just kept trying to express it better and better and eventually there was you. Not a byproduct of their love…you ARE their love. So, can an infertile couple have sex to express love? I think so. Will it produce offspring… probably not, but remember what I said, if God decides he wants it too, it will. So the correct answer is, maybe, probably not, but even the impossible is possible with God. So, even an infertile couple must be aware that they are holding with them the power to create new life through such a powerful expression of love.
      5) ok, good point. This is a situation of REAL healthcare, where this is a procedure that someone would need to live. Contraception, not so much. And a situation where a religion refuses the support of life probably isn’t a good one. Although admittedly I am still uneasy about the idea of forcing them to go against whatever their conscience is telling them to do. I think this is a question I am not sure I have an answer to and I should need to think about it further. Back to our main points of discussion.
      6) I like it better when you just say that you don’t think the church should be allowed to force its views on others. But let it be known the church doesn’t mean to force anyone to obey our teachings. It will however proclaim our teachings and do what it can to help those members of the church to follow those teachings freely if they so choose; which is what is wrong here. The church teaches that contraception is morally wrong and therefore it is morally wrong also to support it. So, for an employer or a taxpayer to have to pay for what we believe would be sinful to pay for is a problem. If you want to pay for birth control, use birth control, provide coverage for birth control, ect, then you can freely do so, catholic or not catholic. But when you say you have to provide it for others it’s a problem because you may and probably will be forcing someone to do something they believe is wrong. This is our problem as a church with the whole health care law. People think the church is trying to force people to obey its teachings but really all it is doing is trying to keep the government from forcing Catholics to disobey the church’s teachings. If they want to disobey of their own will, fine, the church cannot stop them. But to actually force people who have the right to obey, if they so choose, to not obey is a problem.
      But maybe you disagree. Maybe you believe that the church is wrong in its belief that contraception is wrong in a similar way that we seem to agree that it may be wrong for Mormons to not believe in blood transfusions. In which case you are ok with forcing Catholics to disobey because you think you are providing them a service by setting them free of a bad rule. Well, I disagree with that idea and I think you would be wrong and the church right. I doubt if I will change your mind in this post though and you won’t change mine. But please, when the topic comes up with others don’t be afraid to say “I think the church is wrong and therefore it needs to change what it believes and teaches”. Don’t just “I am ok with you believing what you want, but oh, btw, you aren’t actually allowed to practice it.” if you don’t want them practicing that belief then try convincing them their belief is wrong.
      —also, I do not think I have figured out truth, I think a church was taught the truth by the truth incarnate when the church was first born, and that church has continued to grow in understanding of that truth that they had been taught over the course of 2000 years by the power of the Holy Spirit who has been working through all of its members especially in the saints and in the offices of the bishops and the Magisterium led by the office of the Pope. I am just trying to learn that truth as much as I can.
      Now, have a nice trip, thank you for your prayers, I will pray for you also.

  2. When I “reverted” to the Catholic Church, I knew it had to be all or nothing. I have taken the Church’s stand on contraception very, very seriously. And I agree with it. I have four kids. I’m 36. I wish I could have more. There are a couple of sticking points, however. These are sorts of “bumps in the road” in the sense that they are things that I never would have foreseen or thought about if they had not happened to me.

    With my first son, I was in labor for two solid days and there was zero “progress.” There was no way I could have given birth to him naturally. Without a doubt in my mind, I would have died in childbirth like ancestors of mine had I not had surgery. For anyone who has not had a c-section, doctors, midwives, and hospitals generally still do not like the idea of vaginal births after caesarians, but some allow/promote this. In the event that caesarians are the only way you can give birth, three is the maximum safely advised. For my second, I wanted a VBAC, and my midwife and hospital would have let me try for one, but my pelvic structure is too small and my babies too big. After a second c-section, no midwife or doctor will let you try for a vaginal birth. So I also had a third, and fourth caesarian section. I should mention that, although they are common, c-sections are major surgery and, at least for me, the recovery time is not inconsequential. There is a lot of pain involved.

    With my last (fourth) surgery, my midwife told me she could see my baby right through my uteran wall. She and the doctor said I very easily could have ruptured. If you don’t know anything about uteran rupture during pregnancy, you only have a matter of minutes to get to the hospital and get the baby out, and not much longer for the mother to remain alive. It’s not a good situation to be in.

    Keep in mind, we have used NFP for years. Only our first child was conceived “intentionally.” The rest were just blessed gifts from God! (Well, they all were, but you know what I mean. They were God’s plans, not ours.) NFP did not work for us when it came to avoidance. We used computer software to help us read our charts, Couple to Couple counselors, and one of my best friends and her husband (NFP teachers) also helped us. In the end, we found the sympto-thermal method of NFP woefully ineffective. It does NOT work well for all women, particularly when breastfeeding. And yes, you CAN get pregnant while nursing! It is definitely NOT 99% effective, or whatever stat they are promoting these days. I also explored other types of NFP.

    After the third and fourth child, my medical professionals were scared for my safety and highly recommended a course of action that would ensure I would not get pregnant again. They feared for my life, as did my husband. I want more children, but cannot have more [biologically] safely. In our case, it seems that I am not avoiding future pregnancy so much as wishing to avoid death and preserve my life. Sadly, I am unsure that the Church provides any clear answers to such a situation, and this is a situation that is terribly common. It is not a situation I chose.

    I just point this out because again, I would have never thought of such a scenario had it not happened to me. NFP was simply too risky a possibility, given our experience with it. I love and respect the Church’s teaching on contraception, and I am against it, but wish there was more explicit teaching on the difference between wishing to preserve one’s life and the evils of selfishly limiting family size.

    God bless you. I am excited for your future as a sister! I think you’ve found an awesome order!

    PS: For the record, I think it’s really crappy when people, such as the above, make condescending comments to someone [presumably] younger than they are and proceed to call them “honey” and “darling.” It’s happened to me way too many times to count and it is exceptionally disrespectful.

    1. Thanks for sharing your story! I can’t even begin to imagine the moral dilemmas you face and props to you for being so strong. I’m slowly learning more and more about these topics, so hopefully as a Sister I can help guide people in the truth. Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought the “honey” comment was out of line…

      1. Thanks for the response. I only wanted to point out that things are not so pat and easy as some people suppose, and NFP doesn’t work for everyone (as the above responder supposes). Although the Church’s teaching is correct, wise, illuminating, and all the rest, it leaves some definite gaps and uncertainties for those of us (many of us) with situations that require 100% certainty. As my priest said to me regarding this problematic situation, ”You have to be there for the children you have.” Let’s face it, in a previous era, not too long ago, I’d have died with my first child. (I had relatives in the 40s who that happened to.) But we live in a different time now, and the fact that I’m alive actually presents some problems and issues previous eras wouldn’t have faced.

  3. I was a sponsor for RCIA and we were asked to answer some questions. One was if a choice had to be made between the mother’s life and the baby’s which should it be. The answer according to church teachings is the baby’s. I really had a problem with this especially if in your case there are other children that would be left motherless.

  4. This post truly is a prime example of how to live out our faith. Preaching the truth is difficult, but so was following Jesus in the early Catholic Church. We will be judged and persecuted for our beliefs and God asks us to endure that and embrace His Love so that the rest of the world may hear our voice. I just blogged about speaking up the other day after our priest gave an inspiring homily about how if we are NOT being persecuted for speaking the truth, we must be doing something wrong.
    Last week we celebrated the feast of St’s Peter and Paul. St. Paul was called to conversion and began to speak the truth which directly opposed what he stood for before his conversion.
    Today we recognize the doubting Thomas and we are called to be believers of Christ and His teachings even though we were not there when it happened. Christ died for us so that we could live for Him.
    This also reminds me of a song that was the theme of one of the Franciscan Youth Conferences, Rise Up! A Catholic Revolution – Chris Padgett
    Every other point I would have made was done so a lot better than I would have by Shaun, so thanks!
    God Bless,
    Juli

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