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Natural Family Planning – an antidote to our sexual insanity

Guest editorial

Natural Family Planning book by John and Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning book, by one of the pioneer couples of the movement.

What’s the best antidote to our sex-crazed society? What can we do about it?

If you ask a wise person, you’ll learn that the root of the problem is the separation of the life-giving and love-giving aspects of the marital act. In other words, when the possibility of children is purposely excluded, sex becomes a playground with pleasure-alone as its aim. What results is abortion, homosexual behavior, a man’s disrespect for the woman, child predators and so on.

In a healthy society, sexual misbehavior of these kinds is unacceptable. But once contraception is accepted, history shows that a pandora’s box is opened, and all kinds of sexual immorality become commonplace.

It stands to reason that teaching natural family planning is one of the best antidotes to this problem. Natural family planning (NFP) respects the union of the man and woman in their most intimate moment. When practiced unselfishly, NFP is acceptable under Catholic teaching. When engaged couples take a series of classes in the method, they often find themselves coming off the Pill, or cancelling their plans to use it, and enjoying a new-found freedom. Continue reading Natural Family Planning – an antidote to our sexual insanity

Their priorities are first holiness—and secondly the mission

Photo of Fr. Brankin. Go to Fr. Brankin's bio.Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Anthony Brankin

Many years ago I used to say Mass for Mother Theresa’s Sisters—the Missionaries of Charity. There were about twenty of these sisters in their little convent on the West Side of Chicago. I would get there every Friday morning about five minutes before 7:00 and we would celebrate a nice simple Mass. Of course, the sisters had already been up for hours saying their prayers—praying the psalms and doing their own spiritual reading and meditation. And then after Mass, they would have breakfast—and soon—like soldiers going silently off to war—they went out into the neighborhood to bring the love of Christ to the poorest of the poor. This was their charisma. This is what they did—go out to the poorest among us and give them God. And they themselves were poor.

Each sister had only two saris—their habit—and a bucket. They were to be ready to move to the next mission in twenty minutes—if they were called. It was quite a neighborhood in which lived and worked. Surrounded by public housing or abandoned homes and burned out buildings, they would go into the high-rises—and search out the sick and hungry and dying. They would literally clothe the naked and feed the poor. But not the least of the things they would do (and the reason they went into these difficult places) was to tell the people about Jesus who loved them—and where they might find Him—even in the middle of their squalor and poverty. This was actually a dangerous mission. In fact they would stop about one o’clock every afternoon and go back to the convent—because by then, some of the more problematic of the high rise dwellers would start drinking and doing drugs. The Sisters would be putting their lives at risk for no good reason. So they would come home—certainly to lunch and then more prayer and maybe even some recreation. But it was obvious that as much as they were focused and intent on their mission to take care of the poor— they made sure that prayer and sacrament and sacrifice were woven all throughout their day. They knew—as surely as anyone could know—that they would never be able to do the least thing for poor people if they did not have the strength of Jesus—the love of Christ—the impulsion of the Holy Spirit encouraging them and inspiring them. Continue reading Their priorities are first holiness—and secondly the mission

Why must we suffer from Adam eating the apple?

Monday, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deacon Robert Banet

Meet Mr. Lin Yutang.

So you were brought up Christian?

Yes. My father was a pastor in China. I came to the United Sates to study.

Ah. You studied for the ministry?

Yes. That was when I saw the light.

The light?

Yes. I saw that the teachers considered such things as the Virgin Birth an open question. That’s when I began to doubt the whole thing.

You gave up your belief? Continue reading Why must we suffer from Adam eating the apple?