JULY 22-28 IS NFP AWARENESS WEEK. This Wednesday, July 25, is the 50th anniversary of the encyclical letter of Blessed Pope Paul VI “On the Regulation of Birth,” known by its Latin title, Humanæ Vitæ. The document certainly deserves a rereading or a first reading, and its prophetic nature becomes obvious. It is available on line at humanae-vitae. Here are some of the principal reasons why NFP (Natural Family Planning) is so beneficial to healthy marriages.
- NFP is health-conscious. NFP does not harm the body. It poses no risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, vision changes, weight gain, sporadic bleeding or depression.
- NFP has planning prowess. With NFP a couple can time when they want to have children. Because they know when they are fertile, they can truly plan for each pregnancy and birth. No guesswork. This is so important for couples who are having difficulty conceiving. Most doctors will recommend NFP to couples when they are not conceiving.
- NFP is green. NFP promotes good health. It doesn’t pollute the human body or the environment. It enhances self-discipline in all walks of life. It follows natural law as well as the natural moral law.
- NFP is the morally-upright teaching of the Catholic Church. The Church teaches that NFP is the right way to plan a family because it honors how we are made. NFP unites family to marriage.
One of the “causes for alarm” as a consequence of the use of artificial contraception that Blessed Paul VI cited is that “a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.” This takes us to the heart of the matter. Marriage is intended to be “a partnership of the whole of life,” including fertility. A couple’s fertility is shared, not just a woman’s concern. Couples committed to NFP understand this. They understand further that they are cooperators with God and with each other in procreation
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