The Church has laid out time and again that couples ought to practice a period of abstinence within marriage, only if they have a grave (or serious) reason. The Church does not teach that every married couple ought to use NFP. The Church has never taught every couple “needs” NFP.[click to continue...]
I admit it. I stand corrected on the definition of limbo.
This is me saying mea culpa.
I am eating a slice of humble pie.
I overstepped and misunderstood.
As so many tried to set me straight, I finally realized the error I made.
In my ignorance I got sloppy and failed to be precise in my language.[click to continue...]
I remember listening to a sermon from the pastor at our former parish years ago on Respect Life Sunday. Within it, he admitted his reluctance to preach on the topic of abortion or other life issues. He explained he was afraid of unsettling anyone who may be post-abortive (those having participated in an abortion in the past).
His mindset is not uncommon. I have heard anecdotally from other pro-life Catholics this is the excuse they hear priests making all too often.[click to continue...]
Is using contraception a mortal sin?
Given its popularity among Christians, even Catholics, the answer could help determine the eternal fate of so many of its users.[click to continue...]
Men, especially, are drawn to what they see with their eyes. This means their faculty of sight can also lead them into great sin. Men must be careful for who and what they lay their eyes on.
Virtuous women take this weakness in men into consideration and do not allow themselves to be a cause of sin to men.[click to continue...]
In his Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas states, “I answer that, Chastity takes its name from the fact that reason ‘chastises’ concupiscence, which, like a child, needs curbing, as the Philosopher [Aristote] states (Ethic. iii, 12). Now the essence of human virtue consists in being something moderated by reason, as shown above (Summa I-II, 64, 1). Therefore it is evident that chastity is a virtue” (II-II, 151, 1, co.).[click to continue...]
You may have heard it posited before. Perhaps a deceased, unborn child can be credited with the grace of baptism of desire, because the child’s parents desired to baptize their child upon birth.
This idea is often bandied as a comfort to those of us parents who have lost children to miscarriage, especially.
It is a pious thought to desire baptism for every soul. Surely we want every child to go to Heaven. But does it hold up theologically?[click to continue...]
I have seen comments in chatrooms and on social media where couples lament that NFP “failed” them and they became pregnant. They swear they practiced the steps as their instructor told them to do for charting. And despite their best efforts, they still became pregnant.[click to continue...]
In the most-recent, Winter 2016 edition of Celebrate Life Magazine, I had the honor of being published in their wonderful magazine.[click to continue...]
Thus, when Eve ate the forbidden fruit, she was guilty of disobeying two persons. Not only God, but also her husband. This is the teaching of the Early Church Fathers.[click to continue...]