Sunday, January 22, 2006

Lay the Axe to the Root....

Even now the axe is laid to the root of the tree, every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10

Today marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court decision that legalized the killing of unborn babies by any means and at any stage of preborn life. The pernicious root of this crime is yet unacknowledged by some prolife activists. That root would be birth control. Before 1930, all Protestant and Catholic religious leaders opposed its use. Luther and Calvin spoke explicitly against it. Currently most mainstream Protestant sects permit and even advocate the use of birth control.

The Catholic Church has consistently maintained its prolife and anti birth control stance and it is explained in the documents Casti Connubi (on Christian Marriage) and Humanae Vitae (On Human life.

According to Wikipedia a new movement of evangelical protestants have eschewed the use of birth control relying on the Biblical verse:
Sons are a heritage of the Lord. Children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are son's born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they content with the enemies at the gates.

Once we decide to limit our family by the use of birth control we have diverted ourselves from obeying God's will and generously accepting the children that He would send to us; souls entrusted to their parents' care for their lifetime on earth. Souls that should be nurtured in the Catholic Faith and hopefully returned to God for eternity.

In a misguided and often abused attempt to "help" many Catholics rely upon and aggressively promote so-called Natural Family Planning to avoid bearing children. Unfortunately a marriage rendered partially or completely barren even with the use of NFP will later be a cause for regret as attested to in this article.

Another excellent case against the use of natural family planning birth control is made by Christopher Ferrara of Catholic Family News here.

Think about this. If you really love the children that God has given you, completely and wholeheartedly, why deny them more brothers and sisters? Why would you deny yourself the opportunity to grow in graces and learn ever new ways to sacrifice and perserve in the Catholic family life that God has called you to?

Our Lady say, "Fiat". She said yes to God and yes to life and yes to Our Saviour. As a young, betrothed but yet unmarried woman she had every expectation that she would not bear a child and still she said yes.

What will you say?

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