Humanae Vitae and NFP: my testimony

By Terry McDermott from 8 Kids and a Business, the following article at Catholic Insight on Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae and Natural Family Planning is very good.

Humanae Vitae and NFP: my testimony.

Terry talks about her experience with Humanae Vitae, her teaching it, and about how sometimes following the teachings of the Church are challenging, but how ultimately following God’s plan for marriage is fulfilling.  From the article:

My husband and I would not be the strong married couple we are today if not for the full life God has given us. Our sacramental marriage has been forged and strengthened in the fires of our family’s life. Our decision to trust the teachings of Humanae Vitae and raise our children in God’s providential care has resulted in abundant graces and blessings for our family.

Humanae Vitae and Natural Family Planning are true gifts to marriage and family life because in her wisdom, Holy Mother Church knows that “man cannot attain that true happiness for which he yearns with all the strength of his spirit, unless he keeps the laws which the Most High God has engraved in his very nature” (HV 31). Let us pray for a renewed commitment to marriage in keeping with the teachings of Humanae Vitae so that our families and society will live in conformity with God’s great plans.

Read the rest there 🙂

Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae can be found HERE.

I really appreciate Terry’s testimony on how even with using NFP, her pregnancies were not always planned, but how they turned out to be blessings.  Her article also touches on the rebellion within the Church against Humanae Vitae, especially within (but definitely not limited to) Canada, with the Winnipeg Statement.

-Average Catholic


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3 Responses to Humanae Vitae and NFP: my testimony

  1. Thank you for your support. God bless you and your family.

  2. neodecaussade says:

    Dear Average Catholic,
    There is a lot of pain in my family from Humanae Vitae and the anger is still at the surface of my emotions. I am happy some people are getting along while following those rules. This encyclical needs to be repealed. Those happy folks will be just as happy and their relationships just as strong without it.

  3. Hello Neodecaussade,
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂 Out of curiosity, why did Humanae Vitae cause your family pain? If it has to do with a miscarriage or anything like that, I am truly sorry. I know a woman who had six miscarriages before her first live birth, and it was very very painful for her

    As to the encyclical being “repealed”, that cannot and won’t happen. This is a 2,000 year old teaching of the Church. It is a teaching of the truth, not a discipline. Laws are revoked. Recognitions and statements of truths are not.

    If you are Catholic (I assume you are since you paid attention, pro or con, to Humanae Vitae) then know that, unlike other churches, you belong to *the* Church whose teachings are protected by the Holy Ghost:

    – (Matthew 16:17-19): [17] And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. [18] And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [19] And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

    That guarantee was given to Peter, the first pope, and exists in his successors, down to Pope Francis. While popes are human beings, and are otherwise messed up like you and me and everyone else, their official teachings, such as encyclicals, are true. That we can count on.

    God bless you,

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