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.
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.