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Characteristic Marks and Demands… Part II cont

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 30, 2008

Conjugal Love:  Characteristic Marks of, and Demands of

Its Characteristics

This love is first of all fully human, that is to say, of the senses and of the spirit at the same time. It is [NOT], then, a simple transport of instinct and sentiment, but also, and principally, an act of the free will, intended to endure and to grow by means of the joys and sorrows of daily life, in such a way that husband and wife become one only heart and one only soul, and together attain their human perfection.(cf. Eph 5:26-27)

Then, this love is total, that is to say, it is a very special form of personal friendship, in which husband and wife generously share everything, without undue reservations or selfish calculations. Whoever truly loves his marriage partner loves not only for what he receives, but for the partner’s self, rejoicing that he can enrich his partner with the gift of himself. (1Cor 13:4-8a)

(Question: If you are cut off from one another by the use of contraception – something that prevents contact – how can you truly share everything? Also, by cutting yourself off from the other, are you not practicing selfish calculations because of your use of the other for your own pleasure?)

(FACT: Did you know the divorce rate doubled as a result of contraception becoming accepted an more readily available?  Stands to reason, if you can have sex without worrying about the “consequences”, then why worry about your spouse finding out?  Also, you stop sharing yourself with your spouse, why do you expect them to continue to trust you?)

Again, this love is faithful and exclusive until death. Thus in fact do bride and groom conceive it to be on the day when they freely and in full awareness assume the duty of the marriage bond. A fidelity, this, which can sometimes be difficult, but is always possible, always noble and meritorious, as no one can deny.

The example of so many married persons down through the centuries shows, not only that fidelity is according to the nature of marriage, but also that it is a source of profound and lasting happiness and finally, this love is fecund for it is not exhausted by the communion between husband and wife, but is destined to continue, raising up new lives.

“Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents.” (GS§50)

Now it’s time we DEBUNK the modern day notion of RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD.

Responsible Parenthood

10. Hence conjugal love requires in husband and wife an awareness of their mission of “responsible parenthood,” which today is rightly much insisted upon, and which also must be exactly understood. Consequently it is to be considered under different aspects which are legitimate and connected with one another. (1-4)

In relation to the 1) biological processes, responsible parenthood means the knowledge and respect of their functions; human intellect discovers in the power of giving life biological laws which are part of the human person. (Cf. St. Thomas, Summa Theologica, I-II, q. 94, art. 2)

In relation to the 2) tendencies of instinct or passion, responsible parenthood means that necessary dominion which reason and will must exercise over them. (Reminder: this is NOT Lust! See 2. 2) A change…)

In relation to 3) physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised, either by the deliberate and generous decision to raise a numerous family, or by the decision, made for grave motives and with due respect for the moral law, to avoid for the time being, or even for an indeterminate period, a new birth.

Responsible parenthood also and above all implies a more profound relationship to the 4) objective moral order established by God, of which a right conscience is the faithful interpreter.

The responsible exercise of parenthood implies:

…that husband and wife recognize fully their own duties:

a) towards God,
b) towards themselves,
c) towards the family
d) towards society

…in a correct hierarchy of values.

(Get it?  There IS a hierarchy of values that ALL human beings should embrace!  We SHOULD value God, ourselves, family, and then society – and IN THAT ORDER. For if we valued God and our relationship with Him, we would not be able to mortally hurt ourselves, and we certainly wouldn’t be able to mortally hurt those around us -cf Mt 22:36-40.   Strange how our modern society – the culture of death –  is EXACTLY the OPPOSITE. )

In the task of transmitting life, therefore,
they are not free to proceed completely at will,
as if they could determine in a wholly autonomous way
the honest path to follow;
but they must conform their activity to the creative intention of God,
expressed in the very nature of marriage and of its acts,
and manifested by the constant teaching of the Church.” (GS§50,51)

Tomorrow: The Marriage Act: What is it and why does it deserve our respect? (a key question for our society today, yes?)

Previous Posts:

All Life is Sacred
Why Humanae Vitae?
The Meat of Humanae Vitae

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All Human Life IS Sacred…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 27, 2008

In July of 1968, on the 25th day, Pope Paul VI released an encyclical on the dignity of Human Life in response to a commission that was established by Blssd JohnXIII in March of ’63. Regarding the question of the marital act and what is an acceptable means of Responsible Parenthood ; something that all of us are familiar with today…ironically called Planned Parenthood.

His encyclical addressed the questions pertaining to birth-control, its methods, its types, and its reasons for; as well as addressing the question of Killing the unborn child in the womb (aka Abortion), and the physical means of rendering a person (male and female) sterile – the types of and reasons for.

The audience is the World, believers and non believers alike; priests and laymen, bishops and patriarchs.  None was left out of the responsibility to give the answers these questions sought, and still today, seek to redefine the sacredness of human life beginning from the very moment of conception.

In the writings that follow, I will endeavor to travel through the document – not a very long document – pinpointing the issues, which guarantee to shed light on the issues concerning us at this very time in History; and which, I might add, are vital to the issues in this upcoming election.  No Catholic, no Christian, and quite frankly, no rational human being has any excuse for not reading the words of this timely and prophetic document, written 40 years ago, that so boldly warns us all of the consequences of our actions concerning our treatment of human life – all life – from conception to natural death,

So, as you read over the next several days, I ask each on of you to consider, if we had maintained a healthy respect for life in our society; if we were not trying to find newer ways to control and manipulate each other; if we truly believed Christ when He said, “The second is like it (greatest commandment), Love your neighbor as yourself ” (Mt 22:39); would we be in such a mess as we are currently facing?  Would 50.5 million babies have been brutally murdered by their own mothers?  Would we be on the verge of total and complete financial collapse (see Economic Collapse)?  In short, would we have turned so radically away from our Creator – more so than Adam and Eve – deciding He is made in OUR IMAGE, instead of the other way around?

“Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” ~Ps 46:10

Humanae Vitae: On Human Life (part I)

July 25, 1968

To the venerable Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops and other local ordinaries in peace and communion with the Apostolic See, to priests, the faithful and to all men of good will.

Venerable brothers and beloved sons:

The Transmission of Life

1. The most serious duty of transmitting human life, for which married persons are the free and responsible collaborators of God the Creator, has always been a source of great joys to them, even if sometimes accompanied by not a few difficulties and by distress.

At all times the fulfillment of this duty has posed grave problems to the conscience of married persons, but, with the recent evolution of society, changes have taken place that give rise to new questions which the Church could not ignore, having to do with a matter which so closely touches upon the life and happiness of men.

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In 1968: Vietnam takes center stage with communist forces attacking South Vietnamese cities and towns.  Students continue their protests of this governments involvement with Vietnam, the choice of napalm as a weapon in Vietnam – a burning agent.

Martin Luther King Jr is assassinated in Memphis, TN, causing rioting between law enforcement and demonstrators across the country for the next 8 months.

Robert “Bobby” Kennedy is assassinated not long after his announcement to run for president by an Arab gunman, Sirhan Sirhan.

In France, students and workers lead a revolt against the current government which results in a more “democratic style” of government – going from parliamentary to a single ruler. The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia.

The Space Race continues with America and Russia “neck-n-neck” until Apollo 8 orbits the moon.  Both countries and later France, conduct nuclear testing underground, while tensions between governments continues to increase.

The US Mint stops buying and selling gold.  A 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington D.C. by U.S. and 6 European nation.  Lyndon Baines Johnson signs a bill removing gold backing from U.S. paper money

Meanwhile: One half of all U.S. mothers of school-age children are now part of the growing workforce. 70% of these working women are working full-time; 80% of these work full-time because they need the money to pay for basic necessities like rent, bills, medical, and to have the ability to raise their children alone due to the absence of a husband. I guess you could say that “free love” wasn’t free after all?

*for research facts and dates of 1968 happenings click here, here, and here.

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I. New Aspects of the Problem and Competency of the Magisterium

New Formulation of the Problem

2. The changes which have taken place are in fact noteworthy and of varied kinds. In the first place, there is the rapid demographic development.

1) Fear is shown by many that world population is growing more rapidly than the available resources, with growing distress to many families and developing countries, so that the temptation for authorities to counter this danger with radical measures is great.

Moreover, working and lodging conditions, as well as increased exigencies both in the economic field and in that of education, often make the proper education of an elevated number of children difficult today.

2) A change is also seen both in the manner of considering the person of woman and her place in society, and in the value to be attributed to conjugal love in marriage, and also in the appreciation to be made of the meaning of conjugal acts in relation to that love.

3) Finally and above all, man has made stupendous progress in the domination and rational organization of the forces of nature, such that he tends to extend this domination to his own total being: to the body, to psychical life, to social life and even to the laws which regulate the transmission of life.

Tomorrow: On Human Life : Part 1b

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