07 July 2012

it really is about contraception

I've said this before, and I'm saying it again.  We need to seize the opportunity given by the HHS mandate to shout from the housetops the Church's teaching about human sexuality.  We want the best sex.  Sex that does not cost is just that: cheap.  Yes, yes, religious freedom is at stake.  But at the end of the day is all we want the freedom to go back to being bad Catholics who live cheap and easy lives?

This is about souls!  Souls of husbands and wives.  Souls of children.  Souls of priests.  We cannot be silent, and it will cost us to speak out.  Everything good costs.  I have had a number of conversations in the past week with sincere young Catholics who want to live their faith in the world.  I want them to.  Of course, discern your vocation to celibacy (see my post here), and if you find it, look for how you are to spend yourself in the Church and its apostolates embracing celibate chastity.  But if you are called to marriage (and you probably are), embrace marital chastity and get to work making the world fit for your family!

Don't worry about the darkness.  We spend way too much time worried about the darkness.  It enthralls us.  Turn to the light.  Hold up the light.  It will be a struggle to be joyful raising a family and fighting the good fight!  Those of us living celibate chastity need to be joyful too.  We are all struggling together.

There is a big lie that we have to put to rest: that there can be joy without struggle.  We have to make struggle look so fun that everyone wants to join in the the struggle for holiness.  Because it is so fun to find meaning and purpose in the Cross of Jesus Christ.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are right. There is joy in seeking to live the faith in the world through family life according to the teachings of the Church but so many within the Church who are catechists and teachers don't seem to understand the importance of grace, of Mary's role in the Church as a model of discipleship and the importance of frequent reception of the Eucharist and Reconciliation in living out holiness of life within the family. The teachers weren't taught as they should have been. That is why your efforts to promote holy marriages is so important.