Day 1 (Wed 8 Dec 10) – Contraception


On the topic of the use of contraceptives in the marital relationship, the Catholic Church stands firm in its teaching that it is intrinsically evil and not allowed.

CCC 2370 Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality.157 These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:1

Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality. . . . The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.2

Once we separate the procreative aspects from the unitive aspect of conjugal love, many variations of violation of God’s divine plan can happen. These acts manifest as an offense against chastity and against the dignity of marriage. In the past, this teaching seemed like an impossible to live out rule from the Catholic Church but in recent days, through the writings of Pope John Paul II in Theology of the Body, a better understanding of God’s divine plan is available. A refreshing look at marriage as a foreshadowing the ultimate union in heaven provides even greater motivation to stay clear of contraceptives and the contraceptive mentality.

The Church’s alternative to contraceptives is Natural Family Planning, although it can only be used when the couple has a grave reason to do so.

1: HV 14
2: FC 32
3: EX 20:14; Deut 5:18.

he Glorious Mysteries Glorious Mystery – The Resurrection of Jesus
Christ’s glorious triumph when, on the third day after His death, He arose from the tomb and for forty days appeared to His Blessed Mother and to His disciples. – John 20:1

Prolife Intention: We pray that we may have the strength and desire to be chaste in our relationships and to practice the use of Natural Family Planning where needed. Glorious Mystery – The Ascension of Jesus
The Ascension of Jesus Christ, forty days after His glorious Resurrection, in the presence of Mary and His disciples. – Luke 24:36

Prolife Intention: We pray that we continue to bring truth of the Gospel to others and fight the lie of the contraceptive mentality where sexual pleasure is sought but babies unwanted. Glorious Mystery – The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
The descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles, under the form of tongues of fire, in fulfillment of Christ’s promise. – Acts 2:1

Prolife Intention: We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will continue to grow in our relationships with the people around us, being ever pure in mind and heart. Glorious Mystery – The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
The glorious Assumption of Mary into Heaven, when she was united with her Divine Son.

Prolife Intention: We pray for those who may be suffering from sexual addiction, that with the grace of God, they may be able to overcome their bondage and be free. Glorious Mystery – The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
The glorious crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven by her Divine Son, to the great joy of all the Saints.

Prolife Intention: We pray that with Mary as our Mother and Queen, we will preserve in our life journey and in fulfilling God’s plan for you.