– We’re finally enrolled in RCIA (I think — I’ll believe it when I see it) and classes start in September, so we’re looking forward to that.
– For those of you who have suggested I get spiritual direction on the NFP/Coumadin issue, do you mean talking specifically to my priest or do deacons or others do that sort of thing? Our poor priest seems really overwhelmed and it’s pretty difficult to get on his calendar so I haven’t tried talking to him about any of this yet. But maybe there’s someone else at my parish I could speak with. I’ll see who runs the NFP and marriage classes over there.
– While pondering my birth control dilemma I had an interesting realization: I asked myself if I doubted the Church’s teachings about birth control on a theoretical, societal level. I immediately thought, “No way! Contraception is one of the worst things that’s ever happened to civilization. Duh.” So that was encouraging. I realized that my doubts on this issue aren’t as black and white as they appear since I agree with the Church wholeheartedly at a theoretical level. (Pope Paul VI’s predictions about what would happen if use of contraception became widespread are eerily accurate.)
– I set aside the book I was reading and got Christopher West’s Good News about Sex and Marriage. (I wish that the cover didn’t have SEX & MARRIAGE written in such large print on the cover — kind of embarrassing when I leave it sitting out in the living room). 🙂 While some of it is hard for me to grasp (e.g. sex as a symbol of Christ’s unity with the Church) I find it to be an excellent read overall. I found this excerpt to be particularly striking:
Sexual attitudes and behaviors have the power to orient not only individuals but entire nations and societies toward respect for life — or toward its utter disregard. To be sure, when lust is woven into the fabric of a society, that society can be nothing but a “culture of death”.
Thinking about this sort of thing reminds me, as I said above, that my doubts about contraception really aren’t as deep as they seem.
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