Monday, November 9, 2015

Deacon Jim Russell Asks A Provocative Question

We continue our coverage as the "TMZ of Catholic Media," this time bringing you the low-down on what Deacon Jim Russell said about Natural Family Planning today over at Catholic Vote.

In his latest article, he talks about the Catholic Blogosphere's tendency to blab about how hard it can be to live a life of NFP (guilty as charged). 

But what if NFP didn't exist?

You can get the exclusive article from Deacon Jim Russell over at Catholic Vote by clicking here.

I think the good Deacon provides us a with an opportunity to sit back and think about our lives with NFP, either for the purpose of postponing or achieving pregnancy.

He's right, it wasn't too long ago that Catholics lived in an era without Natural Family Planning.

If we think living a life of NFP is difficult, we should take a moment to sit back and think about how difficult it would have been to be faithful to the Church's teaching back in the day. And even more important, we should take a moment to sit back and think about our views on kids and growing families in light of living a life of NFP.

What do you think about Deacon Jim's article?

1 comment:

  1. I like the article and think he makes many good points. I think one of the main differences between families say around when my grandparents were raising kids (1940s/1950s) and today is that families don't necessarily live close together any longer. My grandparents lived in the same town they had grown up in, they walked everywhere or there was a bus conveniently available if they needed it. My great-grandparents owned a mom and pop store right next to the house and all my grandmother's siblings and other extended family all lived in the same area. Children were welcomed into not just an immediate family, but also into a whole support structure of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents all living within blocks of each other, and the neighborhood parish was two blocks down the road. For many families today, we have no such support structure. I live almost 400 miles from my closest family and we live about 80 miles (roughly an hour or so) from my husband's closest family. We really only have each other. Friends are great, and we do have plenty of those, but it's not the same as family just around the corner or up the street or whatever. I think that makes a big difference when families pray about whether they can accept another child into their family or not. I think, in some ways, it may have been easier back in the day when families lived close. I'm sure there were other challenges, but having that built in support structure is something that families definitely lack these days. I wonder if that would make a difference in how likely people would be to delay/avoid further pregnancies? Something to think about.