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I Will Die Childless Thanks To NFP

By Childless Woman In Her 40's

Summary: One couple loses their children due to use of NFP

Keywords: Natural Family Planning, NFP, 'Catholic Contraception', Primary Purpose of Marriage, Children, Grave Reason For NFP, 'Catholic Birth Control', Childless

When planning our wedding, we did what the Church told us to do. One of the things we had to do was attend NFP classes. They seem to be all the rage as a "legal" form of Catholic birth control. The promoters may not say so explicitly, but that's what they're getting at. For good measure, instructors will probably throw in how a couple can use NFP to conceive children in the "gender and month they want." But don't be fooled, NFP is primarily pushed as a "legal" form of birth control for Catholics.

To be honest, what they failed to mention to us in our marriage preparation seems inexcusable now...decades later. We got married without even knowing the primary purpose of marriage was to beget and educate children. How can this happen, getting married without knowing the primary purpose of being married? They also didn't tell us that the reasons for "avoiding" conception had to be sufficiently grave to make NFP not sinful...a situation that might make use of NFP licit for just a very few people, and certainly not the population at large. Again, how can this happen, sinning (objectively speaking) by the very fact that we adhered to what we were told in our marriage preparation courses? It defies comprehension. Although we now know both the primary purpose of marriage and also the necessity of a serious reason for using NFP to avoid conception, it is unfortunately too late for us. We've already NFP'd our children away.

At first we had a "good reason" (ha ha) to use NFP...we didn't have much money. (If that was an acceptable reason, who'd ever have children?) So we followed right along in our NFP book, dutifully doing what we were told and carefully avoiding the "dangerous" days... Wouldn't want to be burdened with the blessing of a child, heaven forbid! Before we knew it, years passed. When we finally decided we were "ready" for children, it was too late. Medical issues intervened. No children for us.

Don't you make this mistake. "Natural Family Planning" is NOT natural nor faithful. Trusting God is both natural and faithful. NFP is probably sinful in most cases (objectively speaking). Not using NFP would not be sinful. Don't deprive yourself or your spouse of those wonderful new lives that God wants to bless you with. God won't send you more than you can handle. Yes, you probably will have less money, but you won't care. You will be happier. You will also be more pleasing to God by trusting in Him. And isn't that what you really want, to be happy, and to be a good and faithful Catholic married couple?

Or you can be like us and use NFP and possibly die childless. Even if you don't die totally childless, you will likely die missing some of the precious children God wanted to send you. Do you really think that's a smart move? If you use NFP, you will be trading your precious children for what? A car? A fancy job title? What good will those be to you 20 years from now, much less after your death?

Reject NFP. Don't reject children - the flesh of your flesh - that you'll one day find to be more precious to you than your own life.

Signature ImageSignature: Childless Woman In Her 40's

Author's Note: This is a true story. Please pray for us. Thank you.


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