February is the month of love. It is no coincidence that some of our favorite photographers have been sharing on social media a super funny meme that says,
“Happy Valentine’s Day. . .Call me in November if you need newborn pictures.”
We loved the interesting divergence this little business boosting meme was from what we are usually told by our culture. The norm is an overwhelming effort to separate intimacy from fertility. We are inundated with birth control commercials showing young happy women unhindered by the considerations of their fertility. Our films, music, and reading materials so often communicate a false reality that glorifies sex and sexuality apart from the very real scenario: sex and babies are integrally connected.
It was refreshing—even as a joke—to see an honest appraisal of the effects of our fertility. As Catholic women, we must encounter this reality often on a daily basis!
Our fertility is a gift. When we suffer a lack of fertility, it is a true cross.
Our Church’s teaching on fecundity and how we are to steward our gifts and carry our crosses is one of the most formative in the Christian life. There is no shortage of criticism for our Church on this matter. And, those of us trying to live it fully are often met and tempted by what the world offers.
So, we have decided to bring to you a series for the rest of this month on the topic of fertility and family. Our Bellator Contributors have something very special in store with this series. We have an array of perspectives regarding how each of us has endeavored to cooperate with the Creator in coming to know and follow His will for our own fertility, family, and life.
From infertility to Natural Family Planning and beyond, this series is offered to inspire and prompt you to join us in our mission to celebrate the goodness and consider the crosses that a life in Christ demands. And, if you have any questions about the Catholic Church’s teaching on fertility and family planning, please drop us a line.
Enjoy the series. . .Please comment, spread the good–share and like wherever you do your Catholic clicks!
Love, Fran & Tracy
“Fecundity is a gift, an end of marriage, for conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2366