The Church’s teaching on contraception is not just a doctrine that states what not to do. Many people would benefit from knowing that it is a doctrine that explains how extraordinarily important is the act of having children. One reason that modern culture has trouble understanding the truth of Humanae Vitae is that it fails to appreciate what a profound good children are. It is true that most parents love their children beyond belief and frequently even acknowledge that they are great gifts from God. Many parents will testify that when they held their baby for the first time, they experience a rush of love matched by little else. But they do not always realize that in having children they are “co-creators” with God.
This is not a term used by Humanae Vitae; it is a term used by John Paul II in his writing. Humanae Vitae does speak of the “extremely important mission of transmitting human life” that God has entrusted to spouses. A human life is of inestimable value; a human soul is destined to share a blissful eternity with God, the angels and saints. Only God can create a new human soul but he needs the help of human beings to bring forth a new person. When engaging in sexual intercourse spouses are inviting God to perform his creative act of bringing a new human soul into existence: they supply the sperm and egg; God provides the soul. He then entrusts that soul to the parents to guide and educate and ultimately to help get them to heaven. Continue reading
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National NFP Awareness Week
Dates: July 21 - July 27
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign scheduled to highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. For further information and resources, click here. Sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
It's that time again! We are beginning to plan for the Fall 2013 40 Days for Life-Dallas campaign beginning September 25 through November 3. If you are interested in learning about leadership opportunities or helping prepare for the upcoming campaign, join us for our weekly planning meetings. For more information, please visit prolifedallas.org/40days or contact Dallas campaign director Lauren Muzyka at or 972-365-4305.
"Celebrating HB2" Potluck Dinner – Wednesday night
Date: Wednesday, July 31
This Potluck Dinner hosted by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee / Pro-Life Dallas will celebrate the victory of the recent passage of the omnibus pro-life legislation HB2 in Texas. ALL who traveled from North Texas to Austin in support of HB2 are welcome to join in fellowship, to give thanks to God, and to share stories of our experiences in Austin. Please RSVP to or call 972-267-LIFE (5433) to let us know if you're coming. Please bring a dish to share -- and serving utensil. Beverages and paper goods will be provided. Please help spread the word to anyone you know who traveled from North Texas to Austin – by bus, carpooling, or on their own. Thanks!
Hispanic Congress of the Americas for Respect Life & Evangelization – August 16-18, Plano
Date: August 16-18
The Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth are organizing the Third Hispanic Congress of the Americas for Respect Life & Evangelization with the theme: “The Year of Faith: What must we do to do the work of God?” The Congress is designed to build important bridges between defenders of life in the United States and Spanish-speaking countries of our region. Congress speakers include Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, and Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, as well as experts on issues of life, family and bioethics. Opening and Closing Masses will be celebrated by Cardinal Séan O'Malley of Boston and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for youth, and religious and children under 12 are free. For more information and registration, visit congresohispano2013.org or contact 972-262-5137 x 23.
Back on his home continent Pope Francis, who refers to himself as the Bishop of Rome, quickly defined the importance of his first international journey and the World Youth Day.
In his address at the presidential palace, the Pope explained that “Young people are the window through which the future enters the world, thus presenting us with great challenges. Our generation will show that it can realize the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space; how to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; how to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives”. Continue reading
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