See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
130. If a married couple, with generous hearts and after genuine prayer and reflection, discern that it is not a season in life when God is calling them to have additional children, then from time to time, NFP will require them to abstain from sexual relations. Practicing NFP in this way, the spouses subordinate or offer their short-term sexual desires to their larger sense of God’s call upon their lives. This subordination of will and desire is one of the many ways in which NFP and contraception are so different from each other, both objectively and experientially. NFP is an intimate and demanding, and therefore potentially beautiful and deepening, path of following the Lord in marriage.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
Each day in CatholicPhilly.com’s World Meeting of Families section you can reflect on the official Catholic teaching on the family presented in the catechesis, pray a special prayer together as a family or individually, and stay on top of breaking news about the events coming Sept. 22-27, 2015.
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