Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Humanae Vitae

As a follow-up to yesterday's post, here are excerpts from Pope Paul VI's encyclical on the regulation of birth, Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), 1968. In particular, I have included the paragraph where the former Pope presents the "consequences of artificial methods" (contraception). Please go to the address at the bottom of this post for the full text.

7. The question of human procreation, like every other question which touches human life, involves more than the limited aspects specific to such disciplines as biology, psychology, demography or sociology. It is the whole man and the whole mission to which he is called that must be considered: both its natural, earthly aspects and its supernatural, eternal aspects. And since in the attempt to justify artificial methods of birth control many appeal to the demands of married love or of responsible parenthood, these two important realities of married life must be accurately defined and analyzed...

10... With regard to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised by those who prudently and generously decide to have more children, and by those who, for serious reasons and with due respect to moral precepts, decide not to have additional children for either a certain or an indefinite period of time...

16. If therefore there are well-grounded reasons for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife, or from external circumstances, the Church teaches that married people may then take advantage of the natural cycles immanent in the reproductive system and engage in marital intercourse only during those times that are infertile, thus controlling birth in a way which does not in the least offend the moral principles which We have just explained...

Consequences of Artificial Methods

17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection...

20. The teaching of the Church regarding the proper regulation of birth is a promulgation of the law of God Himself. And yet there is no doubt that to many it will appear not merely difficult but even impossible to observe. Now it is true that like all good things which are outstanding for their nobility and for the benefits which they confer on men, so this law demands from individual men and women, from families and from human society, a resolute purpose and great endurance. Indeed it cannot be observed unless God comes to their help with the grace by which the goodwill of men is sustained and strengthened. But to those who consider this matter diligently it will indeed be evident that this endurance enhances man's dignity and confers benefits on human society...


At Mon Oct 02, 08:03:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Well, it would appear that the good Lord is truly listening to and answering our prayers, as we have had a few interesting developments occur, which would appear to move us closer to initiating PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION at St. Martin's.

First, the results of our meeting with Monsignor Brennan: Three of us met with Monsignor on Wednesday the 20th. We had an ambitious agenda which included initiating the Parish survey of adoration, getting his approval to add another day of adoration on Sundays from noon to 10 PM, proposing and getting his approval for a Committee Sign Up Sunday (to add people to our committee), and asking that the priests preach on the Eucharist, in preparation for sign up Sunday; and to request reserved space in the bulletin.

We have a MEETING OF ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN HELPING with the many tasks related to setting up the third day of Adoration :
TIME: 7:30 PM.

Basically, Monsignor agreed to all our requests, although we didn't really firm up a date for the parish survey. Here are the details:

We will conduct a sign-up/re-signup for new and existing Eucharistic adorers the weekend of November 11/12. The purpose is to add adorers for Sunday, as well as to beef up the hours on Wednesdays and Thursday that lack adorers. We will also hold a committee sign-up that same weekend, to add members to our committees. We will stuff bulletin inserts explaining Adoration the weekend of October 28/29. The priests will preach about the Eucharist the weekend of November 4/5 and November 11/12 (sign-up Sunday). We did not select a date to initiate the new 3rd day of adoration yet. It will depend on our finishing all the work needed to launch the new day successfully.

Between now and sign-up weekend (Nov. 11/12) we have to:

1. Contact all hourly captains of the existing 2 days of adoration to obtain their commitment to continue in that capacity
2. Replace those hourly captains that can no longer fulfill their duties, with new ones.
3. Add 10 new captains for Sunday adoration.
4. Print new batches of Adoration sign-up forms in Spanish and English
5. Order 2,300 bulletin inserts in English and Spanish and stuff the bulletins prior to the October 28/29 weekend
6. Prepare a bulletin explanation of Adoration and what we are doing to increase it in the Parish
7. Arrange for 3 or 4 people to be present at every mass on signup weekend, to collect the sign up forms, man the committee sign up tables in the church basement and in the school cafeteria (after the Spanish masses), and possibly to be available to say a few words after each mass on what Adoration has meant in their life. (We need Monsignor's approval on this point and will advise.).

Then Monsignor surprised (floored?) us with an interesting proposal. He suggested that we might consider using the storage area on the Summit avenue side of the Food Pantry (now used for storage) as an adoration chapel. The space appears to be good size, has windows on one side, and did, at one time, contain a bathroom (which means that the sewage and water lines may still be accessible). As soon as we finishing launching the additional day of adoration - assuming that we can find the bodies to staff a facilities committee - we will finalize a plan to really look at the space, lay out the work needed to convert it to an Adoration Chapel, and start looking for construction volunteers and raise the money needed.

So prayer works, and love always triumphs in the end.

Can we count on you to get either involved or re-involved in this effort? We need help. We need more hourly captains; we need volunteers to man tables; we need people to make phone calls; we need people to help us stuff the bulletins; we need people willing to stand up in front of the church and tell why Eucharistic Adoration is important in their lives; we need prayer, lots of prayer, and more prayer.

Please contact me at ronmeyer07@starpower.net or at rmeyer@ptg-intl.com if you wish to help with the effort in any way. Contact Marion Strishock at marionstrishock1@verizon.net if you are interested in becoming an hourly captain on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays. She, Astra Plucis and I will be calling all members of the Eucharistic Adoration Committee on the above email list, to ask for your help. We are especially counting on the Women of Prayer and the Men of Emmaus, as well as other parish groups like the Knights of Columbus, the Caballeros de Colon (Spanish Knights Council), the Legion of Mary, Liturgical Ministers, CCD staff Young Adult and Youth Groups and others to really jump in to this labor of love for our Eucharistic Lord.

God Bless!!

Deacon Ron Meyer


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