Family size and NFP…

My post about couples’ struggling with infertility was about not judging people based on few and far-between children. But what about people who can’t have more children for other reasons–financial, psychological, emotional, physical. That’s for each couple to discern.

Simcha Fisher defends it on her blog and in her new book, The Sinner’s Guide to NFP (of which I still need a copy of my own!). Simcha says “generosity sometimes looks different from having another baby.” Enjoy this exchange and her Biblical reference at the end: Holiness is a numbers game.



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Pro-life? How much do you care?

Everyone has heard, been nominated for, or done the ALS ice-bucket challenge by now. Many Catholics have also been made aware and helped raise awareness of ethical research groups that do not use embryonic stem cells. Catholics feel very strongly about NOT supporting research involving embryonic stem cells. Some people go further and feel as Fr. Faulkner does in refusing the ice-bucket challenge.

It’s been awhile since I wrote my viral post, “Things you don’t say to couples with few or no kids,” so maybe it’s time for another post that will either hit home or hit controversy…

This post isn’t about the ice-bucket challenge.

I have another question!

Why aren’t more Catholics raising awareness and questioning the use of human fetal cell lines in vaccines?!!

Catholics should raise awareness and complaints about the use of aborted babies in developing vaccines.

Catholics should raise awareness and complaints about the use of aborted babies in developing vaccines.

Regardless of your stance on vaccines for other reasons, whether for or against, nothing should justify the destruction or support of the destruction of innocent human lives. Right?

Sadly, even many Catholic diocese schools and doctors’ offices promote and require vaccines that use embryos. This must be changed!

Let me be clear: Vaccines do not contain aborted humans. BUT, specific vaccines are made using fetal cell lines developed from aborted babies. We are supporting the culture of death when we use these vaccines. To learn about which vaccines you should avoid, this article from Right to Life of Michigan is very helpful.

I’ve heard the arguments that “we’re not actually supporting the use of embryos since we are far removed from that part of the process” and “that it’s just a line of cells developed decades ago from an aborted baby way back then.”

Nope! I don’t think that justifies it.

Please, spread the word about the use of human lives in the making of vaccines and complain to your doctor, to your pharmacy, and to the pharmaceutical companies. We, the consumers, can make a difference!

Best of all, this plea does not come just from me. The Vatican has issued an official statement regarding vaccines that use aborted fetal cell lines:

“Therefore, doctors and fathers of families have a duty to take recourse to alternative vaccines (if they exist), putting pressure on the political authorities and health systems so that other vaccines without moral problems become available. They should take recourse, if necessary, to the use of conscientious objection with regard to the use of vaccines produced by means of cell lines of aborted human foetal origin. Equally, they should oppose by all means (in writing, through the various associations, mass media, etc.) the vaccines which do not yet have morally acceptable alternatives, creating pressure so that alternative vaccines are prepared, which are not connected with the abortion of a human foetus, and requesting rigorous legal control of the pharmaceutical industry producers.”

Another statement comes from the document Regarding the Instruction: Dignitas Personae:

“…everyone has the duty to make known their disagreement and to ask that their healthcare system make other types of vaccines available.”


Personal Litany: St. Raphael

The first saint in my own personal litany of friends in Heaven is St. Therese. She has been my friend and patroness since I was a very little girl.

It was in college that I grew close to the Archangel, St. Raphael. Of course, I knew his story from the Book of Tobit. He came disguised as a guide and led young Tobias on a journey for his father. Besides helping Tobias to collect money, Raphael also directed him to land a fish that they brought home and used (in a miracle!) to heal Tobit’s eyesight. But that’s not all that Raphael did for Tobias, he also led him on a journey to Ecbatana, the home of Sara–the spouse that God intended for Tobias.

St. Raphael leads Tobias on a journey to his vocation!

St. Raphael leads Tobias on a journey to his vocation!

As I discerned and waited for my own vocation and spouse to become clear to me, I placed myself under St. Raphael’s guidance as well. My motto became “Ambulo Ecbatanis,” “I journey to Ecbatana.” Ecbatana was the town where Sara lived and where Tobias and Sara were wed.

St. Raphael had instructions for Tobias as he entered into marriage:

“The fiend has power over such as go about their marrying with all thought of God shut out of their hearts and minds, wholly intent on their lust, as if they were horse or mule, brutes without reason. Not such be thy mating, when thou hast won thy bride.” (Tobit 6:17-18)

St. Raphael certainly guided me. When we prayed the prayer of Tobit and Sara on our wedding night, we too put our marriage firmly in God’s hands. My husband and I continue to seek St. Raphael’s protection and guidance on us and upon our children and their journeys in life.

St. Raphael, pray for us!