There are teachings of the Church which are so widely misunderstood as that on birth control. Many people think that Catholics are obliged to have the maximum number of children. Others imagine that the only form of birth control recognized by the Church is that of abstinence from conjugal relations.
The Marvelous Secret Of The Church
Why has the Catholic Church endured through the centuries? Such is the question which thoughtful non-Catholics ask. Perhaps no one has better answered the question than the noted English historian, Lord Macaulay.
Last Sunday afternoon as the whole congregation was seated waiting for the 3:30 p.m. Mass to start, a little child on his mother’s lap caught my attention. He looked so peaceful, sweet and serene. One can tell he loves to be with his parents. So long as his parents are close by, he has no fears. A life free from worry and care, and in a sense free from desire. What does a child do that God commend so highly? He loves to be with his parents. When they are about to leave him, he asks, “Take me with you?” So also we should love to be with God, to speak to Him, to think of Him, wherever we may be, whatever we may be doing. He never willingly leaves us, it is us who neglect Him, ignore Him, and drive Him away from us by mortal sin. A little child trusts his parents with unbounded confidence in their love and their power. When he wants a piece of bread, a glass of milk, he asks confident of getting it. So too, should we ask God with the utmost trust for our needs.