If a Catholic person who accepts all of the teachings of the Church is discerning the use of NFP, I would imagine they would be open and receptive not only to Church teaching, but Logic and Reason, and God’s providence, to come to a sounder decision and to make peace with that decision. It’s with this assumption I make these points, from a position of reason.
A Look at Some Scenarios
As I mentioned just above, I presume that a fellow Catholic, who loves the Church, is ready and willing to accept all aspects of official Church teaching....
In a world that’s inundated with natural evils, it’s no wonder why so many people rely on the providence of God. Without it, it would be hard to reconcile sickness, famine, violence, natural disasters, and any other hard fact of life. Even when it comes to tough questions, like deciding whether to take a different job, or discerning how many children God intends for us to have, God’s divine providence can reassure us in our decisions and reminds us that we are not in control.
When faced with a serious moral decision, people make that decision based on several things. First, they must educate themselves on the situation at hand; second, they need to be able to read their conscience; and third, they need to consult their faith. One of the greatest gifts that God gives us is the ability to develop a well-informed conscience that can help to guide us through our more serious moral dilemmas. It is possible, however, to have an underdeveloped conscience that can be detrimental to the spiritual life.
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Among the travesties and evils of the world, few seem to mount in importance for me quite like pornography does. Although I try to make a point to combat evil on all fronts, pornography and masturbation have been significant for me because of the very personal impact they’ve had on my own life.
I was first exposed to pornography at a young age, maybe 9 or...