Respect Life Month – Day Twenty

St Maria Goretti“Education in love as self-giving is also the indispensable premise for parents called to give their children a clear and delicate sex education. Faced with a culture that largely reduces human sexuality to the level of something common place, since it interprets and lives it in a reductive and impoverished way by linking it solely with the body and with selfish pleasure, the educational service of parents must aim firmly at a training in the area of sex that is truly and fully personal: for sexuality is an enrichment of the whole person-body, emotions and soul-and it manifests its inmost meaning in leading the person to the gift of self in love.

Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centers chosen and controlled by them. In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.

In this context education for chastity is absolutely essential, for it is a virtue that develops a person’s authentic maturity and makes him or her capable of respecting and fostering the “nuptial meaning” of the body. Indeed Christian parents, discerning the signs of God’s call, will devote special attention and care to education in virginity or celibacy as the supreme form of that self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality.”  (John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, #37)

  • Oppose Family Planning type sex education in your children’s pre-schools, primary schools and high schools, and suggest chastity based programmes for your child’s high school.  (Younger children do not need any form of sex education in the classroom).

A Prayer for Chastity

Jesus, Lover of chastity,  Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me.  I earnestly wish to be pure in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy purity.  Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty which will be reflected in my external conduct.  Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christ like purity.  And when the “Bread of Angels” becomes the “Bread of me” in my heart at Holy Communion, seal it forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures.

Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us.

Courageous Parenthood

It is always encouraging to hear stories of modern people who have managed to live their faith courageously.  This week I read of one such woman – a mother who had followed in the steps of St Gianna Molla – postponing treatment for a tumor on her tongue in order that her pre-born child may have life.

Chiara Petrillo (28) and her husband Enrico are shining examples of what it means to be open to life.  Their first child, Maria, was diagnosed in-utero with anencephaly – a condition which meant the baby would have little or no brain.  Their cherished little girl was born full term (despite advise to the contrary) and Maria lived for 30 minutes after birth.

Their second child, David, was diagnosed in-utero with having no legs.  Later in the pregnancy it was discovered that he had conditions that meant he would not live.  Chiara and Enrico chose life once again for their little boy, baptising him immediately after birth.  He died soon after.

Finally, Chiara and Enrico conceived Francesco, a healthy wee boy.  But this pregnancy was to be marred by the discovery that Chiara had a lesion on her tongue.  The couple decided that they would give life to their little boy and postpone treatment until after he was born.  Francesco was born on May 30, 2011.

A year later, Chiara succumbed to the cancer that had ravaged her.

I was struck with awe reading this story.  Not only did Chiara and Enrico have to suffer the loss of their first two precious children, they had to choose whether to postpone treatment which would have possibly saved Chiara’s life.  This young courageous couple chose to choose life at every turn of their short married life.

They chose life even when it meant great suffering.

They chose to be courageous parents.

They understood that their parenthood began right at the first moment of conception, when their little ones were “being formed in secret”.

They understood that a parent loves, protects and nurtures their child right from the beginning.

Chiara and Enrico, courageous parents, faithful Christians, true witnesses to the Gospel of Life.

Let us see how we can be courageous too.

Pro-Life Month – Day Twenty

“Education in love as self-giving is also the indispensable premise for parents called to give their children a clear and delicate sex education. Faced with a culture that largely reduces human sexuality to the level of something common place, since it interprets and lives it in a reductive and impoverished way by linking it solely with the body and with selfish pleasure, the educational service of parents must aim firmly at a training in the area of sex that is truly and fully personal: for sexuality is an enrichment of the whole person-body, emotions and soul-and it manifests its inmost meaning in leading the person to the gift of self in love.

Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centers chosen and controlled by them. In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.

In this context education for chastity is absolutely essential, for it is a virtue that develops a person’s authentic maturity and makes him or her capable of respecting and fostering the “nuptial meaning” of the body. Indeed Christian parents, discerning the signs of God’s call, will devote special attention and care to education in virginity or celibacy as the supreme form of that self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality.”  (John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, #37)

  • Oppose Family Planning type sex education in your children’s pre-schools, primary schools and high schools, and suggest chastity based programmes for your child’s high school.  (Younger children do not need any form of sex education in the classroom).

A Prayer for Chastity

Jesus, Lover of chastity,  Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me.  I earnestly wish to be pute in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy purity.  Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty which will be reflected in my external conduct.  Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christ like purity.  And when the “Bread of Angels” becomes the “Bread of me” in my heart at Holy Communion, seal it forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures.

Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us.