We live in some interesting times. Our culture is one that has pushed its love of the human body to an extreme obsession with sexuality and beauty. The sacred marriage act has become trivialized, casual-ized and often twisted so that now sexual sin encompasses pornography and porn addiction, sex trafficking, and committing abortions for the resulting unwanted children.
Artificial Birth Control use for family planning, as it is being debated currently between the Catholic Church and Washington, is also part of that equation. Albeit it is such a minor part of a much larger issue: a heart issue regarding how humanity sees sexuality and our bodies.
In honor of this debate, I have decided to be inspired by this issue; not necessarily to stand up on my soap box, but to learn from the discourse. I am myself a newly married woman who has always admired women who have chosen to avoid chemical birth control methods and learn listen to their bodies and celebrate that God made something wonderful in us, if only we should listen. I am a bit frustrated with myself for not learning Natural Family Planning sooner, but I intend to learn. And what a perfect time, in the middle of this debate! To start, I want to learn what the church teaches us about our bodies, starting by reading JP2's Theology of the Body. Feel free to join me on this journey, and provide your thoughts! Heck, while I go in search of a class in my area, what books on Natural Family Planning would you recommend?
In the meantime, I leave you with this. Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti has made the decision to keep her body for her husband, thus stepping down from Victoria's Secret. I have to admit, I'm a little bit inspired by her show of the conviction of her faith and her example. It would be a good thing if more women chose to think this way, rather than showcasing so much of their flesh.