- Jun 14, 2021
Actively living out their Catholic faith as individuals and a couple — following the church’s teachings on natural family planning in particular — has sometimes been challenging for Nick and Emily Frase.
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is slated for July 19-25 this year and has as its theme: “Live the truth and beauty of God’s plan for married love!”
In a pastoral letter marking the 50th anniversary of ‘Humane Vitae,’ Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver says the text was “prophetic” in the way it “defended the integrity of married love.”
Recent studies have shown that more and more women are ditching the pill and opting for fertility awareness methods as a natural way to avoid or delay pregnancy. “All women – Protestant, Catholic, Atheists, and nones – can appreciate this hormone free (and conscience free) alternative to chemical contraception,” Christian advocates say.
Catholic feminist Anna Keating says that beginning to see one’s fertility and biology, not as an enemy to be eradicated, but as an indicator of health to be understood, is a huge shift. Fertility Awareness gets people to think of themselves as fundamentally relational, and allows them to start thinking about what they want those relationships to look like.
An app, called Natural Cycles, founded in Switzerland by Elina Berglund and her husband Raoul Scherwizl plans to go “beyond contraception,” and to allow women to “get to know your body and unique cycles.” After a long wait for approval, now over 160 countries around the world have access to the App.
Alice Heinzen received a letter from the Vatican earlier this summer thanking her for accepting Pope Francis’ invitation to attend October’s Synod on the Family. Heinzen, who has worked for 17 years for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisc., currently promoting Natural Family Planning, said she was taken by surprise.