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Message From F A T H E R P A U L B

  1. 1. Message from FATHER PAUL B. MARX, OSB Founder and President Emeritus of the Human Life International To the delegates of the HLI Asia Pacific Congress, Cebu City, Philippines. People are always surprised when I tell them I practice birth control all the times! In fact, I have practiced it for 86 years with no failures! And now I would like to talk to you about natural family planning, God’s way of infertility control, built into the human reproductive system, the workings of which all people should know before getting married. We are all aware of the massive abuse of God’ gift of human sexuality. Also, if we are careful observers, we will note that contraception, all sinful birth control, does not make people happy. Sin never makes people comfortable or spiritually peaceful. That is one reason why I have practiced birth control for 86 years. My methods works! For the married natural family planning is God’s way of controlling fertility; if you understand the human reproductive system, you will know that God has made the human reproductive system rather infertile. Experts say that the human female, at most, is fertile about 20 hours per cycle, and often less. There are signs and symptoms of when that one lonely egg comes along and is present. Most of the time, by God’s grace and will, the human reproductive system is sterile, that is, there is no egg, and so the couple cannot get pregnant. In fact, through the years I have noted that a considerable number of couples cannot get pregnant because God allows them to be infertile; so they have a different vocation, perhaps by adapting children. I used to teach several classes each year at two universities on marriage preparations; of course, I always thought my college students where babies came from. To be in control of their fertility makes couples happy, and they know that they are following God’s will. If a surprise pregnancy should come along for whatever reason, they accept it gratefully because God above all wanted them to have a particular baby. I have traveled for more than 740 countries of the world to fight abortion and contraception, to teach natural family planning and to prepare couples for a healthy, happy, holy marriage. In fact, I would say the happiest couples that I knows are those who obey the law of God of this matter. I the contraception and sterilization give couples joy and peace of mind, why are there many divorces? Let me repeat, the happiest couple I know are those who obey the church, know their God-given human
  2. 2. reproductive system and who are abstain out of love when another birth is not feasible at a particular time. These couple knows that only God really knows how many children each couple destined to have. We are living in a time when there have never more separations and divorces; I dare say that never has there been more unhappiness of unmarried life; and of course the chaos and confusion of children who never have a loving, self- sacrificing set of parents, than which there is hardly a greater blessing in this life Religious vocations are in short supply in today’s world. We know that a religious and priestly vocation generally comes from larger, faith-filled families with unselfish, sacrificing parents. I was number 13 in 14 children; number 15 in 17 pregnancies. Among the living children there were 11 girls 3 boys; there were 4 religious vocations, 2 priests and 2 nuns. Ask why I became a priest, I jokingly tell people that I had 11 sisters and they are the cause of my brother and me becoming priest! Let me emphasize that contraception and sterilization are not the solution of the so-called birth control problem. Contraception and sterilization have only brought us the dying nations ( 60 so far ), ever fewer religious and priestly vocations, ever more divorce, confused fornicating youth, massive venereal disease, dangerously low birthrates with the dying nation, etc. God made the human body, the marital relationship, and gave us the way to control our fertility. Either we follow it lovingly or we create for ourselves lots of problems - and problems for our children, who need to good example, that is self-sacrificing and truly loving parents. So, what must we do in this world of unhappy parents, shaky families, fornicating youth, massive venereal disease, etc.? The first thing is to learn our faith thoroughly and to practice it. We must learn NFP before we get married. As I have said for many years all over the world, no one should get married who does not know how God made the unique human reproductive system. Making sure their children know about NFP, and to prepare them before marriage for that God-given vocation seems to be one of the greatest obligation of parenthood today. As it is. Most married couples go into married life not understanding true, human and marital love, and the means of legitimate birth control, etc. It is essentially necessary that the young, preferably from the parents and their teachers, learn how God made the human reproductive system. It continues to amaze how many people get married who do not really know where babies come from, not ready for that before marriage or even with marriage. As a priest, having traveled around the world in many countries, I can tell you that the happiest couples I have met and know are those who are in loving control of their God-given fertility. God made the human reproductive system comparatively
  3. 3. sterile. He wants the couple to enjoy their sexual communication. And foolish is the couple who does not know this, and who therefore does not live by God’s plan, which can make them truly happy and responsible in married life. Look around and you will see the enormous unhappiness of those who do not let God help them to control their fertility! Today we are terribly short of priest and religious women and men. This can only be remedied by generous and holy parents. It has been very much evident in history that those who has a generous number of children, the number they can afford, are the happiest, have that peace of mind that only God can give. We are living in evil tines. But all of is can say with Pope Pius XI, “I thank God for every day to allow me to live in these trying times in which I can do so much for the Lord and his Church.” May God bless you All!