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13 March 2009

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SteveG

I think this is a great post, and it sets me to reflecting on my own struggle in this area.

For a long time, I've been in the camp of not being fully intellectually convinced, and obeying simply because I trust the Church as my teacher and mother.

The wonderful thing is, even though I think this has made it more difficult to stay with the teaching at times, the longer we fight the fight, the more convinced I become in my heart.

The fruits of doing it 'God's way' are, to me, undeniable over time.

I used to mentally scoff at folks who sold NFP for it's relationship benefits. I thought, how can that be when this always feels like such a burden to me...to us.

But, even though sometimes the temptation to give up was stronger than I'd like to admit, and even though sometimes we hung on by the very tips of our fingers, ultimately the truth of the teaching has eventually come through.

It's true that if you work with grace as a couple, this challenging teaching can indeed help build your relationship and open lines of communication, and fulfill all the other promises we were told.

I still have intellectual problems with the teaching that surface at times, but my heart is now fully convinced.

That is the gift that I am thankful for. That, and the gift of having hung on, even if only by a thread at times.

The thing that always saved me (I mean that very literally) were the words of Peter in John 6.

When I felt at the point of despair, I could almost hear God asking me if I too would leave Him. Out of my heart would well up the words...

'Lord, to whom shall [I] go? You have the words of eternal life, and [I] have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

...Thank God for St. Peter as well.

bearing

Thanks for a great reflection, Steve. I too hear those words of Peter echoing in my head sometimes... what a gift they are. Don't forget the context... maybe all of Christendom will take heed someday.

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