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No Life Without Purpose

Understanding that we were created with purpose and means for eternal happiness doesn’t always satisfy our confused intellect and disordered passions.  John Henry Cardinal Newman, (1801 – 1890), an American bishop, was one who shared in such dark moments of life.  He shares with us his prayer to God helping him to accept this struggle as part of life:

 

The Mission of My Life

God has created me to do Him some definite service.

He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.

I have my mission.

I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught.

I shall do good; I shall do His work.

I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,

while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him,

whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.

When I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him,

when in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him.

If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.

He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about.

He may take away my friends.

He may throw me among strangers.

He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink,

hide my future from me.

Still, He knows what He is about.

Amen.

 

No life lived for God and the building of His kingdom is lived without purpose.

 

The Vocation of Motherhood

On the subject of motherhood, the soon to be canonized, Pope John Paul II offered the following insight in his 1995 Encyclical entitled, Evangelium Vitae, section 99:

In transforming culture so that it supports life, women occupy a place, in thought and action, which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a “new feminism” which rejects the temptation of imitating models of “male domination”, in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society, and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation.

Making my own the words of the concluding message of the Second Vatican Council, I address to women this urgent appeal: “Reconcile people with life”.133 You are called to bear witness to the meaning of genuine love, of that gift of self and of that acceptance of others which are present in a special way in the relationship of husband and wife, but which ought also to be at the heart of every other interpersonal relationship. The experience of motherhood makes you acutely aware of the other person and, at the same time, confers on you a particular task: “Motherhood involves a special communion with the mystery of life, as it develops in the woman’s womb … This unique contact with the new human being developing within her gives rise to an attitude towards human beings not only towards her own child, but every human being, which profoundly marks the woman’s personality”.134 A mother welcomes and carries in herself another human being, enabling it to grow inside her, giving it room, respecting it in its otherness. Women first learn and then teach others that human relations are authentic if they are open to accepting the other person: a person who is recognized and loved because of the dignity which comes from being a person and not from other considerations, such as usefulness, strength, intelligence, beauty or health. This is the fundamental contribution which the Church and humanity expect from women. And it is the indispensable prerequisite for an authentic cultural change.

Vitamins and Mineral Depletion Associated with the Pill

Day 4 of Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for the Sins of Contraception

Vitamin and Mineral Depletion has been found to be a common problem for woman who rely on the Pill.  For the user of the Pill, there are increased needs for some vitamins and minerals while the Pill causes the body to have difficulty in processing and absorbing other vitamins and minerals.

Remember that the Pill is composed of hormones which effect the metabolism of the woman’s body.  In fact, these very hormones are tricking the body to behave as if it is pregnant where the body is operating in a manner to support a mother and a growing child.  The needs are different than that of a non-pregnant woman and the body behaves different even in processing and absorbing vitamins and minerals.  Further, the processing of the contraceptive Pill requires a different metabolism along with the added difficulty of the liver working to break-down these hormones which are synthetic, man-made, and are more difficult to break-down than the naturally formed hormones.

This also raises questions as to how much the vitamin and mineral depletion associated with contraceptive use is casuing the multitude of side-effects that are also associated with using the Pill.

Any woman who actually uses the Pill really needs to re-think their use of it.  It is also advisable that the woman who continues to use the Pill needs to discuss with a competent nutritionist of their needs to supplement their diet with depeleted vitamins and minerals.

An Overweight Problem With The Pill’s Effectiveness

In talking about the effectiveness of the contraceptive Pill, one ought to first take note that the experience of overweight woman are not included in the effectiveness rates because the Pill has been found to be less effective in preventing pregnancy anyway.  Studies have concluded that “that for women who use birth control pills (as compared to women of lower weight), those who are overweight are 60% more likely to get pregnant while those who are obese are 70% more likely to experience contraception failure.”

(see http://contraception.about.com/od/thepill/i/overweight_2.htm

 

As a result of the greater rate of pregnancy that overweight woman using the Pill experience, the researchers have excluded the overweight woman from the studies.  In truth, for the overweight woman, they do not disclose the odds of getting pregnant when using the Pill, they should know that their chances of becoming pregnant are higher.

Incidentally, it is common for the drug companies to list as a side effect of using the Pill to be the gaining of weight.

The Pill: The Effectiveness of a Deception

Lifestyle is what is promised with the Pill.  A life-long lifestyle where a woman is in control of her body, her reproductive sytem, her career, her life.  She is to be no longer subject to her body’s fertility.

A life-long control?  Actually, the Pill never has never provided the control it promises, rather it offers a gamble where, as in all matters of gambling, the gambler loses and the house always wins.  Why if what is promised is a life-long lifestyle, but when one looks at the effectiveness of the Pill – and all forms of birth control, but abstinence – it is less than 100% effective and also described as for “first year of use.”  What do they mean by first year of use?

In every instance of “reliance” on “birth control”, we find that a woman could get pregnant even using “birth control”.  The “birth control” fails and can from the first use  and in any one instance to the last reliance on it.  The assertion is that while using the Pill a woman only has an 8% chance of getting pregnant.  Aside from that being a very dubious number in many other manners, it is a number that greatly grows when reliance continues from one year to two years to three years and onward.  Similar to the toss of a coin, the coin may always have a 50% odds of coming up heads on each toss, experience has taught you that if you have come up head for the last 60 tosses, it is quite unlikely it will remain coming up heads for much longer.  The odds turn against you at some point.  This is known in statistics as the cumulative probability.  For this reason, you find that the likelihood of pregnancy grows from year to year, even with the so-called perfect use.

The following Table is courtesy of Human Life International and can be found at: http://www.hli.org/contraception/692?task=view

 


Probability of Pregnancy Over Time for Fertile
Women Who Use Various Methods of Birth
Regulation, Ranked by User Effectiveness

Probability of Pregnancy in;

Method

1
Year

2
Years

3
Years

4
Years

5
Years

10
Years

Male Sterilization

0.15%

0.3%

0.45%

0.6%

0.75%

1.5%

Female Sterilization

0.5%

1.0%

1.5%

2.0%

2.5%

5.0%

ParaGard IUD

0.8%

1.6%

2.4%

3.2%

3.9%

7.7%

Lunelle

3%

6%

14%

17%

19%

35%

Depo-Provera

3%

6%

14%

17%

19%

35%

NFP (STM)

2%

4%

6%

8%

10%

18%

Pill/Minipill

8%

15%

22%

28%

34%

57%

Evra Patch

8%

15%

22%

28%

34%

57%

Nuva Ring

8%

15%

22%

28%

34%

57%

Calendar Rhythm

9%

17%

25%

31%

38%

61%

Male Condom

15%

28%

39%

48%

56%

80%

Cervical Cap [A]

16%

29%

41%

50%

58%

83%

Sponge [A]

16%

29%

41%

50%

58%

83%

Diaphragm

16%

29%

41%

50%

58%

83%

Female Condom [B]

21%

38%

51%

61%

69%

91%

Withdrawal

27%

47%

61%

72%

79%

96%

Spermicides [C]

29%

50%

64%

75%

82%

97%

No Method Used

85%

98%

100%

100%

100%

100%

References[A] For women who have never given birth.

[B] The female condom “Reality” is known as   “Femy” in Spain and “Femidom” in the rest of the world.

[C] Spermicides include foams, creams, gels, vaginal   suppositories, and vaginal films.
Note:  Accumulated failure rates are calculated with the   formula 1-(1-f)**n, where f equals the failure rate and n   equals the number of years.

The life-long lifestyle of birth-control with the Pill could very well mean pregnancy with the first sexual act as it is always a possibility, but it has a cumulative possibility that actually makes it more likely that you will get pregnant than not if you intend to use the Pill over a period of ten years as the likelihood of pregnancy is risen from 8% to 57%.

“Birth Control” really should be known instead as the “Gamble Against Birth” because  it is a gamble.

Either way, Control or Gamble, whatever happened to the focus on love between two who have so much love for the other that it is only satisfied with children?