plan is perfect and wonderful. God's design
permeates the very essence of life, of
love, of family. The anti-life forces
not only seek to destroy life in the womb
(and outside the womb), but seek to destroy
the fullness and abundance of life that
Jesus came to bring. The anti-life forces
are thus also anti-family, anti-Church
Holy Father, in affirming the mystery
of childbirth, touches on the attendant
design of God, and on what the world will
be deprived of by embracing the culture
* With contraception and abortion, would-be
parents will not experience the action
of the Creator, to in effect be partners
with God Himself in the mystery of conception
* With broken families, children coming
into the world will not be welcomed into
the warmth and wholeness of a family according
to God's intent.
* With a contraceptive mentality that
comes from selfishness, couples are deprived
of the blessing and joy of making sacrifices
for their children.
* With same-sex unions where children
are adopted, these children are deprived
of the love of a father and a mother.
* With dysfunctional families, children
have no sense of security as they grow.
* With valueless sex education, parents
are deprived of the right to educate their
children in a loving environment, and
children are deprived of the solid education
that comes from truly loving parents.
* With break-up of marriages, couples
no longer experience the blessings of
conjugal love, of sacrificial giving of
themselves to each other and to their
The enemy is aware that "every human
creature who enters into the world is
a 'sign' par excellence of the Creator
and Father in heaven." Thus Satan
does all he can to oppose God and His
plan for the life of the world.
Let us continue to oppose the works of
Satan. Let us celebrate the mystery of
childbirth. Let us work to renew the family
and to defend life, and thus attain to
the fullness and abundance of life as
intended by Jesus.
Affirms Mystery of Childbirth
Stresses Child's Need for Parental Love
CITY, JAN. 1, 2011 (Zenit.org).-
Benedict XVI is highlighting the
mystery of childbirth, in which parents
are offered a chance to experience the
action of their Creator.
The Pope stated this Dec. 26, the Feast
of the Holy Family, before praying the
midday Angelus with the pilgrims gathered
in St. Peter's Square.
reflected on the "profound mystery"
that surrounded the birth of Jesus.
birth of any child brings with it something
of this mystery," the Pontiff said.
affirmed that "human
beings experience procreation not merely
as reproductive act; they perceive its
richness; they are intuitively aware that
every human creature who enters into the
world is a 'sign' par excellence of the
Creator and Father in heaven."
Holy Father underlined the need
"for each child coming into the world
to be welcomed into the warmth of a family."
comforts are not important. Jesus was
born in a stable and his first cradle
was a manger, but the love of Mary and
Joseph made him feel the tenderness and
beauty of being loved."
is what children need: the love of a father
and mother," Benedict XVI
is what gives them a sense of security
and, as they grow, enables them to discover
the meaning of life."
Pontiff acknowledged that the Holy Family
went through many trials such as "the
massacre of the innocents, which forced
Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt."
trusting in Divine Providence, they found
their stability and ensured Jesus had
a serene infancy and a solid education,"
Holy Father entrusted "all families
to Mary and Joseph, that they may not
be discouraged in the face of trials and
difficulties but always cultivate conjugal
love and dedicate themselves faithfully
to the service
of life and education.
to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."