** This is Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness week. In its honor, we are rounding up posts previously published here over the last five years and highlighting one each day. **
A few years ago I was with a large group of people, all Catholic but of various life stages and ages, and as we chatted about this and that, I threw out the term “NFP.” A friend in her forties asked, “What’s NFP?” At first I was taken aback by her lack of awareness, but upon reflection, I’m not surprised she had never been introduced to the concepts of natural family planning. In spite of the criticism that the Catholic Church is fixated on sex, the Church hasn’t really talked all that much about it for several decades. Or at least the three I’ve been hanging around.
Events such as Natural Family Planning Awareness Week might seem like simply lip service to some. But given the experience with my forty-something friend, I’m glad the Church is, at some level, talking about sexuality. Lip service is actually a good place to start — it’s better than no service at all.
I’ll share a different post each day by linking to it below. It’s my attempt to keep this neatly packaged on one landing page. If you are an email subscriber, you will receive only one notification on this series, so just remember to come back if you wish to read all posts. (Now if you aren’t a subscriber, what are you waiting for? Head over here to subscribe.)