Spirit & Life Blog

Pope St. John Paul II’s Dream

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 23, 2018 /
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In 1996 Pope St. John Paul II, speaking to a group of teachers of Natural Family Planning (NFP), boldly declared: “The moment has come for every parish and every structure of consultation and assistance to the family and to the defense of life to have personnel available who can teach married couples how to use…

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The Challenges of Natural Family Planning Lead to Virtue

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 16, 2018 /

“[U]sing the natural [family planning] methods requires and strengthens the harmony of the married couple, it helps and confirms the rediscovery of the marvelous gift of parenthood, it involves respect for nature and demands the responsibility of the individuals. According to many authoritative opinions, they also foster more completely that human ecology which is the…

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The Fourth Prophecy of Humanae Vitae: When Self-Mastery is Rejected

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 2, 2018 /
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Birth Control is a name given to a succession of different expedients by which it is possible to filch the pleasure belonging to a natural process while violently and unnaturally thwarting the process itself. — G.K. Chesterton   “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if…

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The Third Prophecy of Humanae Vitae: The Collapse of Respectful Relationships

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 25, 2018 /
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Ruining Respectful Relationships Between the Sexes  “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church… Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the Church… This is a great…

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The Second Prophecy of Humanae Vitae: A “General Lowering of Moral Standards”

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 18, 2018 /
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“Contraception Leads to Falsification, Deception…” Released in 1968, at the height of the hippie revolution with its optimistic doctrines of “free love” and emancipation from tradition and authority, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae was widely dismissed as the proverbial killjoy at the greatest party the world had yet seen: the sexual revolution. St. Paul…

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Humanae Vitae’s First Prophecy and the Beauty of Marriage

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 11, 2018 /
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Pope Paul VI Re-Affirms Church Teaching on Inherent Dignity of Marriage  “False teachers, many belonging to an intellectual elite in the worlds of science, culture and the media, present an anti-gospel…When you ask them, “What must I do?” their only certainty is that there is no definite truth, no sure path….Consciously or not, they advocate an…

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St. John Paul II’s Prophecy for Ireland’s Future

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 4, 2018 /

“You will decide what Ireland will be.’” ~ Pope St. John Paul II In 1979, Pope John Paul II gazed out over a sea of some 300,000 youth at a Mass for the Youth in Galway, Ireland. “When I look at you,” he said, “I see the Ireland of the future. Tomorrow, you will be the…

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China’s Disastrous One Child Policy Wants You to Think it Changed – It Didn’t

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / April 30, 2018 /

Population Control Presages Catastrophic Consequences  “[C]areful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same…

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Sex Education Is Violently Assaulting Children’s Innocence

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / April 16, 2018 /
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A cartoon shows a man, wearing nothing but a long trench coat. He is standing in front of two children who stare, horrified, as he opens his coat, exposing himself to them. On the back of his coat is written: “Planned Parenthood school-based sex education program.” “It’s ok,” the man is quoted as saying, “I’m…

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Back from Africa – Zimbabwe’s Contraception at its Worst

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / April 2, 2018 /
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“Large poor families have simply become small poor families.” In all my mission trips I have never encountered such an entrenched contraceptive mindset as in Zimbabwe. The quotes below are a sampling from nursing students at one of the government accredited Catholic nursing schools. The government has for decades, through its ministries of Health and…

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