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Natural Family Planning

To the editor:

The Catholic Church has marked July 25-31, 2021, as Natural Family Planning Awareness week. This coincides with the anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical letter written by St. Pope Paul VI and released back in 1968, on July 25th. This is a beautiful teaching and explains God’s plan for marriage. It is not too long to read, only about 14 pages: Humanae Vitae (July 25, 1968) | Paul VI (vatican.va).

Many of the prophecies of the encyclical have come true. And people of science have answered St. Pope Paul VI’s request: “that medical science should by the study of natural rhythms succeed in determining a sufficiently secure basis for the chaste limitation of offspring.”

Once such very scientific and well study method is the Creighton Model of Natural Family Planning that helps couples avoid pregnancy at a rate of 99.5% and also helps couples achieve pregnancy. More information on this method can be found at: Welcome to the International Home of FertilityCare and NaProTechnology! | (popepaulvi.com).

Finally, this is a difficult topic to preach on but a very recent and informative homily was given by Father Josh Waltz: Lying Shepherds | Fr. Josh Waltz | Bismarck, ND (frwaltz.com). Please take time to educate yourself on this topic to help enhance your marriage and family life. God bless,

Dr. Terry Knowles, MD

New Ulm

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