O Sacred Head
O Sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee
And tremble as they gaze.
I see Thy strength and vigor
All fading in the strife,
And death, with cruel vigor,
Bereaving Thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn Thy face on me!
In this Thy bitter Passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me,
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be;
Beneath Thy Cross abiding,
‘Forever would I rest,
In Thy dear love confiding,
And wilth Thy presence blest.
———Saint Bernard of Clairvaux [1090-1153]
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIRTH CONTROL AND NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING explained this way:
Trixie and Pixie both want to lose weight. Losing weight is not inherently sinful, and can be a good goal.
Trixie’s means to that end? She practices self-control and sacrifice by eating healthier meals and smaller portions, and even fasting for a time.
Pixie’s means to that end? She eats all she wants, in any portion, heavy on the sweets and treats. Each time she is done indulging her palate, she retreats to the bathroom where she sticks her finger down her throat and vomits it all back up.
I hope we all can agree that Trixie’s means of losing weight is moral and ordered, while Pixie’s means of losing weight is immoral and disordered.
Bulimia contradicts the body’s design by accepting the pleasure of eating, but willfully thwarting its life-giving purpose.
Contraception contradicts the body’s design by accepting the pleasure of sex, but willfully thwarting its life-giving purpose.
Natural Family Planning is a good means to a good end, thus is ordered and moral.
Contraception? It’s just sexual bulimia.
Apparently, Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina did not believe Pope Paul VI was to blame for all the Catholic Church’s problems after Vatican II.
Take two minutes to read this beautiful letter which Padre Pio wrote to Pope Paul VI just ten days before the sainted friar passed away.