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For married couples experiencing difficulty in having children:
May God grant healing to their bodies
And bring peace to their souls;
"A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift. The 'supreme' gift of marriage' is a human person. A child may not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged 'right to a child' would lead. In this area only the child possesses genuine rights: the right 'to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love his parents,' and 'the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception."
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2378
We pray for all married couples struggling with the cross of infertility.
Tradition holds that Saints Joachim and Anne (whose feast day is this Saturday, July 26th) experienced a long period of infertility before conceiving Mary, the mother of Christ. We remember Sarah, Abraham's wife, and Hannah, in the book of Samuel, as other examples of faithful people who longed for children. May couples who are struggling with infertility be blessed with hope, peace, and community as they live out their vocation to marriage.
Sometimes, the charting involved in Natural Family Planning can help to identify sources of infertility. It's NFP Awareness Week, so we encourage you to check it out!
Ss. Joachim and Anne, Grandparents of Jesus, pray for us!