This week, the Bishops of the United States remember Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) by celebrating National Family Planning Awareness Week.
National NFP Awareness Week provides an opportunity to spread the word about Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Sharing basic information about the methods of NFP and why they support God’s design for life and love is at the heart of this national campaign.
Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies.
NFP methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.
Since the methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act, they support God’s design for married love!
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland invites all of us in the Diocese of Tyler, no matter our state of life, to learn more about NFP and how it reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child.
By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.
Learn more about NFP by following these links: