Did not hear it last week, but will listen for it this week.
I would love to try NFP as I like all those biological, womanly, bodily functions things. I also think periodic continence would make the eventual love making that much more intense and richer. But, then, I know it's not for everybody. But, even so, wouldn't it be great if it was part of our Catholic culture and everyone tried it, at least, before resorting to chemical contraception?
Why not give nature a chance?
Overall, your point is well taken: we must be diligent not to fall into the trap of using NFP with a contraceptive mentality.
Agreed. I honestly believe that by itself, fertility awareness is fine, but the way some members of the Catholic community present NFP can be troubling. As Catholics, our default mentality as married couples should be a providential approach, rather than attempting to control God's design. My younger brother and i are not on speaking terms right now because he and his wife are using NFP without good reason. He didn't like that I called him out on it and hasn't spoken to me in over a year because of this. But as Catholics, we are called to gently correct each other, rather than turn a blind eye to sin.
We honestly can't know what is going on in someone else's marriage and financial life. I think the best thing to do is to encourage people to follow the church's teachings and avoid sin and not try to judge their "mentality."
A lot of this "contraceptive mentality" criticism seems to be coming from the never married (bless them). Maybe for the sake of Christian charity you could assume that raising a family is a little harder than it looks from the outside?
(Note: I support all church teachings and would never advise or encourage contraception. It's judging others' "mentality" that I don't get.)
Also, "bless them" referring to those of us who were never married? Just because we haven't been in a tough situation doesn't mean that it's OK for those who were in that situation to chose sinful attitudes. That's like the pro-choice side saying "well you've never been pregnant and scared, so you don't know what you'd do, so you can't say anything." Actually, I know exactly what I'd do. Just because many couples use NFP periodically for legitimate reasons doesn't mean that everyone who uses it is letting God's plan into their life.