Having just witnessed the birth of our little girl - Cecilia - I am reflecting once again on the gift of life and the privilege of parenthood.
When my fiancée and I were preparing for marriage, she belonged to an evangelical charismatic Christian community before entering the Catholic Church and so we had marriage preparation from both them and the Catholic Church.
Something that struck us both is that the advice, teaching and preparation that both gave us was that we must be open to life. Catholics - and other Christians - do a great disservice to Truth when we focus on a no to contaception rather than a big yes to life and the joy that children bring to this world.
Beautiful Papal encyclicals on the family include
When we have opportunities to speak on the truth of marriage and the family let's focus on the great blessing that God brings through marriage, family and openness to life.
In the meantime please say a quick prayer for baby Cecilia and her rather mischievous big brother Joseph who will be getting used to a new life too.