The Path to Heaven Through the Sacrament of Marriage

Readings & Assignments

1. Readings (approximately 2 - 4 hours)
  • Presentation Eight (approx. 40 - 70 minutes)
  • Presentation Nine (approx. 20 - 30 minutes)
  • Presentation Ten (approx. 24 - 36 minutes)

Appendix Articles

  • A Sexual Revolution: One Woman's Journey from Pro-Choice Atheism to Pro-Life Catholic, p. 176 (approx. 10 - 20 minutes)
  • IVF and the Catholic Couple, p. 187 (approx. 14 - 30 minutes)
  • Humane Vitae and the Signs of the Times, p. 197 (approx. 14 - 30 minutes)
  • Humane Vitae and Human Happiness, p. 202 (approx. 8 - 16 minutes)
  • The Social Footprints of Contraception, p. 205 (approx. 8 - 16 minutes)

 

2. Watch Video - Janet Smith: The Difference Between NFP and Contraception (36 minutes)

Natural Family Planning

Dr. Janet Smith is a world renowned professor who is a moral theologian and an expert on contraception.

 

3. Write Couple's Essay (details below)

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  • The above readings deal primarily with the unitive and procreative ends of marriage, as they will help you to prepare for the follow-up Saturday Seminar (Day 3). After you have completed the readings and video, discuss them with your fiancé and then write a one page summary together of what you both learned from the seminar and readings.
  • Don't rush and please allow time to prepare (double-check spelling and grammar).

Key Points to Share in Your Essay:

  • Please include what you want others to learn - what was inspiring, enlightening, and engaging?
  • What key takeaway did you get form the Sacraments: Confession, Eucharist, and Marriage?
  • Now that you've read about the Church's consistent teaching on the unitive and procreative ends of marriage, what made you think differently and why?
  • Was this the first time you heard about the Church's teaching on contraception and Natural Family Planning (NFP)?
  • What is one takeaway from the Dr. Janet Smith video?
  • If you are a non-Catholic, what are your thoughts on the readings, and NFP?

Our hope is that both of you are able to see the truth, goodness and beauty of conjugal love thus being open to life and to seek God's Will.

 

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