Monday, February 21, 2011

Love, marriage and the baby carriage :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Intentionally having a child at a young age is sort of a cultural no-no. Kids of young parents are, quite often, seen more as mistakes than lovingly accepted gifts from God.

So when my wife, Kathleen, and I decided to try and conceive after only a few months of marriage, we weren’t surprised by the reactions.

“I’m very happy for you,” a Catholic coworker told me when she heard about the pregnancy. “God provides – even if sometimes we’re a bit surprised!”

It’s pretty safe to say that – even for Catholics – the default response to a young couple’s fertility is a sense of shock. “God provides, even if we’re surprised” is a nice way of saying, “Wow, certainly you didn’t mean to conceive a baby so soon, did you?”

For young parents trying to feel out God’s will, the culture doesn’t do much to make authentic discernment any easier.
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