The Immaculate Conception VS. Contraception
Recently the United States Department of Health issued a statement on a new law that will require the Catholic Church to violate the law of God. Read the statement here, and listen to a sermon in response to this offense here.
For Catholics, contraception constitutes a grave and mortal sin. It defies the natural and moral law of God and it deprives Heaven of Saintsâ€”both of the parents committing this sin and of the plentitude of possible saints that their babies might have become had they been born. Moreover, the Holy See has defined it a number of times as a mortal sin. Pope Pius XI declared,
â€œâ€¦the Catholic Church, to whom God has entrusted the defense of the integrity and purity of morals, standing erect in the midst of the moral ruin which surrounds her, in order that She may preserve the chastity of the nuptial union from being defiled by this foul stain, raises her voice in token of her divine ambassadorship and through Our mouth proclaims anew: any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and that those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of grave sin.â€
When the enemy moves against the people of God, his strategies almost always involve a blasphemous retort to God’s plan of salvation. The devil can’t attack God directly, but he can indirectly by attacking us and our idea of God’s nature & law. The word blasphemy is made up of two words. It’s a combination of the Greek words meaning “to injure” and “reputation.” In other words, as the Catholic Encyclopedia states, blasphemy is “gross irreverence towards any person or thing worthy of exalted esteem.” Take for instance the Incarnation of our Lord. From the very moment that the God-man came on the scene in His earthly ministry, there was a high frequency of possessions by evil spirits. The Son of God becomes man in order to elevate human nature to Heaven, and so the devil answers back blasphemously, by possessing the bodies of men in order to drag human nature down to destruction. In other words, our Lord came to bring our nature to an “exalted esteem” and the evil one answered back by desecrating that same nature with the “gross irreverence” of demonic possession.
In my opinion, contraception is in itself a blasphemyâ€¦one that targets the very cause of our joy, the Immaculate Conception. In the book of Genesis, after the fall of Adam and Eve by the deception of the serpent, God spoke a curse over the serpent saying, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and your seed and her seed: she shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for her heel”(Genesis 3:15, D-R). From the beginning, the Church has understood this scripture as a prophecy of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka the woman) and of her Divine Son: Christ (aka her seed) and His Body the Church (aka her heel). The Blessed Virgin is the mortal enemy of Satan. They stand in hostile opposition. The Blessed Virgin is “the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope”(Sirach 24:24-26), and Satan is “the father of lies”(John 8:44). The serpent was a sinner and a rebel from the beginning, and the Woman, our Blessed Lady, was filled with Grace from the beginning.
The “enmity,” that is, the element of opposition between the woman and the serpent, is sinlessness. When our Lady was conceived, she was preemptively redeemed and sanctified by the merits of the Cross. Her conception, as it were, is the crown jewel of Christ’s work of redemption. The power of His Cross knows no bounds, even time itself. It’s height reaches from time to eternity, and to demonstrate this power, our Lord saved the Ever Blessed at conception. She was conceived just as Eve was created in the Garden, un-fallen without the stain of original sin and kept from any stain of actual sin during her earthly life.
In order to damage the reputation of the Blessed Mother of God, her Divine Son, and His Body the Holy Catholic Church, the blasphemy of contraception has been running rampant. Christ preemptively saves His Mother from sin at conception, and the devil devises a method that preemptively strikes at her heel. After all, how can Christ save lives if there are no lives to save in the first place? There are many evils involved with the act of contraception, not to mention the probability that certain contraceptives can and do induce abortions, but this act of blasphemy is obviously directed towards our Queen and should not be taken lightly.
All fair art thou, O Mary!
The original stain is not in thee.
Thou art the glory of Jerusalem.
Thou art the joy of Israel.
Thou art the honor of our people.
Thou art the advocate of sinners.
Virgin most prudent,
Mother most tender,
Pray for us.
Intercede for us with our Lord Jesus Christ.
In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.
Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.
Immaculate Conception, pray for us!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding contraceptives, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.