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Friday, November 18, 2005


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You are so good and kind to think of the feelings of others as you present the Catholic Church's teachings on ART.

As for me, I can tell you that I did a lot of soul-searching and praying about our treatment beforehand, and in the end, we did what we felt was right.

Listening to your ideological views will not insult or belittle mine, especially coming from someone as dear and sensitive as yourself, Arwen. Your thoughts are so well-meaning, and clearly explained... I don't think you run too much of a risk of sounding condescending or judgemental.

Good luck with the writing; I can't wait to read it.


I appreciate your sensitivity. I look forward to your essay, since I am curious to read what exactly the Catholic Church's position is on ART, from someone who has truly studied her church's position. Of course, I am a) not Catholic, and b) a bit more removed from our struggle with infertility, since it's been a few years since we did ART (about 2 1/2 years since that final cycle - Ryan of course.). I will read with interest.

Being Catholic, and knowing the Church's stance on ART, I am still very interested to read your thoughts. Know that I pray for you often. You are a kind and sensitive soul, and I wish I lived near you so we could be real life friends.

Oh Arwen (that still feels strange to call you that!)...I will certainly pray for you. Reading the dedication you have to your faith always puts a smile on my face. I hope that you will be blessed with a child soon, you have so much knowledge to share. I'm very interested to read your views on ART since I do not know the Catholic stance on the matter. Thinking of you!

I don't know your entire story Arwen, but I do know there is hope for everyone. A couple, friends of my mother and father's remained childless for as long as I can remember.. we're talking over 20 years here. They were obviously struggling with infertility. But God does work his miracles and all of a sudden, out of the blue, no treatment, nothing, they conceived. And now they have a beautiful, healthy daughter.
So keep the faith and believe. At least, I'm trying really hard.

I will pray for you. I am looking forward to your post on ART--I'm sure that like all of your other posts, it will be sensitive and well-written.

I'm praying for you, too... When we went to a meeting of an Infertility, Adoption and Foster Care ministry in our archdiocese, this was the very topic, and it was presented by the director of adult faith formation for the archdiocese. He began by talking about what responsible Catholic adulthood looks like - being neither sheep, who blindly follow anything given by authority, nor goats, who blindly oppose anything given by authority (our culture seems to be composed largely of the latter!). He explained the right of conscience, and the attendant responsibilities. And then he presented what the Church teaches about ART. The discussion of conscience beforehand was a wonderful context for this. Maybe approaching the subject in this way will help you? If it would help, I'd be glad to share my "process" regarding ART and artificial birth control. Let me know... God bless you for doing this!

Good luck!

Write what you believe in your heart. Don't worry if everyone doesn't agree with you. We will still love you anyway and respect the views explain about the Catholic church and ART. Good luck. May God send you the right message to send to us.

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