Saturday, November 23, 2019

Lecture by Dr. Janet Smith

She spoke last night, part of the same series I spoke this past March.

It was a treat to attend this lecture. Dr. Smith was a comfort to us at the beginning of our marriage, as we discussed and faced our calling as a married couple and as parents. Dr. Smith's work on Humanae Vitae brought forth to us both what I had learned at home: the truth of the physical aspect of marriage, the role of parents, how to live the gift of conjugal love immersed in the beauty of nature and within the wisdom of a loving Father. Her talk this time was about the end of life issues, and it was both profound and entertaining.

We have seen her speak a few times through the years, and I had the opportunity to chat with her a bit last night. We compared the world of when we married--over 30 years ago--when she seemed like a solo voice proclaiming the truth and beauty of marriage--to now, when young Catholics, seeing how the prophetic message of Humanae Vitae has come to pass, and armed with faith and scientific knowledge, are no longer fooled by the empty promises of artificial contraception. She and I remarked together on what a different world it is today--and how we couldn't have imagined it then!

Here's an excellent piece I found, telling her story in academia, a story of courage and faith.

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