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July Reading of the Month
The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World - St. John Paul II
June 21st, 2015, by Sheila Kippley
In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis offers contemporary Western cultures some worthy challenges. The extent to which optional human activity contributes to climate change is open to debate, but it seems to me that it is just a matter of common sense to conserve our non-renewable natural resources. Some of it can start right within churches. It just seems wasteful that I have to wear a jacket in an exclusively cooled church.
Pope Francis covered many subjects, but it seems to me that his non-treatment of breastfeeding, and especially ecological breastfeeding, is truly a significant omission.
The purpose of this encyclical was to discuss “the present ecological crisis” and then “to offer guidelines for human development.” (15) I thought of ecological breastfeeding when the Pope Francis discussed pollution related to health because pollution “causes millions of premature deaths,” (20) and causes accumulated waste of harmful substances and filth (21). But he said nothing about the number one cause of death worldwide for children under five, namely the absence of breastfeeding. That is why the World Health Organization and Saint John Paul II encouraged mothers to nurse for at least two years. About 1.5 million babies would be saved each year if mothers exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and continued to breastfeed into the second year (Superfood for Babies: How overcoming barriers to breastfeed will save children’s lives by Save the Children, 2013).
Breastfeeding reduces the incidence of the following diseases for babies and children: allergies, asthma, bacterial meningitis, botulism, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, gastroenteritis, leukemia, autoimmune thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, necrotizing enterocolitis, obesity, respiratory tract infections, sudden infant death syndrome, ulcerative colitis, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and urinary tract infections. That’s 23 health advantages of breastfeeding for the child, and every year new benefits are discovered.
Breastfeeding also reduces the incidence of the following diseases for the mother: breast cancer, ovarian cancer, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, endometrial cancer, thyroid cancer, lupus, and osteoporosis. More current research for both mother and baby are found at the categories for Breastfeeding Research at the blog on which this article appears: http://nfpandmore.org/wordpress/.
Regarding waste, if mothers worldwide breastfed for two years there would be a great reduction in the production of formula, bottles, pacifiers, baby food and related jars, and feminine products, and a consequent reduction of waste and filth.
The Pope mentioned “reproductive health” (50). The best reproductive health that God gave humankind since the beginning of time is nursing according to the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding. These Standards are simple maternal behaviors that encourage frequent and unrestricted nursing. Ecological Breastfeeding postpones the return of menses and fertility for 14 to 15 months, on average. The Pope and the Church need to promote ecological breastfeeding to the world. Governments sometimes stress the need for “birth control” so that there is a spacing of births for the health of the mother. God has already given humankind a natural way to space babies, and it’s free.
There is no need to buy formula or the baby food products. Pope Francis speaks of boycotting certain products. I think of just not purchasing products, such as formula, etc.
The Pope also spoke of his concern for crime and violence. Many in the past have written about the breastfeeding relationship as a crime-preventive factor; they have noted the importance of the first three years with the mother as crucial for building a healthy human being, but there was nothing about the crucial first three years in this encyclical.
Pope Francis spoke of our need to be fully present to someone (226) and that we need one another (229) and the importance of close relationships. The extended breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby exemplifies all of these. He mentioned the “abandonment of the elderly” but unfortunately did not mention the abandonment of the very young which is common in our society where babies and little ones are left in the care of others.
Father Campbell, who is a part-time teaching faculty member for the Theology Depatment at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, led a pilgrimage to the March for Life, chaperoned by other members of the SJCA Theology Department.
This photo was taken outside the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception shortly before the March for Life on January 22nd, 2015:
Father Campbell welcomed the students of St. Joseph Catholic Academy and All Saints Catholic School to St. Therese Parish for retreats.
Be informed! The statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops can be read here. Archbishop Listecki's initial statement can be read here with a fuller reflection here. Bishop Hying's statement is here. You can read or listen to Fr. Campbell's 6/28 homily on the topic on the Homilies and Talks page.
Read Fr. Campbell's July 5th homily on St. Maria Goretti, purity, and her example for us today.
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Please Pray for Father Reese as he moves to Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis.
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Fr. Bob McDermott is now Associate Pastor at
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as he ministers to us alongside
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Reflecting on Sacrificial Giving, I pray
Thank you for teaching me to be generous as You have been generous with me.
Thank you for showing me that all I am and have are gifts from You, and that these gifts, Lord, are meant to be shared.
Help me to understand that others, known and unknown to me, depend on me for help.
Walk with me on my stewardship journey, so that I may constantly renew my relationship with you.
Give me the courage to trust, so that I may experience the joy of sacrificial giving.
Make me a gift to others in Your name.
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Fr. McDermott celebrates his Ordination Anniversary on May 22nd. Fr. Campbell and Fr. Reese celebrate their Ordination Anniversary on May 25th. Here is a note from Fr. Reese:
On Monday, May 25th, I recall my 24th anniversary of my ordination to the sacred priesthood. I really can not celebrate with no speech remaining, but I silently con-celebrate and I am very grateful to God for my vocation. I was never worthy of my call, but I prayed and tried to be faithful. I thank everyone for your prayers and words of support, and I will continue to remember you at Mass and in my prayers!
I am still walking with a walker and breathing well, but my hands are very weak and I have a lot of fatigue a few days every weak. However, I GO to Mass every day, and stay for prayer. Then I go to Vespers and a holy hour every evening. I have finished writing my doctoral thesis, but am waiting for corrections to come for me to revise it,. I have had many visitors and feel blessed to be in such a good nursing home. Let us pray for each other. Peace, Fr. Reese