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John Mitchell Student Columnist


Modern culture has placed its priorities ahead of God's plan


In the United States, countless influences have put the idea into our heads that being a parent before you accomplish your goals and have a fulfilling career is wrong. For example, how often do you hear a woman say that she wants to grow up to be a mom?
In my own experience, I have heard one person say that being a mother is her overall goal and when she openly stated her opinion, she was ridiculed and told she was making a huge mistake. People began to ask her, "Why would you ever want to do that?" and "Don't you want a real job with a purpose?" Well, what greater purpose is there than raising beautiful children in the Catholic faith?
As Catholics who are made in the God's image and likeness, we are called to know him, love him and serve him. Along with this, we are called to spread his Word, and to reproduce and raise our children in the Catholic faith. So why was it that my friend was immediately classified as someone who did not have her priorities straight instead of someone just doing what she (and her future husband) is meant to do?
The fact is, society has built itself around a "small family" point of view. A car can fit perhaps four comfortably, that is the driver, a passenger and two children. On frozen food products, meals only feed two to four people. Looking back only to the Fifties, families averaged four to five children per household. Now the typical American home has an average of only one to two children.
So, can it be that we, the human race, have put our own priorities and our own wants ahead of God's plan? Have we started to descend in a wrong direction as far as what our mission is here on earth?
God has called us to be stewards of creation and to "Go forth and multiply," but for some reason, this directive has turned into "Go when you feel like it and maybe have children."
As humans, we are ones in the world, not of the world. God is our Creator, our ever-merciful Father, and using means of contraception to achieve something we desire is not God's plan for us. If we lose sight of who we are and where we come from, then who are we and what direction are we headed in?



John Mitchell is a senior at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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