When I was younger I would complain to my mother, and come to think of it still complain, about her belabored subjects. “Mom, you told me all about this last week. I got it the first time. I’m sick of hearing about it!” And she would say “but you’ve got to hear it again, dear.” Not only did she see the need for repetition to keep my awareness sharp, but she also wanted me to consider various dimensions of a grave problem. Apparently I didn’t see it as a grave problem, nor had I considered all the ways I might possibly solve the problem. “Let us leave no stone unturned,” she would say.
Few of our contemporaries consider contraception or divorce as grave problems. The widespread acceptance of a contraceptive mentality has led to infidelity, divorce, abortion, sexual perversion, and the consequent host of social problems. Have I said this before? I’m as tired of saying it as you are of hearing it.
But “tired” does not excuse our obligation to address a problem as grave as the loss of family life. In fact, I must conclude that we are tired of hearing about it precisely because we don’t think it is a problem. If you’ve got cancer, you don’t get tired of talking about it until it goes away. You ruminate day and night over possible ways to cure it. Sexual perversions, and the consequent loss of family life, is the social cancer of our time. Not talking about it means we accept it. Is anyone complaining that we are talking too much about poverty, or school violence, or climate change? We talk about these things because we consider them important. Is sexual purity important? Is the family important? Is human life important? If so, then we had best keep talking about contraception, divorce, and abortion, even if we are sick of them. “You’ve got to hear it again, dear,” as my mother would say.