Users of NFP face the real danger of slipping into a contraceptive mentality, said Father Denis St. Marie of the University of Steubenville, Ohio, at a recent workshop sponsored by leading Natural Family Planning groups.

He challenged NFP users to periodically review their reasons for not conceiving children.  At least once a year, he advised, husband and wife should check to see if open-ness to new life has been replaced by selfishness.

It would be tragic, reminded Fr. St. Marie, if couples who began their marriages conscious of the blessings of fertility should end as NFP abusers.