|Dear Mr. Patton:
About a year ago I received a copy of your recording from our
archdiocesan family life office.
It was sent to all priests in the archdiocese by Cristi Welch, NFP
coordinator. I didn't pay much attention to it.
Later, as I packed for a road trip of many miles I put it with
other cds to listen to during those long driving hours.
I believe it was June 2009.
I listened. Something struck a cord. But you packed a lot in a
short time. I had to listen to it again and again. Each time I heard
something new and challenging.
In the intervening period I have listened to your words eight
times. As the months past other things surfaced. "The Theology of the
Body" by JPII, "Good News about Sex and Marriage" by Christopher West,
Billings Ovulation Method came to Oklahoma in November, 2009. Fr. Daniel
McCaffrey took my place to preach about NFP and my parishioners heard
teaching they had never heard before. They want to know more.
I want to know more. I've been a parish priest for 41 years. I
am a child of the sexual revolution.
I accepted it all hook, line, and sinker. At age 68, I am awakening to
something new.that's been around since Genesis according to the Pope.
Thanks to you I now ask at the end of Sunday Masses if there are
any "new borns" here for the first time! It is an Hispanic community.
There are a lot of babies!
I need to review your recording again. My conversations have
changed. Confessions find my asking questions about marital status,
contraceptive use, and why. I keep Dr. Mary Martin's business card in the
confessional. She is a pro life gynecologist who is teaching the Billings
Method to patients who will listen. She also helps couples get pregnant in
a healthy manner.
There is much more I could say but right now I wish to say
"THANK YOU" for your recording. It is helping me get it right.
Sue Eck of BOMA asked me if I ever thanked you. I was
embarrassed to say no. I do thank you and even at this time in my life and
ministry it is a good, fresh teaching of the truth before us always.
Good work, Mr., Patton! Thank you!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Mike Chapman
Holy Angels Church
317 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106 5213
|His voice is so gentle and full of love and truth. He has humor in it, and he paints some vivid pictures to make his points. He has really put together some great arguments to discuss contraception and sterilization and their effect on the rise in abortions and divorces, and their effect on marriages and families and the Church.
I was just blown away at how good I thought it was, so I wanted to be sure that all of you know about it. I have already ordered 100 of them, and I want to put them in my NFP packets. Please be sure to get a copy from One More Soul, and I hope you will want to distribute them too.
Bishop Galeone gives an introduction, and as usual, I think he is totally right when he says listening to this CD may have a lasting impact on people's lives. If we can get people to actually listen, their lives really might be changed and our Church might be changed and our world might be changed too.
God bless Steve and Bishop Galeone!!!! Please do get a copy of this CD.
It is a marvelous promotion of NFP and living the teachings of our Church.
I really do love the CD, did I tell you that yet????? I am telling every body I know about it.
|This well-researched, entertaining one-hour talk was directed to priests and laity who sincerely don't understand what the big deal is about contraception. If you know such a person, please get him or her a copy.
But even if you already see contraception as the major moral and cultural issue that it is, I think you will find this talk enlightening and inspiring. It was for me.