Finally, dear woman, here's something else the Church teaches: if we've failed to live up to this teaching on maternity, if we've disrespected or abused the beautiful gifts of our womanhood, we can make our way back. The gifts of grace and forgiveness through the sacraments provide that path.
Let us trust that grace. Let us be gentle and generous in dealing with our own failures as regards our sexuality or our maternity. Jesus wants us to be healed, and especially to be healed of wounds related to our sexuality and maternity.
Let us come to Him with our brokenness, and the sins against our genius of maternity, no matter how grievous or painful.
Let us come to know this God who came through the womb to save us.
This article originally appeared in the Washington Post online, January 22, 2013.