The Virgin Mary is venerated in the Catholic Church as Queen of Heaven and is honoured in numerous Marian devotions.
The Catholic Church has defined four Marian dogmas: the Immaculate Conception, the dogma that Mary was conceived without original sin; her status as the Mother of God; her perpetual virginity; and her bodily assumption into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.
She also shared how often people had asked her if this baby was “planned.” My husband and I are expecting our first child, and one of the most surprising elements of my pregnancy so far has been the number of people who have, point-blank, asked me if this baby was “planned.” The first few times it happened, I was floored, and truly did not know how to respond to such a question.
Since reading the above blog post yesterday, I’ve decided I will borrow the author’s answer to this discourteous question, “Yes, God planned for this child from time immemorial, and I will do my best with this life that is entrusted to me.” Because isn’t that what Christ does when He blesses us with a child—He entrusts the life of this precious little one to us?
And what is so wrong with an unplanned pregnancy, anyway?
Those who addressed this issue often suffered for it.
Some were reprimanded by their Superiors, others were moved out to the farthest, most undesirable location in the diocese.