LOVE AND RESPONSIBILITY AS A MANIFESTATION OF HEALTH OF MAN AND THE FAMILY. PRECONCEPTION, PRE- AND POSTNATAL INDICATIONS (Polish title below)
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(Polish title below: Milosc i odpowiedzialnosc przejawem zdrowia czlowieka i rodziny. Wskazania prekoncepcyjne, pre- i postnatalne). Ensuring a man's health and fulfillment in the proper way requires surrounding him with love. Responsible care for the offspring should go before the conception, should accompany it in the prenatal period and be present at the further stages of its development. The attitude of planning the family is an expression of such care; the planning should aim at conceiving each child in the most favorable time; the child should be longed-for and loved from the beginning. True love not only does not harm anybody (cf. Rom 13, 10), but protects against any pathology, and cures the inflicted wounds. Expressing love in an adequate way requires learning proper ways to communicate it. Love and responsibility condition man's sound development and are a manifestation of mature attitudes, as they result from the basic imperative inscribed in human nature by God (DCE 31). Such attitudes also constitute a necessary condition for a proper family to exist. A human person's dignity obliges one to assume proper attitudes towards everyone, and the features that are inscribed in the fact that one is a human being make it possible to undertake responsible acts resulting from authentic love. The need of such acts and the tasks connected with this need should be realized especially by people who are being prepared for contracting marriage and for parenthood, so that every human being coming to this world could be surrounded with responsible care on the side of his parents.
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