his address to married couples at St. Martha's House:
In a marriage this fertility can sometimes be put to the test when the
children do not arrive, or are sick. Faced with these tests, the Pope
said, there are couples who "look to Jesus for the power of fertility
that He has with His Church". “While on the other hand,” Francis
reflected, “there are things that Jesus does not like", or marriages
that are sterile by choice.” "These marriages that do not want children,
that want to remain without fecundity. This culture of well-being of
ten years ago convinced us, 'It's better not to have children! It's
better! So you can go out and discover the world , on holiday , you can
have a villa in the countryside, you have no worries ' ... But it is
perhaps better - more comfortable - to have a dog, two cats , and your
love goes to two cats and the dog. This is true, is it not? Have you
seen this? And in the end this marriage arrives at an old age of
solitude, with the bitterness of ugly solitude. It is not fertile, it
does not do what Jesus does with his Church: He makes it fertile. [emphasis added]
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