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GYT or GYF Month?

Planned Parenthood or the Catholic Church

By Gerri Laird

Which organization really understands what is best for us as human persons: Planned Parenthood or the Catholic Church?

As many of us are in the midst of celebrating the depth of God's love for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during Holy Week and beyond, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington is celebrating "GYT Month" - get yourself tested (for STDs) month.

Planned Parenthood promotes a completely self-centered individuality, and offers its services as a solution to the bad choices we make. Blessed Edith Stein warned us that if the self becomes our standard of measurement, then we lock ourselves up in our own individuality, and we try to understand others only by looking to self rather than looking to God as the standard of measurement.

As Catholics, we know that our identity comes from God because we are made in His image and likeness. We can freely choose to have our sins washed away by the blood of Jesus through the Sacrament of Penance, and we can freely choose to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to receive Our Lord's body and blood. For us, every month is "GYF Month" - get yourself forgiven month. Can it get any better than that?

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