Reason One: Have another child to join with God in the creation of an immortal soul. Parents are given the incredible opportunity to assist God in the creation of an immortal soul. As the late Cardinal Mindszenty said, even the angels have not been given such a grace. Um, yeah. There are 6.6 Billion "immortal souls" right now. That's not including every other human that ever lived and died. Can God never be satisfied?
Reason Two: Have another child to bring joy into your life.There is no joy like the joy of welcoming another child into your life. You will marvel anew at how perfectly formed your little one is, and over how quickly you will fall head over heels in love with him. You will be enchanted with every tiny aspect of her appearance. The color of her hair, the shape of her nose, and the winsomeness of her smile will occasion endless happy debates about from which side of the family (yours, of course) she got that adorable trait. Baybeez ar teh kyoot!!!1!!! Babies take no work at all. Babies don't require any care or money or sleepless nights or sacrifice at all. They're just pure cute, all the time.
Reason Three: Have another child to grown in holiness and virtue.For those who marry and have families, children are the primary means God uses to help them grow in holiness and virtue. So, how many children does it take to be holy and virtuous, exactly? Clearly one isn't enough, what about two? What if I can only have three, am I less holy and virtuous than a woman with six? 50% less holy and virtuous, or are there diminishing returns for each baby?
Reason Four: Have another child to help end abortion.When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was asked by a young mother about the best way to proceed with pro-life work, she responded emphatically, "Have a big family. That is the best way to end abortion!"
How this works is not difficult to understand. As children become more rare due to contraception, sterilization and abortion, whole segments of society become less and less familiar with the sense of joy and hope that only babies and children can give. In this climate, contraception and abortion feed on themselves, as the increasingly selfish few further reduce their number. I know, children are so rare, I've gone 35 minutes without seeing one. Of course, I'm at work, but rare! Yes! 1 out of every 4 Americans is a child, I'm surprised I see any children at all.
Reason Five A: Have another child so your sons will have brothers and your daughters will have sisters. Children who have siblings learn early to share. They learn to take turns and to put the needs of others before their own. The bond formed between brothers and sisters is lifelong, and stronger than the bond between the closest friends. That's right. You should have children you can't afford and don't want so the children you already do have with have
Reason Five B:Have another child so your sons will have sisters and your daughters will have brothers. Boys who have sisters learn the dignity of women. They learn to treat other girls and women with respect, as they consider how they would like their own sisters to be treated. Girls who have brothers learn the complementarity of men and women, both fashioned in the image and likeness of God. Because boys can't possibly learn about the "dignity of women" from the actual woman in their life, their mother.
Reason Six:Have another child so you (and your parents) won't be lonely in old age. People who have children don't have to rely upon strangers to care for them in their old age. That's right. There aren't any people in nursing homes who have children. You're not having children, your creating a free labor pool for later in life!
Reason Seven:Have another child because people are our greatest resource. Humans are blessed with the gifts of an intellect and free will. It is human ingenuity that discovers creative solutions to the problems which confront us. People without children should remember that it will be someone else's child who will become the doctor that performs their life-saving operations. Someone else's child will become the firefighter that saves their house. Someone else's child will become the railroad engineer. We can't have that! It must be my child who performs life saving operations and works on a train . . . ? Railroad engineer? Anyway, it could also be your child who developes a lifelong addiction to heroin or ends up working as a prostitute, so keep that in mind.
Reason Eight:Have another child to contribute to the economy.Families with children are fuel to the economy, purchasing houses and cars and college educations. Without young people to enter the workforce, social security systems fail. Without children to attend school, teachers are jobless. Many industries, from fast food restaurants to toy stores, obviously rely heavily upon business from and for children to stay in business. But ultimately the whole economy does. If you don't keep breeding McDONALDS WILL FAIL! Will the horror never end? How can our consumer society survive if you don't push out an endless stream of future consumers? I'm dooming us all!!!eleventy!!!
Have another child to counter global depopulation.Anyone who has traveled from coast to coast in the United States and seen the vast empty spaces should know that America is not overpopulated. In fact, the entire population of the world could live in the state of Texas, in single-family dwellings with front and back yards.
Fertility rates are falling everywhere. The world's population will never again double. If current trends continue, world population will peak by the middle of this century and then begin demographic freefall. If there is one empty acre of land without people on it, then we have failed!
Umm . . . why should the world's population double again? And demographic freefall? Really? On the one hand, these people are telling me all about how the brown mooslins are breeding OUT OF CONTROL, the next you're telling me the world doesn't have enough people in it? Also, this is an out and out lie. According to the World Population Data Sheet for 2007:
World population growth will continue. World population is 6.6 billion in
2007, up from 6.1 billion in 2000. It is projected to rise to 9.3 billion by
2050, with nearly all of that increase in developing countries. By 2008, half of
all people will live in urban areas.
Fertility rates may be rising again in some European countries. After
years of low but stable rates, the number of children women are having is
increasing in Italy, Spain, and Sweden, among others.
Fertility rates are holding steady at high levels in some developing
nations after years of decline. In Afghanistan, the rate is nearly seven
children per woman; in Nigeria, it is nearly six.
Yeah, I'm not feeling the panic.
Reason Ten: Have another child to help populate heaven.The child that you and your spouse have been generous in accepting from God was created to return to Him, after a life of love, service, and obedience on earth, to spend eternity with God in heaven.
Our Lord Himself said that there was plenty of room for those immortal souls. There is no overpopulation problem in Heaven! They have to live here first, Barbara.