Five Barren Women Blessed by God
Here is a simple chart of key points about the five once barren women we discussed and information about where to read the whole stories of them and their sons.
For most in Old Testament times, eternal life was dependent on one’s children. Descendants were key to preserving memory of a person. Even in New Testament times there was disagreement between Sadducees and Pharisees on whether there was life after death.
We also touched on modern solutions to difficulties becoming pregnant and how some of those solutions conflict with Church teaching.
And, we addressed the problem of despair, complete lack of hope, usually self focused, sometimes leading even to suicide. Remember Hope is a theological virtue. Despair, at least, didn’t make the list of capital sins, though self focus seems to be a common theme.