... last Friday, 25th July, was the 40th Anniversary of the promulgation of the Encyclical "Humanae Vitae" - great light for our age. The huge value of the vision and teaching of this Encyclical is perhaps more evident now than it was in 1968. This teaching was given to us just in time as the great secular movement of our age was embracing anew the culture of death. "Humanae Vitae" is light for Christian spouses helping them to distinguish the path in a dark age. Christian marriage and the culture of death are poles apart. Many in our day have been entrapped by the culture of death and cannot see the path. We must thank God for the extraordianary graces which He gives to Christian spouses today enabling them to live their marriage in His light. But a great work still lies ahead - to open up the path to many men and women who are lost deep in the forest. No one should take the grace of "Humanae Vitae" for granted for the culture of death is today almost impenetrable.