I was delighted yesterday when I read the Archbishop of Santa Fe's pastoral letter, on the Pastoral Care of Couples who are Cohabitating. This is a subject about which we hear so little. In Ireland, there is generally silence on this issue. This pastoral letter is a firm, but gentle reminder to us, that there is a right way and a wrong way of living. He reminds us that "we ourselves must be firmly rooted in the Gospel teaching that, when it comes to sexual union, there are only two lifestyles acceptable to Jesus Christ (note it is about what is acceptable to Christ, not us!)for His disciples: a single life of chastity, or the union of man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony. There is no “third way” possible for a Christian." Other ways, are wrong ways, and this wrong living has consequences, it hurts us, it damages us. So the choice is ours, do we follow the easy path and be "dead", or do we follow the more difficult path, and "live". The Gospel message is not trying to spoil our fun, our God wants us to be happy. I also include a Youtube clip on the subject from Davey Crocket.
"It was like I was empty. Well, I'm not empty anymore. That's what's important, to feel useful in this old world, to hit a lick against what's wrong for what's right even though you get walloped for saying that word. Now I may sound like a Bible beater yelling up a revival at a river crossing camp meeting, but that don't change the truth none. There's right and there's wrong. You gotta do one or the other. You do the one and you're living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you're dead as a beaver hat. " (John Wayne as Davey Crocket in 'THE ALAMO' )