I plan to go to confession today so that I will feel more worthy of taking communion during the Advent season.
Catholics that only go to church during Christmas and Easter don't take their spiritual lives seriously. Your spiritual life is not just between you and God, as many protestants believe.
This is one reason we confess our sins to a priest I believe. And I know this is one of the biggest things that is wrong with our society. Too many people talking about their sins honestly and openly. Justifying them even. To the point where if you don't "they" label you a hypocrite.
It hurts people. People who are lonely. People who are trying to be good Christians. And most importantly by far. It hurts our children.
Not to mention in the process I believe the "talkers" have completely destroyed the very concept of love. Or at very least put it at odds with having fun. Like you can still have one but not the other.
Now the tough part is going to be explaining this and not in the process doing it again. Let's just say I'm thinking about changing some of the answers in my profile to be in agreement with the church. Yeah maybe I do these things, but I understand they are a sin. Though seemingly natural and innocent (if not then just necessary evils) I also understand how those sins have led to many of societies problems. Maybe I can't stop doing them even, but that doesn't mean I don't agree with the church that it is sinful.
So from a dating perspective...
Is that fair to you? If you go to my profile and think I'm some sort of angel. Does it matter to you if that isn't true?
And is it fair to me? Will someone a little more "naughty" pass over my profile because we apparently don't agree? Would I not meet the person I'm a better match for possibly?
But then again is settling for empathy not the greatest hurdle to redemption?
Scratch that last question. That's a whole nother can of worms for sure. Please just think about the first two groups.
I am honestly thinking this through and can't decide what to do.
I think if you believe in all the 7 teachings then answer yes....but if you feel you are not capable or weak in an area...be upfront quickly in a relationship. For instance if one is weak in chasity and the other strong, I think this could be problematic......especially if you one does not respect when their girlfriend boyfriend says no in love of God. Someone chased has usually great joy in this chasity.....and if their partner has not had that Grace, and Joy......it's
Possible I think to bring them down......but....I also recall how st Rita of cascia became st Rita of cascia only because her husband and her had a struggle .....in a sense they were mismatched.....but in the end, she was an instrument in the hands of The Lord, for the salvation of his soul....and to her...he was an instrument in her being such a known saint and witness to God. Gods plans are so beautiful!!.....not even sin can blot out God's plan!!!
so...food for,thought perhaps...
I do think lyne has a point....society does glamorize sin and vices as okay......but I don't think that is what you saying....ewtn ( catholic programming) routinely discusses openly how we must fight sin, our common struggles with it etc.....but all is done so in a different light from worldly secular culture...all is discussed in the light of God, .....