Marriage Good, Virginity Better

Yes, maybe. Anyway that is the point pondered in Mark Shea’s recent and sort of Chestertonian post over at NCR. Excerpt:

The Church recognizes that sex is a sign, not the reality. It is sacramental, but it is never proposed as the sacrament of the altar…That’s not because sex is impure. It’s because sex is a raging fire that will burn out of control once you remove it from the only safe place it can be found: the fireplace of the marriage bed. Kept there, it is as pure as virginity.

In other news, Amy Winehouse is dead. I don’t know if she was a good woman or a bad woman, but she was certainly a wounded one — something I and many of y’all can identify with — and she made music that was beautiful and genuine. That is certainly something. Let’s pray for her.

Speaking of The Beautiful and The Wounded, do you all know Heather King? She is an “ex-lawyer, ex-drunk Catholic convert.” I keep meaning to read her memoirs, Parched and then Redeemed, but her blog is lovely. Excerpt from The Gestalt of Christ:

Christ never spoke with hubris and he never spoke with obfuscation. He spoke in such a way that we are invited to ponder the deepest mysteries of ourselves, our daily lives, and the people around us. I mean is not Christ the original, ÜBER koan, and everything he said and did a koan? He is utterly transparent and utterly unfathomable. He revealed himself fully and he also said “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” [John 16:12]. He was all secret and had no secrets.

Happy Sunday! It rained all over my frustrated attempts to fix my turn signals, but now the sun is shining and I’m off to a barbecue, sans bike.

5 Comments on “Marriage Good, Virginity Better”

  1. RoodAwakening says:

    Our pastor quoted you (positively) in his homily, today, and I actually already knew who he was talking about, since I’d been referred to your blog by a former parishioner (and now Facebook friend), previously. Having several friends who have SSA, some Catholic and some not, I have an interest in your perspective on living life with an authentically Catholic spirituality. Also, you write very well, in general, and your blog is truly a delight to read on that count, alone! Thanks, and God bless you!

  2. beauly says:

    Dear “generally good writer,” I said a Rosary for you today, cuz your writing is, generally, so good. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, beauty! I really, really appreciate it.

  3. Christopher says:

    Hey Steve! I do know Heather King – I actually have met her a couple times. She is great. Glad to see someone else who reads her stuff. I haven’t read any of her books though. I’ve been enjoying your blog, thanks for it.

  4. Steve says:

    Hey man,
    Realy appreciated your note on Amy Winehouse. Its sad to see a talented artist lost to addiction. Yes, we should pray for her.
    Your a smart and brave young guy and a source of encouragement to others.
    Keep fightin’ the good fight. I recognise in you some of the idealism I had a fe w years back and would like to recapture. say one for me will ya?

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