The Word Among Us

July 2008 Issue

Why Wait?

"Be not afraid"—to save sex for marriage.

By: Fr. Alfredo Hernandez

Jack and Elizabeth (names have been changed) were engaged and living together when they asked me to marry them. They were a very sincere young couple who wanted a better understanding of their Catholic faith and help for living it out. In fact, during Jack's first conversation with me, he expressed a desire to be confirmed before their wedding.

At the same time, both Jack and Elizabeth had had some negative experiences with priests and parish religious educators. Elizabeth summed...

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