Elephants in the room, in parishes, in dioceses and certainly in the world, obsessive sexuality. Half or more of all television and internet ads trot out some alluring sexual innuendo such as an "alluring blonde" passing by another driver called out by his wife, "Really, a blonde in a convertible?" Pornography dominates Google search, ranks first in all searches.
Then today we learn in the news that a married pastor of another church (not Catholic but our Church has had its pedofiles) who committed suicide when it was revealed he was one of thirty-two million members of the Ashley Madison website's service promoting sexual infidelity. Thirty-two million, one out of ten Americans. But let's not be self-righteous as were the Pharisees whom Jesus confronted and who demanded his condemnation of a woman "caught in adultery":
"They said to him, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?' . . . But when they continued asking him, he [said], 'Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to stone her.' We read further that Jesus' adversaries left shamed and Jesus told the woman: " I do not condemn you. [But] go, and sin no on more.” (cf Matthew 8:2-11).
"The elephant in the room" remains in our time -- the obsession of many for the sensual pleasures of this world at the cost of their spiritual well-being and salvation. Clearly, this world is no heaven. But we pray God that fhe Faith and Hope we profess Jesus fulfills in our passing from this world who said, "I have come to bring life more fully" (John 10:10).
Question? How should we prepare for "life more fully" which Jesus promised? It will be the central theme of our retreats together.