This morning, I finished reading Three to Get Married, my first Fulton Sheen book. The first day I cracked it, it didn’t do a lot for me — I frankly thought that what I read was weird.
I didn’t know yet that it would turn out to be the best marriage book I ever have read. In it, Sheen dissects love, marriage and sex in such ways that this book can — and should — change the world.
It was brought to my attention today that blogger Kirsten Andersen responded to my post called “When attraction is irrelevant,” which appeared on my blog in May, and on chastityproject.com last week.
I guess you could say she didn’t like it.
I responded to her criticisms in a comment on her post, which was published by Aleteia this morning. My comment currently awaits moderation. If you’d like to read her post in its entirety, click here. If you’d like to read what I originally wrote, click here.
I’d like to share Kirsten’s qualms, which center on what my friend Americo and I said in the post Kirsten criticized, and my clarifications, which are important clarifications to make:
This post is one in a series designed to combat the belief that it’s “impossible” for men to save sex (or sex from now on) for marriage. Each edition features a man who was a virgin at marriage, who proves that belief wrong, who uses his experience to encourage both men and women who practice chastity.
This edition of CHASTITY IS FOR MEN features James Blanchet, who works for the Department of Juvenile Justice by day and plays the drums, shoots guns and ages beer by night.
He loves mass with incense, dogs with soft ears and listening to jazz on vinyl. He lives in Panama City, Fla. with his wife, Alison. And Bobby Angel once complemented his beard.
James is gracious to help prove that chastity is for men:
Yesterday afternoon I watched a documentary called “After Tiller” on Netflix. Dr. George Tiller was an abortion doctor in Wichita, Kansas who was murdered.
In the wake of his 2009 death, the documentary follows a handful of his colleagues, whose clinics conduct third trimester abortions.
And I liked it.
3 Lessons and 2 Tips is a series of interviews in which some of my favorite people (and probably some of yours) share three lessons they’ve learned by being married, plus two tips for single people.
This edition features marriage and family therapist Tommy Tighe, who married his wife on Nov. 3, 2007 and sometimes gives me awards on the internet (Exhibits A and B).
Tommy is a father of three and the creator of The Essential Catholic Hipster Survival Guide — a “silly little blog.” He is gracious today to share some lessons and tips with us:
AS: How did you meet your wife?