What are the benefits of living together before marriage(cohabitation)? Are there consequences and moral implications?
Now how would you think this True-To-The-Bone Roman Catholic is going to answer this request? A real dillema I am sure.
Before you enter a life of primiscuity let's take a look at life from a different point or view. Before you enter into any of life's challenges you would prepare yourself for any onslaught you may come across in your adventure. Before you entered college you built a basic foundation of education at high school. Although the lower grades seem to be of little significance they too were the fundamentals you needed for high school or junior college.
When preparing for a lifelong relationship with the one you love is no different. It has to be practically experienced no matter how the world may look at it.
You decide you need to get married but from hearing your friends continually bickering about their marriages you become anxious and don't want to hurt or be hurt in the process. Being hurt is the process of growing up and a learning experience. Very few marriages succeed without there being hurt of some kind in the relationship.
Your courtship during the period before marriage is of vital importance. This is the period to really get to know your partner. While courting does it always give you everything you need to know? On the contrary. Sometimes we need to live together to get to know your spouse to be and it has its added advantages. You get to enjoy each other more as well.
Co Habitation has and is becoming more a way of life now than ever before. It removes the worries of marriage breakups and even divorce us do part at a later stage. A very messy afair indeed.
My opinion, even as a staunch catholic, is staying together before marriage (or cohabitation as we all understand), is virtually your duty to your spouse to show commitment. If there are problems you will be given time to sort them out. And if it doesn't turn out as you expected you break it cleanly and with a mutual understanding. Divorce can be both destructive and messy and should be avoided at all costs.
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