A lot is made of Americans’ need for “instant gratification.” Think fast-food, credit cards, and the endless supply of mindless entertainment available on the internet. In my latest piece, I apply modernity’s compulsive qualities to two distinct, but interrelated areas: holidays and marriage. In both instances, we seem to have an inability to “wait,” too often “celebrating” the occasion long before the Big Day has arrived. The results are predicable: dissatisfaction and unsustainability.
Of course, the Church has a more refreshing take on things, an approach that leads joy that’s more authentic and longer-lasting. Because some things are worth the wait.