I’ve been asked why I feel so strongly about the supposed moral/religious pressure groups in Malta on many occasions, and more often than not, my answer is that I do because they simply don’t know when to let it go, nor where the line is. In fact, it seems to me that a lot of these groups actively look for the line and then cross it, probably under direct instructions from Jesus too.
Just yesterday, I was stopped at the door of my own house by two members of the Neocatechumenal Way, who asked if I minded if they came in and spoke to me. I said no, upon which they said “We’re not from Jehovah’s Witnesses.” as if in protest. The brazen arrogance of thinking they had any more right into my abode than Jehovah’s witensses, Zen Buddhists or bloody Rastafarians simply choked me. I just turned and walked.
I don’t go door to door, trying to force people into a discussion of the finer points of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion or Hitchens’ God is Not Great, partly because I can’t afford to, and mostly because I possess basic decency.
This is no one off occurrence. A few weeks ago, for example, we were treated to the spectacle of the anti-divorce group in Malta spamming educators with requests to forward their details on to the group so they join ‘the good fight’. That was irritating, and it did get me hot and bothered, but it’s nothing compared to the anonymous letter a friend of mine received in the mail recently. I’ve asked around about these letters, and I say letters because I know for a fact that at least 4 different couples from far flung corners of the island have received the exact same thing.
I should also explain that my friend is a married man who lives with his wife, of course, and she kept her maiden surname, so on the letterbox of their lovely apartment is says Mr X and Ms Y. This is how they shall be referred from here onwards. Enjoy the letter in its full, albeit translated into English glory below. If you want to read the whole thing in Maltese just view it in the gallery below the English version.
Dear X & Y
I would like you to read this message which I’d like to bring to you.
X & Y, in the last few days, I’ve been out looking for a vacant flat and when I got to XXX street close to XYZ locality, my eyes inadvertently fell upon the letter boxes. On one of them I saw that X and Y were written; two different surnames in a single residence. X & Y, I do not wish to know anything about you, but if I may, I would like to pose a question to you, which you can answer for yourselves.
Do you not agree with me, that if you are living together without having God’s blessing in the sacrament of marriage, you are not acting righteously? X & Y, I would like you to think about what I am writing, so that if you are doing anything that is harmful to the soul you rectify it.
X & Y, Jesus once appeared to a certain Saint Margherita Alacque, and he told her such, while showing her His heart: “This is the Heart that has loved humanity, and has received nothing but ingratitude, show me that you love me.”
X & Y, God is Love and Mercy. X & Y, Christ suffered and died so that we live. X & Y, in the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter XXV, verse 13, Jesus spoke in this manner about death: “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour” X& Y, if not for the love of God, for the fact that your souls will perish if something is amiss.
In his first Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter II, Saint Paul wrote the following regarding heaven: “Things which an eye didn’t see, and an ear didn’t hear, which didn’t enter into the heart of man,these God has prepared for those who love him.”
X & Y, Saint Paul in his letter to the Philippians, Chapter III, verse 8, wrote so: “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”
When Jesus was on this earth, he often spoke of hell. X & Y, in the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter XXII, verse 13, Jesus said of hell: “…into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
X & Y, in Our Lady’s appearances to the three children of Fatima, Our Lady showed them hell! X & Y, Jesus came unto this earth to save us!
Perhaps you too have received a similar piece of junk mail that condemned you to everlasting hellfire and damnation with little more than an afterthought. If you have, maybe you want to let us know in the comments. But maybe you’re too hurt and offended by the letter. All I can do is console you; you’re most probably a good person, you do right by your wife and kids/gay partner/flatmate/uncle with a different surname. The same can’t be said of some busybody who’s too busy trying to dictate how others should live their lives, instead of leaving well enough alone.