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Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chastity

in a hook-up culture of
moral relativism where
right and wrong is based on
my subjective viewpoint and is
always right for me
feelings are enthroned
pleasure is worshiped
narcissism enshrined
desires deified
freedom is transformed into
slavery as our whims
thrust sex into degradation- used
merely as a recreational pastime-
by willing players
outdoing one another to
win the Oscar for
Best Performer in an
Erotic Fantasy
the dignity of the
human person is
corrupted
others-even ourselves-
are there to be used to
satiate our
infinite cravings
obsessed as objects
for our compulsions-
no longer as subjects
to be respected
rather than
being our servant
sex becomes our
overbearing master
which reaps what it sows
with STD's abounding
and HIV/AIDS destroying
even the innocent
yet its gravest penalty is the
death of the soul
placing our own desires
above God's Word only to be
lost in the self-centered mire of sin
but as powerful a drive as sex is
Grace is more potent to
live a life of Chastity-
the freedom to live God's plan
for human sexuality-
an expression of the
gift of self to our spouse-
the embodied donation of
1 man and 1 woman in
marriage ordered to the
fruit of children-
nature's obvious fit-
not just a choice but
an objective truth
not hateful and repressive
but loving and liberating
a symbol of
Christ's Selfless Gift to His Bride-
the Church- as well as the
Mystical Union of the Trinity-
whether married or single
we are all called to be chaste-
a sacrifice of Love-
yet the power of sex drives
lustful temptation toward
its misuse seemingly
everywhere we turn
and though we may
struggle to be faithful
freedom begins in humility
repentance
surrendering our
minds hearts and wills to
the Savior and Lord
admitting our need for
His Power in prayer and
Sacramental Life
living in the light by
seeking the support of our
brothers and sisters
in the Lord
virtue is gained through
prudent self-discipline
an expression of our desire to
love the Lord above all and
whose intimate Spirit is
within the Temple of our bodies
Chastity is a jewel in
the crown of Glory
not resulting in a life
unfulfilled
unhappy and
frustrated
but of
Joy in the Lord

Reflection/Discussion:
-Is Chastity a valued virtue in your life? How?
-What is moral relativism?
-How does a "hook-up culture" degrade people?
-How do you guard your relationship with the Lord regarding Chastity?
-What does "prudent self-discipline" mean in this context?
-What are the "near occasions of sin" in your life?
-What support do you have for a chaste life?
-What is the "natural law" argument for one man, one woman marriage?