3.18.2011

Chastity: A Gift


Catholics are called to be examples to others of chaste living. By cherishing the gift of our body and helping others to truly respect themselves, we show God how much we love Him.

Any young person who desires to be chaste or to recover a chaste lifestyle has the opportunity to take up the cross and follow Jesus. He has promised always to be there to help us. The Lord never abandons us, but we must be open to receiving his assistance.

Jesus asks us to pray constantly. This is necessary for anyone trying to live the virtue of chastity. Uniting ourselves to Christ in an ongoing relationship of prayer is the only way to succeed. This includes anything from the simple yet profound “Help me, Jesus” to more formal prayers such as the Rosary, or asking Mary, our Mother, and the Saints to help us by their intercession.

The Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist help us on our journey to live chaste lives. If we commit a sin of impurity alone or with another person, the Sacrament of Reconciliation communicates to us God’s forgiveness and merciful love. All we need to do is approach his throne of mercy with sincere sorrow in Confession and we are assured that all our sins are forgiven. We can start anew with hope. The Eucharist is the summit of our faith because through the Sacrament we enter into an intimate union with Jesus Christ by receiving his body, blood, soul and divinity in Holy Communion. His body nourishes us and sanctifies our body.