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Chastity: The Guardian of Love

05/17/2011 Leave a comment

I just had a good read about “chastity” while trying to collect some links about overpopulation, reproductive health bill and contraception.  A virtue that most of us almost resented and failed to pursue in our life time.

If we are to truly love a person of the opposite sex, we must be able to see much more than the person’s sexual value. We must see their full value as a person and respond to them in selfless love. Wojtyla says that chastity allows us to do just that. “The essence of chastity consists in quickness to affirm the value of the person in every situation and in raising to the personal level all reactions to the value of ‘the body and sex'” (p. 171).

However, the man without chastity sits in a very sad situation: He is not free to love. He may have some good intentions and a sincere desire to care for his beloved, but without chastity, his love will never flourish, for it will not be pure. It will be mixed with a tendency to view his beloved primarily in terms of her sexual values, which make his heart delight in emotional enjoyment or make his body stir in sensual desire. Wojtyla explains that the man without chastity cannot selflessly love his beloved for who she is as a person, because his heart is so preoccupied with the emotional and sensual pleasure he receives from her (p. 164).

Read on using this link.

However, it is not too late, by God’s help and grace, we can pursue this virtue.  As per St. Paul’s statement, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” —Phil 4:13 (NASB).  Even in a married life, God is challenging us, asking us to be “chaste” and see human sexuality in His perspective.  This is why Catholic Church is prohibiting her sons & daughters to use contraceptives.

May God Blesses You!

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