Life in Christ
laws of growth
which progress through stages
marked by imperfection and too often by sin. “Man . . . day by day
builds himself up through his many free decisions; and so he
knows, loves, and accomplishes moral good by stages of
Chastity represents an eminently personal task; it also
for there is “an interdependence between
personal betterment and the improvement of society.”
presupposes respect for the rights of the person, in particular the
right to receive information and an education that respect the moral
and spiritual dimensions of human life.
Chastity is a moral virtue. It is also a gift from God, a
a fruit of spiritual effort.
The Holy Spirit enables one whom the
water of Baptism has regenerated to imitate the purity of Christ.
The integrality of the gift of self
Charity is the
of all the virtues. Under its influence,
chastity appears as a school of the gift of the person. Self-mastery
is ordered to the gift of self. Chastity leads him who practices it to
become a witness to his neighbor of God’s fidelity and loving
The virtue of chastity blossoms in
It shows the
disciple how to follow and imitate him who has chosen us as his
who has given himself totally to us and allows us to
participate in his divine estate. Chastity is a promise of
Chastity is expressed notably in
friendship with one’s neigh-
Whether it develops between persons of the same or opposite
sex, friendship represents a great good for all. It leads to spiritual
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