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Life in Christ

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Christian purity requires a

purification of the social climate.

It requires of the communications media that their presentations

show concern for respect and restraint. Purity of heart brings free­

dom from widespread eroticism and avoids entertainment in­

clined to voyeurism and illusion.

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So-called

moral permissiveness

rests on an erroneous con­

ception of human freedom; the necessary precondition for the

development of true freedom is to let oneself be educated in the

moral law. Those in charge of education can reasonably be ex­

pected to give young people instruction respectful of the truth, the

qualities of the heart, and the moral and spiritual dignity of man.

2527

“The Good News of Christ continually renews the life and

culture of fallen man; it combats and removes the error and evil

which flow from the ever-present attraction of sin. It never ceases

to purify and elevate the morality of peoples. It takes the spiritual

qualities and endowments of every age and nation, and with

supernatural riches it causes them to blossom, as it were, from

within; it fortifies, completes, and restores them in Christ.”

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IN BRIEF

2528

“Everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already

committed adultery with her in his heart” (

Mt

5:28).

2529

The ninth commandment warns against lust or carnal

concupiscence.

2530

The struggle against carnal lust involves purifying the

heart and practicing temperance.

2531

Purity of heart will enable us to see God: it enables us

even now to see things according to God.

2532

Purification of the heart demands prayer, the practice

of chastity, purity of intention and of vision.

2533

Purity of heart requires the modesty which is pa­

tience, decency, and discretion. Modesty protects the

intimate center of the person.

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