Sexual Chastity and Purity: One of the most beautiful and powerful gifts the Lord
has given us is our sexuality. But it must be reverenced and respected. When our
sexuality is misused, it can be ugly, destructive to ourselves and others and addictive.
It also destroys Christian faith. In our Catholic Christian tradition, chastity is
synonymous with sexual purity. Chastity means not having any sexual relations before
marriage. Many today would dismiss that as old fashioned and yet we all know, deep
in our hearts, there is something beautiful when a couple wait until they are married.
It is a major news story now when a celebrity announces that they are waiting until
marriage. The loss of chastity in today’s world of free and easy sex has caused a
lot of pain and heartbreak and for some people it has made them incapable of finding
a true and loving relationship. The power and pleasure of sex when misused causes
a lot of pain and destruction. The Church will be accused of being old fashioned
– yet if we don’t teach and preach sexual chastity to young people and remain silent,
we are robbing the young people of true happiness in their relationships. The easy
availability of contraceptives has destroyed the natural beauty of sexuality and
of true pure love.
Chastity also means fidelity to husband or wife during marriage. In catholic morality
chastity is placed opposite the deadly sin of lust, and is classified as one of seven
virtues. The moderation of sexual desires is required to be virtuous. This also applies
to people who have taken vows of celibacy. Jesus teaches us in Mark chapter 7, 20:
“What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of person’s
heart, that evil thoughts come: sexual immorality etc …….” Jesus also taught in the
Gospel of Matthew: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”.
If we want to take Jesus seriously, we must take purity seriously. In today’s world
where lust and love are one, this is a challenging teaching, but it is teaching of
the Saviour. He knows our need for happiness and he knows what will give the greatest
joy to the human heart and that is being able to master oneself. He also knows about
the immodesty and pornography that is making His teaching see, irrelevant. Let us
always remember He wants us to have happy and truly loving relationships, not ones
that are based on lust and selfishness. May the Holy Spirit inspire a new wave of
purity in Ireland and in the world.
A word of Thanks to everybody for participating in last Sunday’s Corpus Christi procession.
Thanks especially to the 1st Communion children, their parents, teachers and helpers.
Thanks to everybody who worked behind the scenes to prepare for the event. Thanks
too, to all who decorated their home and businesses. You all brought joy to the Eucharistic
Heart of Jesus, and for that you have brought the Blessing of God down on our community.
Let us always be devoted to the Holy Eucharist and to Mass. In 304, in North Africa
in a place called Abitinia, 49 Christians were caught celebrating Mass, they were
arrested and put to death by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Before he died one of
them said: “Without the Eucharist we are dead “. Let us always be faithful to the