Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fr. James's Homily: 11th Sunday in Ordinary time

Chastity Is Not An Easy Virtue To Live
Lust, one of the seven deadly sins, challenges us daily to a duel over who is to be in control. For most people of our times, the battle to regulate our appetites and to acquire the virtue of chastity involves a dramatic struggle. Lust is a powerful and destructive force that needs to be dealt with very seriously.

We can uproot lust from our hearts only through the regular practice of the virtue of chastity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being. Sexuality, in which man's belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift" (CCC 2337).

For entire homily click here.

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