I know that Pope John Paul II has been deceased for some time, but found this article short, precise, and informative in information to encourage our young adults. Chastity will always be relevant in relationships where the notion is allowed to take prevalence among believers in the faith of Christianity. Chastity is also very common among other cultures and religions. Chastity keeps disease away at large, creates emotional stability in relationships, stabilizing young couples in the preparation of marriage well before vows are exchanged.
I found this article to be an excellent read in content. I was especially impressed of Poe John Paul II comments, "This too requires a kind of education," "As young Christians, you must carefully prepare to become good spouses and good parents with families of your own," "Essential to preparing for marriage is your vocation to chastity." Everything in life has a preparation season even in our realization to protect ourselves while in our relationships. Preparing gives the believer a foothold to succeed further in commitment. God expects commitment to follow all Biblical ways that will bring blessings to us if only we would obey. The willingness to remain chaste is no exception. Enjoy your reading.
Chastity is Essential to Marriage Preparation
by Pope John Paul II
Most of you will walk the path of life in marriage. This too requires a kind of education. You need to equip yourselves for the magnificent commitment of marriage and founding of a family - the most important unit of the Christian community. As young Christians, you must carefully prepare to become good spouses and good parents with families of your own.
Essential to preparing for marriage is your vocation to chastity. I know that young people reject hypocrisy. You want to be honest with yourselves and others. A chaste person is honest. When God created us He gave us more than one way to "speak" to each other. Besides expressing ourselves through speech, we express ourselves through our bodies. Gestures are like "words" that tell who we are. Sexual actions are "words" that reveal our hearts. The Lord wants us to use our sexuality according to His plan. He expects us to "speak" truthfully.
Honest sexual "language" requires a commitment to lifelong fidelity. To give your body to another person symbolizes the total gift of yourself to that person. But if you are not married, you are admitting that you might change your mind in the future. Total self-giving would then be absent. Without the bond of marriage, sexual relations are a lie. And for Christians, Marriage means sacramental marriage.
Chastity - which means respecting the dignity of others because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (Cor. 6:19) leads you to grow in love for others and for God. It prepares you to make the "sincere gift of self" that is the basis of Christian marriage. More important, it teaches you to learn to love as Christ loves, laying down His life for others (John 15:13).
Do not be deceived by the empty words of those who ridicule chastity or your capacity for self-control. The strength of your future married love depends on the strength of your present commitment to learning true love, a chastity which includes refraining from all sexual relations outside of marriage. The sexual restraint of chastity is the only safe and virtuous way to put an end to the tragic plague of AIDS which has claimed so many young victims.
Helped by God's grace in the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, "be strong and of good courage" (Dt. 31:6) the Pope urges you to commit yourself to this spiritual revolution of purity of body and heart. Let Christ's redemption bear fruit in you! The contemporary world needs this kind of revolution!
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