CatholicHerald.co.uk » Nowadays, chastity is the ultimate rebellion

The Triumphs of Love, Chastity, and Death (cas...

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There are several things I like about this article. first it’s always wonderful to see somebody escape from what has become too often a destructive, nihilistic culture and emerge into the light of Grace.

It’s also nice to see this issue presented as a positive, too often it’s thought of as denial, it’s not, as she shows here.

A bit from her article,

Modern-day Tannhäusers are all around us: men and women addicted to pornography; singles seeking love through sex; and spouses desiring pleasure to the exclusion of procreation. Our Catholic faith teaches that a way of forgiveness and restoration is open to them. Yet all too often we give them up for lost, speaking of chastity as if it were a virtue reserved only for virgins. In doing so, we effectively buy into the culture’s lie that slaves to pleasure will never be able to find freedom in Christ. […]

A line in the first chapter jumped out at me: “The most poetical thing in the world is not being sick.” That was my black grace moment. At the time I read those words I was trapped in a vicious cycle. Lonely because I was not loved, I offered myself to “lovers” who did not love me. Chesterton forced me to recognise what I had been trying to suppress: how deeply I longed to experience healing, to have my life ordered from the top down, to know the poetry of not being sick.

With time (and more Chesterton), I began to experience the white grace of conversion. But reluctant to put myself under the authority of any particular denomination, I tried to walk the Christian walk on my own. I soon discovered that changing my beliefs wasn’t enough to change my habits.

It was clear that all the desires I had ever indulged had failed to bring me closer to the love I sought. And it was likewise clear that the only way I would ever receive such love was if I learnt how to give it properly. But how was I to learn?

How indeed. We live in a culture that denies anything has lasting value. Whose catchphrase far too often is “What have you done for me, lately?” And yet lasting values are still here, there’s a fair number of us who know this, maybe not the majority, and certainly not the loudest minority, but we are here.

And this:

Admittedly, chastity is not the in thing. But in a society that has ceased to be Christian, that is what makes it so very interesting. Here in the West, Christianity had a good, long run as the prevailing culture and is now once again the counterculture.

Pope Francis gets this. That is why, when he speaks about chastity, he uses the language of rebellion. Addressing young people on the theme of the diocesan World Youth Day 2015 – “Blessed are the pure in heart” – he urged them to “rebel against the widespread tendency to reduce love to something banal, reducing it to its sexual aspect alone … [Rebel] against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, that believes you are incapable of true love.”

 

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That may just explain a lot about Pope Francis, maybe he sees something that we don’t, a way of reaching young people, who want something better. I’d like to believe that anyway.

And one that is assuredly true, our culture does not believe us to be capable of responsibility for ourselves, nor does it know the difference between lust and love, and without knowing the difference, society will suffer badly, as will we who become too involved in it.

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16 Responses to CatholicHerald.co.uk » Nowadays, chastity is the ultimate rebellion

  1. More Catholicism eh? Interesting, but I have been there and done that! (Allow me to disagree?) It is always again interesting that arguments here are hardly biblically stated? (Catholic celibacy) Your blog NEO, but you sure appear awfully Catholic friendly for a Lutheran? But, I know the old “mystical” and ‘High Church’ pull! I prefer some of the EO here myself! 😉

    *Luther knew that without the direct call of God, celibacy was a false road!

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    • NEO says:

      As do I. but she’s not talking about celibacy, is she? She’s talking about chastity, which is another thing entirely.

      Catholic friendly/ Well, yeah but then I am an Evangelical non-Roman Catholic, you know. :0

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      • Well whenever “Francis” is put in the mix, I always must question it, since he is hardly consistent? Chastity for Catholics is always foremost pressed close to celibacy, and that is always presented in Catholicism as the High Road! Been there too! Note, I did not marry until I was 38, but I was sadly no virgin!

        *Btw, surely NOT attacking Chesterton here, but some historians feel he did have some homosexual desires of his own, and a strange marriage with Frances? He was very harsh with Wilde! But, we cannot know such things, these are guesses!

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        • NEO says:

          You’d be far more effective, if you’d quit worrying about people’s sexuality, it cost you a large amount of credibility. No, catholic have no more problem separating chastity and celibacy than anyone else.

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        • Well we will disagree here! Even doing some hospital chaplain work, I hear and see more sexual problems than any other! And sadly today the lines of sexual identity are right here also! Note too btw, I have had classes on sexual psychology myself, and Freud is still quite in the mix today! Note here also, the whole unconscious and subconscious, collective unconscious, etc. Karl Jung.

          *Btw, no need to get upset here, this is hardly black and white, and if you really look deeper at Catholic Theology, you find much in the nature problematics here! Catholic Moral Theology went off the tracks somewhere!

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        • Here of course I speak more of the Jesuit Social Gospel, etc.

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        • And oh yes, sin is black and white, but how it works “in” us is always a mystery! That is why I am something of a “Voluntarist”, which is generally a position seeing reason and intellect as subservient to the will! As the theological position that all values are so through being chosen by God! Here is Pascal, as others, etc.

          *Note, that “modern mind” of Blaise! Such a realist was Pascal!

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  2. the unit says:

    Well it’s up to me to break the ice. Fr. is sad he was not a virgin. Well…he once was so be happy.
    And my favorite song in the mid ’70s was ‘Afternoon Delight.’ Now just the last line, Verse I, of ‘American Pie’…”But I knew I was out of luck…The day the music died” 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      And the first song i ever recorded was, “Venus’ by Shocking blue, if memory serves, and yes, i still like it. 🙂

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    • I am thankfully just a man, a sinful man of God’s ‘grace and glory’, now! Aye, music, since I have been playing guitar since I was about 8, I like my share! I miss old Dan Fogelberg myself! (1951-2007)…Leader of the Band!

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      • the unit says:

        Fr. Robert, there is a radio ad in these parts aimed for folks who say they don’t want to attend churches filled with hypocrites. Pastor guy says …Church is a hospital for sinners, not a resort for swingers…or something to that effect. 🙂

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        • Well Unit, thanks for the thumbs up! But I was too an old “swinger” (or so I thought), but now I am just a “sinner”! But one saved by grace! Yes the true church is always a spiritual hospital for sinful beings! Man or humanity will not escape the battle of Romans 7: 13-25 in this life, but as I believe this “humanity” in the text, is regenerate Christians, who in this life never escape the “flesh” till death!

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        • Btw Unit, It appears we are the only one’s to admit here we chased women a bit in our younger years! Sometimes Christians think the battle of the sexes is over, but in reality it never is! And even when your married the husband should keep the passion for his wife, but of course the wife’s should help also. 😉 I can’t remember, but your still married right?

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        • the unit says:

          Yes. And glad for it.

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