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Chastity and the Church Abstinence is defined as saying no to sexual activity. While the Church does teach abstinence for unmarried people, it may be useful to consider the term chastity as an alternative. Chastity is a virtue which enables us to live our sexuality in a healthy way in the state of life we are now living. Chastity is a Power that allows us to control sexual situations rather than allowing those situations to control us. Chastity Begins with understanding and acceptance of who we are. Chastity Challenges us to learn about and to enjoy who we are as a sexual person in appropriate ways. When we say “no” to sexual intercourse outside marriage, we are saying “no” to sexual intercourse that really isn’t an expression of committed love in the first place. Chastity is a positive choice, rather than avoidance. Chastity is asking God to help you make the right decisions when dealing with your own sexuality as well as the sexuality of others. A) In your own notes, list the possible consequences a young person should consider before choosing to have sex. Discuss as a class your answers! B) Why do you think young people may choose to have sex before marriage? C) Why might others choose to wait until marriage? D) How does media’s depict the purpose of sexual activity? The Church’s teachings are very clear about artificial contraception and abortion. Sexual intercourse is intended as a gift from God to be shared by a husband and wife for two purposes: a. To unite them and express their love for one another b. To welcome children into their lives. Chastity Is... A special help from God that enables me to: recognize my sexuality as beautiful and good respect my sexuality and my fertility control my sexual powers control my sexual thoughts and desires live my gift of sexuality the way God intended save the gift of myself for marriage love and respect my spouse. Chastity is... a gift from God for every person in every state of life a powerful virtue a foundation for real intimacy purity of mind and body protection of my dignity as a human person freedom to love. Chastity is... sexual goodness sexual self-control never using another person good for me good for my soul good for the people I love pleasing to God. Chastity is... not always easy, but it is always possible with God's help. Chastity is... worth it because I'm worth it... and so is my spouse. Reading activity: “Early Sexual Activity: The Big Lie”, from Turning Points pg. 235 Reading activity: “Early Sexual Activity: The Big Lie”, from Turning Points pg. 235 List the misconceptions, inappropriate messages, and “BIG LIES” that are being taught about sexual activity to young people via media and our current culture according to this article.