Nowadays, waiting to have sex until marriage is an “out-of-date” idea, but as the video explains, there is a deeper meaning to sex. God has created us to live together, specifically, through the vocation of marriage. The Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him,” – Gn, 2:18. God refers to the companion as someone to help share in the work, but also, and more fundamentally, as a complementary other in the physical, psychological and spiritual expressions of our humanity.
On the one hand, when sexual relations are only motivated by the desire for pleasure, and/or by uncontrolled emotions seeking to fill gaps, the only feeling that follows is one of emptiness. It becomes an empty, meaningless gesture since there is nothing to express and celebrate. On the other hand, The virtue of chastity in the context of marriage involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift. Moreover, chastity helps us not only to understand the meaning of sex, but also its deepest level. The beauty of sex during the marriage is not only procreation but also that the spouses merge in physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. So, romantic love becomes a force that enriches and makes people grow, while at the same time contributing to the culture of love.
Is it Possible to Sustain a Relationship for More than 4 Weeks without Sex?
God created us unique and unrepeatable beings with free will to make decisions. So, if our choice is to live a chaste life, we must be very attentive to the moment of the gift in order to enrich one’s love for other. In consequence, the fruits of chastity can be full of joy inside your heart for eternity!
Striving for purity of heart, man can be able to see the image of God in the marital context: husband and wife. Therefore, only self-mastery will allow you to give yourself as a full and free gift. Practicing self-mastery either while single or in a romantic relationship will be challenging but at the same time full of joy. The fruits of this effort will, when you get married, be the joyful knowledge that you have cooperated with God and your spouse to create something beautiful and worthy.
God has shown us how much he loves us in several ways. He first loved us –John 4:19 Thus, we are called to love our significant others like he did on the Cross with an authentic love. An authentic and Pure love where you can make your significant other more virtuous. “Like the love of God, this is a love capable of generosity. One desires the good of the other because he or she is recognized as worthy of being loved. This is a love that generates a communion between persons” education within the family (the pontifical council for the family, some 1995)
Chastity is not easy; it means going against the current seeking the freedom of love. If you accept the challenge, the grace of God will make it possible.
We invite you to join us for our online workshop.
What is the Challenge?
Annulments, some say it’s just “Catholic divorce.” Others believe that if you simply pay enough, the Church will “say” you were never married. But what is the truth? What, really, are annulments in the Catholic Church? What do they do? What’s the process? What did Pope Francis do a year or so ago that changed the process? And what effect does it have in my life?
What is the Online Workshop About?
In the Online Workshop we’re going to be discussing what for many people is a confusing topic: Marriage annulments. These are the points that Fr Bateman will explain:
• The Marriage bond – how it is contracted and what is required • What an annulment really says and does • Why the Church can “annul” non-Catholic marriages • What an annulment DOESN’T do • How the process works • How Pope Francis altered the process • Then we’ll have some time for your questions
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