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VIDEO: Kimberly Hahn teaches on the Real Essence of Life and Chastity

Using Scripture and the Catechism, Kimberly Hahn teaches on the true meaning of chastity. It's an apprenticeship in self-mastery and the successful integration of sexuality in a person's life. Everybody married or single is called to chastity. To learn about the 2011 Defending the Faith Conference go to http://www.franciscanconferences.com

Total Video Length 5:04

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From Father to Son — J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex

Tuesday • March 11, 2014
The astounding popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings–magnified many times over by the success of the “Lord of the Rings” films–has ensured that Tolkien’s fantasy world of moral meaning stands as one of the great literary achievements of our times.
In some sense, Tolkien was a man born out of time. A philologist at heart, Tolkien was most at home in the world of ancient ages, even as he witnessed the barbarism and horrors of the 20th century. Celebrated as a popular author, he was an eloquent witness to permanent truths. His popularity on... Read More

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Priestly Celibacy Deserves a Closer Look

By Michael Bradley | December 19, 2013 at Ethika Politica
Bill Keller’s recent New York Times opinion piece—“Sex and the Single Priest”—gathers together nicely in one place all of the typical stereotypes and shallow reflections (which Fr. James Martin aptly identifies and briefly rebuts here) on why celibacy is asked of Catholic priests.
Keller’s piece is a reminder that Catholic priestly celibacy—which although not of doctrinal status, nevertheless is and always has been deeply rooted in much more than a “tradition” the geneses of which were historical/financial accidents of the 12th century—deserves a closer look from the culture. (In point... Read More

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What is the Theology of the Body?

Sheen: People and Things

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Real Catholic Speed Dating

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Wants to Hear…

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Is there anyone with whom you are compatible; that is, with whom you are willing to suffer?

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Hey Girl

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Don’t Hate Me…

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She's Into TOB

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Motivational Poster

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What is Theology of the Body?

The 'Theology of the Body' is Pope John Paul II's integrated vision of the human person - body, soul, and spirit. As he explains, the physical human body has a specific meaning and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about us and our lives:
- Is there a real purpose to life and if so, what is it?
-Why were we created male and female? Does it really matter if we are one sex or another?
-Why were man and woman called to communion from the beginning? What does the marital union of a man and woman say... Read More

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Wikipedia - Theology of the Body

Theology of the Body is the topic of a series of 129 lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences in the Pope Paul VI Hall between September 1979 and November 1984. It was the first major teaching of his pontificate. The complete addresses were later compiled and expanded upon in many of John Paul's encyclicals, letters, and exhortations.
The delivery of the Theology of the Body series did have interruptions. For example, the Wednesday audiences were devoted to other topics during the Holy Year of Redemption in 1983.[1]
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The work covers such topics as the... Read More

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Theology of the Body Explained

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Pyramid of Intimacy

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Christopher West on the Theology of the Body

“’For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, and it refers to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32)
If the typical Christian in our culture spilled the contents of his mind on a table, ideas about sex would probably look a lot more like Hugh Hefner’s vision than the apostle Paul’s presented above. Hugh Hefner has been one of the most successful “evangelists” of our time. The world is starved for love, and when the Church fails to proclaim... Read More

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Chastity Articles

Top 10 Reasons Men Should Practice Custody of the Eyes

As a follow-up to Top 10 Reasons Women Should Dress Modestly, I give you the following:
Thanks to The Ironic Catholic for the suggestion.
10 - It helps teach discipline.
Men should discipline themselves to be in control of their passions and not allow passions to control them.
9 - It avoids the near occasion of sin.
To avert your eyes when you feel tempted to use a woman lustfully is a good thing.
“But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” -Matt 5:19.
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Top 10 Reasons Women Should Dress Modestly

10 - Modesty reflects an understanding of who a woman truly is.
Modesty starts inside a person's heart and mind. Who am I? Why do I exist? If a woman answers she is a beautiful daughter of God, then modesty will naturally follow.
9 - Modesty isn't about dressing in unattractive clothes as some think it is.
There are too many options in clothing to not give modesty a try. Yes, it might not be the first thing on the rack you go shopping for, but it is worth finding clothing that brings out a woman's beauty without revealing too… Read More

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Men sacrificing themselves for women

26 July 2009 in religion & spirituality | Tags: apostolates, men, sacrifice, women
When many people think of Ephesians 5, they think of the part about women submitting to their husbands. But men are called to an even greater, more demanding duty: to love and sacrifice themselves for their wives as Christ loved and sacrificed himself for the Church. That is, completely, even to death.
This powerful exhortation to men is the focus of this wonderful apostolate I just learned about: e5 Men
From their site:
HUSBANDS FASTING FOR THEIR WIVES
The e5 Man fasts for his bride to imitate… Read More

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Chastity in Country Music?

Generations for Life Blog Posted by Victoria (June 16, 2011 at 11:14 am)

I’ll be honest. I’m a big country music fan. In an age of techno, digitally mastered music, there is just something about country that feels so authentic. So, when I’m driving around, I’m often tuned into our local country music radio.
Sometimes I will have to switch the station because, well, some of the songs can get…er…raunchy. And honestly, I just don’t want listen to it. So when I recently heard a new song released by the band Lady Antebellum, I immediately fell in love with it... Read More

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Pursuing Chastity & Finding Love

Chastity is the most unpopular of Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it; the Christian rule is, “Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.” Now this is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts, that obviously either Christianity is wrong or our sexual instinct, as it now is, has gone wrong. One or the other. Of course, being a Christian, I think it is the instinct which has gone wrong.
-C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity
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Your Daughter and Modesty

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Bryan Davis
“All the girls at school are wearing these, why can’t I?”… “It’s my body; shouldn’t I decide what to put on it?” These questions reflect the timeless struggle between girls and their parents over the issue of modesty. This issue is more critical than ever in today’s society where adolescents are encouraged by the media and their peers to act and dress years older than they actually are. Everywhere you look, young girls—whether in real life, on television, or in advertisements—are dressed in ways that emphasize their sexuality and degrade who they... Read More

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On the Beauty of Chastity

Jeff Gill
We're heading into the heart of commencement season, with advice and counsel freely provided to captive audiences.
You'll hear some good ones, you'll hear some bad ones, all of them well-intended and some ("Use sunscreen") quite brief, as well as helpful.
The late David Foster Wallace gave what is considered to be one of the best commencement speeches of the last few decades, just up the road at Kenyon College in 2005. It's been turned, since his recent tragic death, into a book ("This is Water"), and the text of the basic address itself is easy to find... Read More

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Chastity Ain't for Wimps

Disclaimer about the post title:
*ain't is a word in the dictionary, and I'm from the South since 1790
*sorry if the word wimp offends you; you can substitute it with the word sissy

Yesterday my wife and I finished up our school year long class to high schoolers at our parish on Blessed JPII's Theology of the Body. High schoolers can be a little squirmy, but the class ended really well and I believe the students learned a lot and were encouraged to live out their vocation to the fullest.
There were many "take-aways", but a strong theme emerged... Read More

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