Saturday, March 27, 2004

In response to some comments to the previous post

I post the sections from the Catechism on virginity for the sake of the kingdom. I plan to speak more on this issue in the future. The last quote in the Catechism is from St. John Chrysostom, by the way--the footnotes don't work. Go here to get the Vatican text.

for the sake of the Kingdom

Christ is the center of all Christian life. the bond with him takes precedence
over all other bonds, familial or social.113 From the very beginning of
the Church there have been men and women who have renounced the great good of
marriage to follow the Lamb wherever he goes, to be intent on the things of the
Lord, to seek to please him, and to go out to meet the Bridegroom who is
coming.114 Christ himself has invited certain persons to follow him in
this way of life, of which he remains the model:

"For there are eunuchs
who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs
by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of
the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive

Virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven is an unfolding of baptismal
grace, a powerful sign of the supremacy of the bond with Christ and of the
ardent expectation of his return, a sign which also recalls that marriage is a
reality of this present age which is passing away.116

Both the sacrament of Matrimony and virginity for the Kingdom of God come from
the Lord himself. It is he who gives them meaning and grants them the grace
which is indispensable for living them out in conformity with his
will.117 Esteem of virginity for the sake of the kingdom118 and
the Christian understanding of marriage are inseparable, and they reinforce
each other:

Whoever denigrates marriage
also diminishes the glory of virginity. Whoever praises it makes virginity more
admirable and resplendent. What appears good only in comparison with evil would
not be truly good. the most excellent good is something even better than what
is admitted to be good.119

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