If marital intercourse, therefore, expresses a unique relationship and union, this derives not from the sharing of a sensation but from the sharing of a power – of a sexual power that is complementary and extraordinary, and which is extraordinary precisely in virtue of its life-relatedness.[click to continue...]
On the question, is making out before marriage a sin, the answer would appear to be in the negative. After all, no intercourse is taking place, and so it would seem as though it does not violate the Sixth Commandment (“Thou shall not commit adultery” [Ex 20:14]).[click to continue...]
As the biographer relates, the sight of her lover’s dead body left a deep impression on the native of Montepulciano. She mourned the loss of Arsenio and then soon realized the peril of his soul in the afterlife. She realized she too had not lived a life of purity and might die at any time.
Thus, St. Margaret of Cortona had a radical conversion and set out to practice penance for the rest of her life in reparation for the sins she committed.[click to continue...]
The right-to-life movement would be essentially erased, if pro-life advocates adopt Renkl’s short-sighted supposed solution.
Let’s begin by observing the most obvious error in her thinking. That is, by agreeing to not talk about the issues of abortion, contraception, so-called “gay marriage,” L.G.B.T. issues, and so forth, we would thus guarantee their further decaying of our culture. Only by shining a light into the darkness of sinful behavior does such behavior ever end. “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them,” the Bible instructs (Eph 5:11).[click to continue...]
Yet, a Christian is called to go against the cultural flow. We are required to oppose the world and its ideals. These days the world expects you to be sexually active from your teen years and beyond. Therefore, to be a nonconformist is to actually fulfill God’s will for you by remaining pure.[click to continue...]
In his Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas states, “I answer that, Chastity takes its name from the fact that reason ‘chastises’ concupiscence, which, like a child, needs curbing, as the Philosopher [Aristote] states (Ethic. iii, 12). Now the essence of human virtue consists in being something moderated by reason, as shown above (Summa I-II, 64, 1). Therefore it is evident that chastity is a virtue” (II-II, 151, 1, co.).[click to continue...]
“What is at all costs to be avoided is the unfounded and demeaning assumption that the sexual behavior of homosexual persons is always and totally compulsive and therefore inculpable. -CDF[click to continue...]
“Her last words were, ‘I forgive Alessandro Serenelli… and I want him with me in heaven forever.’[click to continue...]
Choke down a salad or a tuna sandwich instead. Sure, it won’t taste as good, but that’s the point. The point in doing this is to deny your appetites their ends, so they don’t control you.[click to continue...]
Indulgence and lust comprise the recipe for a “more productive” man? He may find a sanctuary from stress for a short while. But the eternal damn fire he just signed up for will burn for all eternity.[click to continue...]