“The exclusive donation of self to God in virginity and celibacy has deep roots in the theology of the body, in the beginning and in the resurrection of the body. Christ’s reference to heaven indicates a life without marriage in which man and woman find the fullness of personal gift and communion of persons through glorification in eternal union with God. This is where celibacy for the sake of the kingdom is grounded. But there remains an essential between continence in this world and heavenly life.” – FR. ROGER J. LANDRY, SUMMARY OF JOHN PAUL II’S THEOLOGY OF THE BODY
The Theology of the Body was written by St. Pope John Paul II, he wrote it on human sexualtiy and the beauty of it, we should not be ashamed of it, but we should be respectful and follow God’s teaches on the manor. Sex is a gift from God that should be treated with respect, it’s pure love for another. Saving yourself goes a lot further then ” my parents said it’s bad” our virginity is something that is sacred and we share it within a marriage, it is part of the marital bond between man, woman, and God. Our gift is not something we abuse, it is an important gift that we should keep so we can learn the meaning of love and witness what God intends for us.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us what God intends us to do and to follow his plan for .”God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them, Be fruitful and multiply. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.” Jesus came to earth and when he spoke the Sermon on the Mount he clarified the sixth commandment. ” You shall not commit adultery” this not only means don’t have sex with someone who is married but don’t live your life with lust. Lust is one of the seven deadly sins and it tempts us everywhere we go. Sex is on every billboard and tv station, it’s mentioned in every song and shown in every movie. We must strive to live life with chastity, because of original sin we will always struggle but God expects us to overcome it and be faithful. We can’t always be good and we do fail but God gives us the sacrament of confession to allow us to confess our wrong doings and be forgiven if we are truly sorry. God is all loving and merciful, we must acknowledge his power and love and respect him for it. The Catechism is a guide book on the church’s teaches and we should look to it for help and understanding.
Catholic Church teaches that we should have some sort of Catholic education in our lives and that kids should be taught. It should be in the schools as a part of life science and show the science behind reproduction and families should strive to teach sex to their children and explain the love involved. Sex is a part of life and kids need to know the science behind it. The Church is a big advocator for supporting the education because sex is not supposed to be look at as a funny, disgusting, or perverted thing. Sex is beautiful and should be looked at with a loving mindset and respected topic. Society makes it hard for us to look at because they degrade it into a lustful thing. We should strive to be mature enough to have a loving mindset while studying the topic.
The education on sex is an issue the Catholic Church struggles with because the public school districts are getting their advice from Planed Parenthood of America which is a non- for profit organization ( people thinks it’s good because they don’t charge) providing reproductive health and maternal and child health services. AKA Planned Parenthood is an organization that gives advice and can provide all the ways to hurt yourself in a relationship but make it sound like they are helping you and they care because you support your sexual life and they want you to come to them for any solutions. The public schools look to them to educate our nation’s youth, thats why we have so many STD’s, teenage pregnancies, abortions, gays/lesbians/transgenders, and all the teenage girls on birth control. The Catholic church teaches us to remain abstinent until marriage, the reason being is because we as humans are not mature enough for a sexual relationship until we are married because then it is just us using the other. Marriage represents the unity of two people in love with each other and God to start a family. Thats why sex is called making love, it’s purpose is o be used within a marriage and to procreate. All the advice Planed Parenthood gives us is how to end up being used and feel like we are nothing. They treat sex as a fun activity, they say it’s a healthy part of life and normal. They are right about that but it’s meant to be held within a marriage. When Adam and Eve fell the human race was burden with struggles in life, one of them being lust. Lust is a common thing that everyone has to fight, God expects us to fight it and therefore we should be taught to stay strong and keep that promise. We should not conform with society just because they are teaching us to be sexually active with anyone. We need to stay strong and speak out about the truth and how we need to properly educate our youth in America.