"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love." - BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

The Virtue of Chastity

What does chastity mean to you?  Is it a loss of freedom or is it the gift of authentic love? How you define chastity is how you will 0e57f4192fb44a823faf2bd0ab38ed3dsee its purpose in your life. Chastity is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “the state of not having sex with anyone”. In comparison, the USCCB cites the Catechism of the Catholic Church definition as, “chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being”[1] (no. 2337). As a young person, how do you withstand the peer pressure and glorification of sex in our society and stay true to one’s vow to chastity in today’s world?

The key is remembering that chastity is a decision and promise you make to yourself every day. It is a gateway to the most fulfilling love you can experience. The USCCB affirms that, “…chastity appears as a school of the gift of the person. Self-mastery is ordered to the gift of self. Chastity leads him who practices it to become a witness to his neighbor of God’s fidelity and loving kindness”[2] (no 2346, Blog#3 ChastityCatechism of the Catholic Church).  Therefore, in practicing chastity we master our bodies and our earthly desires and gift our most precious part to one whom we choose in marriage. We must declare our sexual integrity and move through society with a renewed purpose. Chastity is the gift of virtue and it allows you to have a better relationship with God.  Walk in your truth and don’t be deterred from your vows, for the Bible says “How shall a young man be faultless in his way? By keeping to your words” [3] (Psalm 119:9).


*In support of this discussion on Chastity, please note the Diocesan -‘Respect Life’ Office is hosting The Culture Project.

These missionaries are available to present inspiring talks on Human Dignity and Chastity to programs and schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre during October 25th-October 31st, 2015.

For booking contact:

Email: dtellis@drvc.org | Phone: (516) 678-5800 x 626 | Cost: $250.00 donation | Register: online



[1] www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abstinence-and-chastity/index.cfm

[2] www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm?p=37-chapter17.xhtml%23para2344

[3] www.biblegateway.com

Chyva Clarke
About the Author
Chyva Clarke is a Fordham University graduate student in the Master's program of Religious Education: Young Adult and Youth Ministry with a background in counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theology from Fordham. She has six brothers and one sister whom she loves and works closely with to stay current on youth issues. She is the Campus Minister for Hofstra University and plans to continue her career in religious education.
  1. Anonymous Reply

    Love this blog and the weekly topics! Another great one, very inspirational

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