See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
102. Some people, due to circumstances beyond their control, will want to marry, but will not be able to find a spouse. A life of hope and waiting does not mean abandonment to a sterile existence. When living in active readiness for God’s will as it unfolds in one’s own personal history, making Mary’s fiat one’s own, blessings can accrue. Because everyone is called to give and receive love, because Christian love is outward looking, celibacy is a communal practice. When we love one another chastely outside of marriage, the fruit is friendship: “The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship…. Chastity is expressed notably in friendship with one’s neighbor. Whether it develops between persons of the same or opposite sex, friendship represents a great good for all. It leads to spiritual communion.”
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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