See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
108. For this reason, parishes should pay careful attention to the social dimension of chastity and celibacy. Celibacy imposes unique challenges, and, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church observes, learning sexual self-mastery has a cultural aspect: we are interdependent persons, and practicing chastity is either helped or hindered by our social situation. The possibilities for life which young people find imaginable depend on the examples they see and the stories they hear.
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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