Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Authentic love includes respecting each other and seeking each other’s good. Though at times challenging in its self-sacrificial nature, it helps us become more fully who we are created to be and leads to our ultimate happiness.
God’s call to love encompasses all relationships and helps us understand the importance of chastity. Although often an “unpopular word,” Pope Francis reminds us of its true essence: “[I]t is in fact the way of genuine love… which does not seek to use the other for one’s own pleasure. It is a love that considers the life of the other person sacred: ‘I respect you, I don’t want to use you.’”*
Pray for us, Blessed Mother, that we may follow your example of authentic love.
Discover reasons for and benefits of chastity from the perspective of a young woman committed to the Church’s vision of human sexuality in “Love 101: Back to Basics,” a light-hearted, but informative, article.
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