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CHASTITY MUST BE SEEN IN RELATION TO MARRIAGE CHASTITY REQUIRES A LIFE-LONG STRUGGLE 2345 Chastity is a moral virtue It is also a gift of God a grace a fruit of spiritual effort Chastity is a promise of immortality 2337 Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being The Church teaches us that we can only understand what chastity is and how it is integral to the whole life of virtue by seeing it first and foremost in relationship to marriage It is first a training ground for the unmarried so that they can learn to give themselves later on in a marriage where the partners will be true to the ends of marriage fidelity indissolubility and openness to children the first pro-life virtue is chastity for it enables us to respect the dignity of the potential or actual human person and facilitates us to show solidarity with others in society and its common good by rendering what is owed to people more serenely Chastity then prevents us from exploiting people for our own pleasures and other hidden agendas For instance if one has chastity then there will be no desire for an abortion which is a grave violation of the fundamental right of a human person to exist CCC 2274 In a certain sense we become what and whom we admire and we admire what and whom we contemplate It will be possible tomorrow for the young to remain faithful in a permanent and exclusive covenant communion with one spouse and open to new life only when sexual drive becomes an integrated part of their lives today by the virtue of chastity
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