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"Chastity is not a teeth-gritting ability to avoid violating the sexual rules but a habit of reverence for oneself and others that enables us to use our sexual powers intelligently in the pursuit of human flourishing and happiness."1

According to One More Soul Website2,

"Chastity is a virtue that directs all our sexual desires, emotions, and attractions toward the dignity of the person and the real meaning of love."

"Chastity is a virtue that each baptized person is called to live no matter what his or her vocation. Chastity is more about what you are doing than about what you are not doing. It is SO MUCH MORE than remaining a “technical virgin.” Chastity is actually at the heart of a good marriage. So if chastity is lived even after marriage, then it has to be more than just saying NO to sex."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that chastity is "the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being."3

Chastity does not mean refraining from sex. It simply means using the gift of sex in accordance to how the creator intended it to be used. That is, within a marriage "the ideal of chastity is that the love between a man and a woman - body and soul, sexual and spiritual - will be permanent, exclusive, and faithful." It could also be added to this - open to new life. And, "In the context of singleness, it is that we, in our loving one another, will not misuse our sexuality, but will be celibate."1

CHASTITY prevents:
• sexually transmitted infections
• unplanned pregnancy
• the need to consider abortion
• self-loathing
• emptiness

Ressentiment - the rejecting and disparaging of something that is good and strong, such as the virtue of chastity because it is perceived to be unattainable. One is still aware that that virtue is good and desirable, however, because it is believed to be unattainable one rationalizes it as bad and rejects it.1


1. Matt Fradd. 2016. Chastity as a Virtue
2. One More Soul Website.
3. Catechism of the Catholic Church, St. Paul MN, Wanderer Press, 1994, Paragraph 2337.