Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chastity in America

With the current  attack on all things pure, good, and holy in our culture, the Catholic Church fights back at a grassroots level explaining the need for chastity of mind, heart and soul. This is a maligned and misunderstood concept and is not for singles only. We are to remain chaste in marriage as well. The Pure in Heart organization is providing the wherewithal for young people to stay pure in opposition to the  current our society is moving in.
Check out Seth DeMoor's interview with a gentleman from Pure in Heart apostolate.

 Pope Benedict recently encouraged the American Church on this very topic.
  "In this great pastoral effort there is an urgent need for the entire Christian community to recover an appreciation of the virtue of chastity. The integrating and liberating function of this virtue (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2338-2343) should be emphasized by a formation of the heart, which presents the Christian understanding of sexuality as a source of genuine freedom, happiness and the fulfillment of our fundamental and innate human vocation to love. It is not merely a question of presenting arguments, but of appealing to an integrated, consistent and uplifting vision of human sexuality. The richness of this vision is more sound and appealing than the permissive ideologies exalted in some quarters; these in fact constitute a powerful and destructive form of counter-catechesis for the young.
"Young people need to encounter the Church’s teaching in its integrity, challenging and counter-cultural as that teaching may be; more importantly, they need to see it embodied by faithful married couples who bear convincing witness to its truth."


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