• How does chastity permit true
knowledge of another person?
– Chastity allows true knowledge of the complete
person—not just a physical intimacy
• How does practicing self-denial through
chastity help train us for marriage?
– Dating “practices” for marriage
– Whatever our habits are in dating will be our
habits in marriage
• Imagine you are a nun. Woo-hoo!
Name as many advantages to being a
nun as you can think of: consider what
nuns do, wear, own, etc. What might be
fun? Next, name some challenges you
think would arise in religious life. What
things might be hard to give up?
Where did the concept of
consecrated religious life
1. Poverty, chastity, obedience as seen
2. Virginity as a sign of the kingdom
to come (heaven) as seen in Mary
What freedoms do nuns have (that
married people do not) for pursuing
poverty, chastity and obedience?
1. POVERTY: free from material concerns
2. OBEDIENCE: free to pursue spiritual
3. CHASTITY: free from the responsibilities
of marriage and family
Of course, this pursuit isn’t easy…
1. Poverty: material hardship
2. Obedience: personal flexibility and
3. Chastity: loneliness, no physical
What is the difference between
active and contemplative orders?
1. Active: work in society; ministry
2. Contemplative: work within the
How do consecrated sisters and brothers
live out the evangelical counsels (poverty,
obedience and chastity)?
1. POVERTY: own nothing individually and
sometimes as an entire community
2. OBEDIENCE: submit to a religious superior
or the local bishop
3. CHASTITY: remain celibate and “marry” God
What is the symbolism of
1. Celibacy is voluntary (just like marriage)
2. Celibacy points to the union with God in
Heaven that we will all experience
3. Celibacy is a sign that we expect the
Resurrection of the body along with the soul
What is the significance and
purpose of a habit?
•“Distinct garb” to be
visible sign of their
Describe the significance of
How binding are they?
3. First professions
4. Final vows
• Tomorrow is the Feast of the Immaculate
Conception. Mary is our model of perfect
redemptive suffering. She offered her own suffering
as a mother for the sake of our salvation.
• What if you could offer up your temptations or
sufferings for the sake of someone else’s salvation?
Would you be willing to give up a certain sin or even
bad habit if it could help someone else go to
Heaven? What would those offerings be? Who
would you offer them for?
• What were your “straws for the manger”
yesterday? What will they be today?
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