Fostering Vocations is an Essential Part of Chastity Education.

The virtue of chastity, which young people live through abstinence according to their state in life, finds fulfillment in a Vocation.  A Vocation is a state in life in which a person finds their specific, life-long path to holiness.  God calls each person to the Vocation which He has planned to best fulfill them as a person.  Some are called to the Vocation of Marriage, while others are called to the Vocation of Priesthood or Religious Life.  Chastity is fulfilled and required for all Vocations.  In Marriage, a person finds the call to a life of loving communion fulfilled by giving themselves freely, fully, faithfully and fruitfully to their spouse.  In Priesthood or Religious Life, a person finds the call to a life of loving communion fulfilled by giving themselves freely, fully, faithfully, and fruitfully to God and the Church.  

You may have noticed that this site has already dealt a great deal with the Vocation of Marriage, and education in chastity as a preparation for it.  I just want to throw out one more word of wisdom from the Pontifical Council of the Family:  "Unfortunately, even in Christian societies today, parents have reasons to be concerned about the stability of their children's future marriages.  Nevertheless, in spite of the rising numbers of divorces and the growing crisis of the family, they should respond with optimism, committing themselves to give their children a deep Christian formation to make them able to overcome various difficulties.  Actually, the love for chastity, which parents help to form, favours mutual respect between man and woman and provides a capacity for compassion, tolerance, generosity, and above all, a spirit of sacrifice, without which love cannot endure.  Children will thus come to marriage with that realistic wisdom about which Saint Paul speaks when he teaches that husband and wife must continually give way to one another in love, cherishing one another with mutual patience and affection (cf 1 Corinthians 7:3-6; Ephesians 5:21-23)"  (Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, 31). 

Priesthood and Religious Life
Though this site has not focused much on the Vocation of Priesthood and Religious Life, it is essential that chastity education be also geared at fostering these vocations.  The lifelong celibacy lived out as a Priest or Religious Brother or Sister is indeed a fulfillment of chastity.  It is not a rejection or supression of sexuality, but an offering of the comlete person freely, fully, faithfully and fruitfully to God.  It is because sexuality and  marriage are such great goods that the offering of one's whole life and sexuality to God takes on such spiritual value.   Please download the following newsletter aimed at giving parents a clear and concise look at what Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life are, and how to foster them.
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(Feel free to print the Parent Vocation Newsletter for private reading or for distribution.  It has been designed to print in a double-sided newsletter format.)


* Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family from the Pontifical Council for the Family.  (paragraphs 31, 34-35, and 98-102 deal specifically with the connection between chastity and fostering vocations)