The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Friday, November 6, 2009

POPE BENEDICT XVI AND FASTING

6 Nov 2009 - In the 'apparitions' the corporeal is emphasized (the sign of the Cross, blessed water, a call to fasting). To fast means to accept the essential viewpoint of a Christian life. It is also necessary to discover the corporeal aspect of faith: refraining from food is such an aspect. Sexuality and nutrition belong to the fundamental elements of human corporality: a decreasing understanding of chastity is taking place simultaneously with a decreased understanding of fasting. All of this comes from the same root: the current darkening of the eschatological tension. This means that the expectation of the eternal life, which is essential for Christian faith, is disappearing. Chastity and occasional renunciation of food witness that eternal life, which is already among us, awaits us because 'the world in its present form is passing away.' 1 Corinthians 7:31

Without chastity and without fasting the Church is no longer the Church because it becomes analogous to the world. One thing is clear: fasting, renunciation and other 'penitential practices' must continue to remain a personal responsibility of the individual. It is also important for us to return to the communal forms of ecclesiastical penance. Additionally, particularly in this world in which many people are dying from hunger, we must show with love, the visible communal witness of freely willed renunciation of food.

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