Unformatted text preview: not to be understood as a repressive attitude. On the contrary, chastity
should be understood rather as the purity and temporary stewardship of a precious and rich gift of love, in view
of the self-giving realized in each person’s specific vocation…Chastity means the successful integration of
sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being”(TM #4). The
integration of sexuality means self-mastery, in controlling desires and submitting them to love and respect as
ordered to the gift of self. “The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship” (CCC 2347).
“As in the first years of life also during childhood, parents [and teachers] should encourage a spirit of
collaboration, obedience, generosity and self-denial in their children, as well as a capacity for self-reflection. In
fact, a characteristic of this period of development is an attraction toward intellectual activities. Using the
intellect makes it possible to acquire the strength and ability to control the surrounding situation and, before
long, to control bodily instincts, so as to transform them into intellectual and rational activities” (TM #86).
“An undisciplined or spoiled child is inclined toward certain immaturity and moral weakness in future years
because chastity is difficult to maintain if a person develops selfish or disordered habits and cannot behave
with proper concern and respect for others. Parents [and teachers] should present objective standards of what
is right and wrong, thereby creating a sure moral framework for life” (TM #86). August 6th, 2009
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 4 of 22 Grade 2
It is the understanding of the Catholic Church that parents are the primary educators of their children. In the
Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs, formation in chastity will be taught in the context of the
moral life with a focus on the dignity of the human person. Human sexuality, which is to include formation in
chastity, is the responsibility of the parents.
It is the duty of the parish to help and support parents “in fulfilling their fundamental right and duty to educate
their children for love.” (TM #41-47) The Diocese of La Crosse, through the Office of Natural Family
Planning, offers training and support for parents and parents/young people in matters of human sexuality and
formation for chastity. For information call (608) 791-2658. The Diocese also offers resources such as Taking
A Stand, Helping our Kids Win the Battle for Sexual Purity for both parents, Catholic school teachers and
catechists in the religious education programs. Please call the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization for
recommendations on resources or training for religious educators (608) 791-2658. Implications
Children at this age also begin to be aware of:
• The difference between what he or she wants (desire and the will ) and
• What obedience to their parents requires. (An understanding of situations...
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