Dictionary of Oblate Values  vol.: 1  let.: C

CHASTITY

INTRODUCTION

There is a wealth of written material treating of a great many aspects of celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of God. In this present article, the issue will not be to present a theology of the vow of chastity, nor to summarize the fruit of the debates on this subject in the Church during the course of these most recent decades. Nor will it be an issue of giving practical advice or of setting forth an ascesis to live according to the evangelical counsels. The goal sought here is solely to present, based on the texts we actually have, the way Oblates have understood and still understand the vow of chastity in the context of their spirituality, taking into consideration the signs of the times while keeping in view the rules of conduct of the Church. Then, we will try to determine the bonds that exist between consecrated celibacy and certain elements of the Oblate charism. And finally, we will encourage our readers to reflect upon the possibilities offered by our spirituality to actually live this form of life so often challenged in our day.

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