Christus Vivit 261: Sexuality

261. Here, we need to remember that God created us as sexual beings. He himself “created sexuality, which is a marvelous gift to his creatures”.[Amoris Laetitia 150] Within the vocation to marriage we should acknowledge and appreciate that “sexuality, sex, is a gift from God. It is not taboo. It is a gift from God, a gift the Lord gives us. It has two purposes: to love and to generate life. It is passion, passionate love. True love is passionate. Love between a man and a woman, when it is passionate, always leads to giving life. Always. To give life with body and soul”.[Address to Young People from the Diocese of Grenoble-Vienne (17 September 2018): L’Osservatore Romano, 19 September 2018, 8]

This seems a positive teaching, as well as a more complete one than most people remember. Giving life is biological, but it also involves the soul. So sexuality involves a higher realm than merely what other living things do to procreate. Any thoughts?

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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