chastity

Dominican Friar praying the Rosary
Chastity and celibacy are often confused. Celibacy means single either by choice or circumstance. Chastity for the married means faithfulness; for celibates it means abstaining.One of the main goals of chastity is to love as many people as pos­sible as deeply as possible. That may seem strange to those used to defining chastity negatively - that is, as not having sex. But this has long been the tradition of the Church. Chastity is another way to love and, as such, has a great deal to teach...
Jesuits are neither monks nor friars but ‘clerks regular’. They take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and live in community. Most are priests but there have always been Jesuit brothers who assist the mission of the Society without ordination. Many Jesuit priests also take a fourth vow, unique to the Society of Jesus, of special obedience to the Pope with regard to missions.Jesuits today continue to be inspired by the vision of their founder, St Ignatius. His plan for the order's way of...
Fr Dermot Preston SJ reflects on the place of the vows in the life of a Jesuit. He has worked as a Jesuit in Britain,  South Africa and Guyana and is now Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.When I was a novice we used to recite this helpful little meditation:“Poverty – to be free, as He was freeChastity – to love generously, as He lovedObedience – to live a life of service, as He served.”As these words illustrate, the contours of the vows are not narrowly...
There is no doubt that in the eyes of many in the world today, a vowed life of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience seems like madness! No Jesuit would deny the challenge of this life. We cannot live this way without the help of God’s grace. But we embrace it knowing that for us it is a path of life, a way of uniting ourselves with, and witnessing to, Christ in our world.In poverty, we become free to share the life of the poor and to use whatever resources we have for the service of othersIn...