Evangelical Counsels: Chastity
Michael A. Hayes
A central tenet of the Church’s self-understanding is the universal call to holiness rooted in St Paul’s declaration in first Thessalonians ‘for this is the will of God, your sanctification’(4.3). The Church has discerned that the attainment of ‘holiness’, itself a gift from God, can be sought through the embracing of the ‘evangelical counsels’ of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
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