Chastity August 25
Chastity therefore should . . . set us free to live in total availability in and for the world (Const. 11.4).
The life of chastity is about opening and closing doors. The celibate opens the door of his mind to allow ideas of universality, of the unity of the human family in Christ, to enter. He opens the doors of his eyes to see more deeply the dignity and value of each human being. He opens the door of his heart to welcome with love each and every person, giving each of them a place. The religious opens his arms to a universal embrace of compassion and solidarity. He opens the door of his mouth for conversation that includes everyone. He opens the door of his spirit to accept everyone as a child of God, in effect, as a brother or sister. To remain faithful to chastity, the celibate closes doors also. He closes the door of self-interest which would lead him to focus on himself. He closes the door of exclusivity which would limit the circle of his concern. He closes the door of prejudice that would prefer sameness to diversity. He closes the door of sexual desire which would abandon him to its pleasure. He closes the door of marriage which would narrowly define the boundaries of his life-space. These are the celibate activities of opening and closing doors.
Keep your most beautiful gifts for the king. (Luba)