Chastity August 7
Living in this way, (the Crosier) will give prophetic witness to his contemporaries (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
Who are the contemporaries?
--confreres and other religious who are exposed to all kinds of moral theories and temptations;
--the clergy of the Church whose ministry often leaves them vulnerable;
--Christian and non-Christian families who struggle to stay faithful to their healthy traditions or who abandon themselves to the decadent and capricious ways of their neighbors;
--young people whose ears of full of sounds and whose eyes are wide open to shows that orient them toward the erotic;
--adults with lax values who betray their marriage vows and divorce;
--those responsible for the media who make decisions that form or deform the values of their publics;
--the purveyors of pornography who poison the minds and hearts of the weak;
--heads of government and politicians who promote social programs that diminish human dignity.
To what prophecy does the example of the chaste Crosier witness?
--“I have placed before you life and death . . . Choose life that you and your posterity might live” (Dt 30:19).
To speak the truth is to be healthy. (Ivory Coast)