OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH PART THREE LIFE IN CHRIST SECTION TWO THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS CHAPTER TWO "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF"
Baptism confers on its recipient the grace of purification from all
sins. But the baptized must continue to struggle against concupiscence
of the flesh and disordered desires. With God's grace he will prevail
- by the virtue and gift of chastity, for chastity lets us love with upright and undivided heart;
by purity of intention which consists in seeking the true end of man:
with simplicity of vision, the baptized person seeks to find and to
fulfill God's will in everything;
- by purity of vision, external
and internal; by discipline of feelings and imagination; by refusing
all complicity in impure thoughts that incline us to turn aside from
the path of God's commandments: "Appearance arouses yearning in fools";
- by prayer: (...)
Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty
protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil
what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose
sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and
behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their
2522 Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their
love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it
requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment
of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It
inspires one's choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where
there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet.
There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body. It protests,
for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human body in
certain advertisements, or against the solicitations of certain media
that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires
a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of
fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies.
2524 The forms
taken by modesty vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however,
modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man.
It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject.
Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them
respect for the human person.
2525 Christian purity requires a
purification of the social climate. It requires of the communications
media that their presentations show concern for respect and restraint.
Purity of heart brings freedom from widespread eroticism and avoids
entertainment inclined to voyeurism and illusion.
2526 So called
moral permissiveness rests on an erroneous conception of human freedom;
the necessary precondition for the development of true freedom is to
let oneself be educated in the moral law. Those in charge of education
can reasonably be expected to give young people instruction respectful
of the truth, the qualities of the heart, and the moral and spiritual
dignity of man.
2527 "The Good News of Christ continually renews the
life and culture of fallen man; it combats and removes the error and
evil which flow from the ever-present attraction of sin. It never
ceases to purify and elevate the morality of peoples. It takes the
spiritual qualities and endowments of every age and nation, and with
supernatural riches it causes them to blossom, as it were, from within;
it fortifies, completes, and restores them in Christ."
2528 "Everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Mt 5:28).
2529 The ninth commandment warns against lust or carnal concupiscence.
2530 The struggle against carnal lust involves purifying the heart and practicing temperance.
2531 Purity of heart will enable us to see God: it enables us even now to see things according to God.
2532 Purification of the heart demands prayer, the practice of chastity, purity of intention and of vision.
Purity of heart requires the modesty which is patience, decency, and
discretion. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person.