A Case for Chastity: The Way to Real Love and True Freedom for Catholic Teens

A Case for Chastity: The Way to Real Love and True Freedom for Catholic Teens

by Heather Gallagher, Peter Vlahutin

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In twenty-six short topical chapters, teens and young adults share their questions and real-life experiences about sexual relationships. Their questions range from "How far is too far?" to "What's wrong with cohabitation?" Two questions posed by many people of all ages both within and outside the Church are also treated: "Chastity sounds nice, but is it practical?" and "What do the Bible and celibate men know about sex anyway?" Teens will find A Case for Chastity a readable and informative book, and their parents and teachers, particularly catechists and DREs, will find it an invaluable resource. Paperback

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764865749
Publisher: Liguori Publications
Publication date: 01/15/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Heather Gallagher is the Chastity Educator and a retreat facilitator for the REAP Team (a youth retreat ministry of the Office of Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Should I Read This Book?xv
AAttitudes and Approaches: What Choices Do I Have?1
BBe Different: But Everybody Else Is Doing It7
CChastity: What Does It Have to Do With Me?12
DDiscovering the Unavoidable Consequences of Sex: What Could Really Go Wrong?19
EExperiencing Real Love: Isn't Sex the Natural Expression of Love?27
FFreedom: Nobody Is Going to Tell Me What to Do33
GGreat Sex: But I Want Sex to Be Passionate and Exciting40
HHaving It Your Way: Can't I Define the Meaning of Sex?47
IIf Not Sex, What Can I Do? How Far Is Too Far?54
JJust My Thoughts: Why Do They Matter?62
KKilling It Slowly: Can't We Just Use Contraception?66
LLaying Aside a Myth: Doesn't Chastity Lead to Repression?74
MMaking a Distinction (Between Homosexual Orientation and Behavior): I Can't Help It; It's Just How I Am80
NNobody But Me: What's the Big Deal With Masturbation?87
OOral Sex: Is It Really Sex?92
PPornography: How Does Looking at Pictures Hurt Anyone?96
QQuestioning the Church: What Do Celibate Men Know About Sex Anyway?100
RRespect That Builds Self-Esteem: But I Like Attention106
SStarting Over: What If I've Already Lost My Virginity?112
TTrying to Undo the Past: How Can I Move Beyond the Memories?117
UUnder One Roof: What's Wrong With Cohabitation?123
VVocation of Marriage: With So Much Divorce, Is It Really Worth Waiting?128
WWhat to Do: Chastity Sounds Nice, But Is It Practical and Realistic?133
XXX: How Can Women Live Chastely?138
YYX: How Can Men Live Chastely?144
ZZero Regrets: The Decision Is Yours152
Appendix AWhere Else Can I Turn?157
Appendix BWhat Can I Do to Have Fun and Show Affection Without Having Sex?165

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