Sexuality

The patron saint of those who have are struggling with sexuality is St. Maria Goretti.

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28


SEXUALITY

To be a human being is to be a sexual being. Sexuality is a healthy, natural and normal part of who we are throughout every stage in our lives. It is not one defined thing, but a combination of many aspects of our lives. The term, “sexuality” can mean many things to different people, but it includes not only sexual behavior, but also our genders, our bodies and how they work, and our values, attitudes, beliefs and feelings about life, love, and the people our lives touch. Youth learn about their sexuality from the day they are born. It is important to let kids feel good about their sexuality from the beginning. This will make it easier for them to ask questions about sex later on in life.

Parents – initiate conversations about sexuality with your children using many different themes – relationships, communication, respect, body image as well as intimacy and sexual behavior – as a way to share values and factual information that can enable our young people to have loving relationships.
Youth Leaders – love and sexuality are core issues to the human heart, make sure not to stifle, discourage or even avoid the conversation. Rather create opportunities that engage, inform and challenge our young communities to understand their sexuality and the role it plays in society.

RESOURCES

  1. USSCB WEBSITE
  2. Ignatius Press Insight
  3. Questions and Answers on Catholic Marital Sexual Ethics
  4. Marital Sexuality from USCCB
  5. Books – 5 Love Languages, Theology of the Body, Heavens Song, Holy Sex