A HEALTHY VISION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
The virtue and vocation of chastity is essential to love in all its forms. Chastity means “the successful integration of sexuality within the person,” (CCC, no. 2337) and thus the attainment of self-mastery and genuine freedom in the sexual arena of human action. It is “a virtue that allows us to do what isright, good, and truly loving in the areas of relationship and sexuality” (Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living, 7). Chastity integrates our internal desires for sexual pleasure into our overall pursuit of moral excellence and holiness. Chastity may be “an unpopularword,” but as Pope Francis has indicated, love is chaste (June 21, 2015). “All of us in lifehave gone through moments in which this virtue has been very difficult,but it is in fact the way of genuine love, of a love that is able to give life,which does not seek to use the other for one’s own pleasure” (Pope Francis, June 21, 2015).
Roots of Latinos in America
The roots of the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. go back to colonial times when most of the country’s southern flank was under Spanish rule. The first Mass celebrated in what is now the U.S. took place in 1569 in St. Augustine, Florida, under Spanish auspices. The Hispanic/Latino presence took on a whole new dimension in the 1840s with the annexation of half of Mexico’s territory to the United States as a result of the Mexican-American War. The new border crossed entire populations from big and small towns, as the Mexican-American presence was born in what is now the American West and Southwest. In 1898 the Spanish-American War led to the annexation of Puerto Rico, adding its population to the growing number of U.S. citizens of Hispanic/Latino descent.
—Excerpt from “Hispanic/Latino Presence in the USA,” courtesy of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church