The Catechism
of the Catholic Church

on FRIENDSHIP §2346-2347 
 

Christ and Abba Menas
7th cent. Coptic icon

 

 

 

THE INTEGRALITY [totality]
 of the
GIFT of SELF  

Totalitas 
doni sui ipsius

 

 

2346 Charity is the form of all the virtues. Under its influence, chastity appears as a school of the gift of the person. Self-mastery is ordered to the gift of self. Chastity leads him who practices it to become a witness to his neighbor of God’s fidelity and loving kindness. 

2346 Caritas est omnium virtutum forma. Sub eius influxu, castitas tamquam schola apparet doni personae. Dominium sui ad sui ordinatur donum. Castitas ducit eum, qui eam exercitat, ut coram proximo testis fiat fidelitatis et teneritatis Dei.

2347 The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the disciple how to follow and imitate him who has chosen us as his friends (Cf. Jn 15:15), who has given himself totally to us and allows us to participate in his divine estate. Chastity is a promise of immortality.

2347 Castitatis virtus in amicitia expanditur. Discipulo indicat quomodo sequatur et imitetur Illum qui nos tamquam Suos proprios elegit amicos, 232 Se nobis totaliter donavit nosque participes effecit Suae divinae condicionis. Castitas immortalitatis est promissio.  

Chastity is expressed notably in friendship with one’s neighbor. Whether it develops between persons of the same or opposite sex, friendship represents a great good for all. It leads to spiritual communion. 

Castitas praesertim in amicitia erga proximum exprimitur. Amicitia, inter personas eiusdem sexus vel diversorum sexuum exculta, magnum pro omnibus bonum constituit. Ad spiritualem perducit communionem.

 


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