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Chastity speaker Jason Evert will present talks for both parents and teenagers in the archdiocese next month. See box for details. For more than a decade, Evert and his wife, Crystalina, have traveled the world speaking to youth about the benefits of living a chaste life.
Strongly rooted in Catholic tradition, "Sex, Love and You" promotes the value of chastity and tell you how your life will be better if you refrain from sexual activity until marriage. They deliver this message to thousands of young people from junior high through college every year. Those who hear them say things like:.
The girls have an old idea but catchy new slogans--such as ''Join the few, the proud, the virgins,'' ''Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder,'' and the punchy ''To be sure, be pure. The girls are stumping for chastity. When they arrive at an auditorium for a presentation, the first thing they do is put up more than a dozen signs on the wall.
E-mail Rod. And yet, they all conceded that that approach had helped them achieve a valued good. Via Joe CarterI found this interesting Christianity Today interview with a communications authority named Christine Gardner, who evaluates the effectiveness of the rhetoric in contemporary Evangelical campaigns promoting teenage chastity.
A bishop in Carmel, Indiana, powerfully shares his testimony of chastity with a group of ward youth at a fireside in the chapel; all eyes are intent on his face. Throughout the Church, leaders of youth are implementing plans to help young men and young women honor their baptismal covenants and be worthy of temple covenants and missionary service. These actions are the direct result of special meetings held in conjunction with each stake conference during the last half of
The high energy presentations, two among the over Evert offers each year, were based on the issues and topics the teens hold dear, all wrapped in the truth of chastity. His participation in the Life Teen program at his home church and his background in assisting with and leading teen retreats throughout high school and college, as well as ministering to women through crisis pregnancy counseling, helped shape his desire to reach out to teens. His message is not shame-based, he says, but rather hopeful.
How are youth and young adults to find the means and reasons for perseverance in a life of purity? Many facets in American society make youth and young adult chastity appear abnormal and even impossible. Parents are hesitant to discuss the topic with their teenagers.
Forty percent of sexually active girls have HPV, which, even with the new vaccine, sometimes causes cervical cancer. And in a culture where countless young men are raised on a steady diet of hard-core porn, percent of college-age women have experienced attempted or completed rape. Sexually active high school girls are three-times more likely to be depressed, with year-olds being six times more likely to attempt suicide.