Saint Lucy: A Light to the World & the Church

Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJVPosted by

One of the lessons of the virgin martyrs including Saint Lucy is the greatness of the virtue of chastity. Saint Lucy and the other virgin martyrs had made a vow of virginity to Jesus; they wanted to belong to Jesus completely and to conform their lives to His. They wanted to live as if they were already in Heaven. They were called to be consecrated women although still living in the world. One of the conflicts in the Church today is over Her teachings on chastity. Some Catholics try to argue that it is not possible to live a chaste life and practice abstinence. Yet there are many faithful Catholics who do so today; not only priests and religious, but also laypeople who like Saint Lucy have made a vow of perpetual chastity while remaining in the world. Other lay Catholics practice chastity without making a vow, such as people who are single, widowed, or separated from their spouses. We can look to Saint Lucy as an example of the virtue of chastity and ask her intercession to help everyone recognize it as a gift and practice it in their lives. 

Saint Lucy: A Light to the World & the Church

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