Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Practical Tools for Teaching Healthy Sexuality

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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International. June 20, 2022

One of the most difficult things every parent has to face is how to impart traditional moral norms to their children about human sexuality, thus safeguarding them from the deceptive language of secular values and the lures of sensuality. I hear it from parents all the time. They know they should teach their children. But they don’t know when to begin, or what to say, or how to introduce the topic in such a way that will lead their children towards, rather than away from, a life of virtue.

Teaching children to have reverence for the gift of sex, as God created it, has never been easy. But holy things require special treatment. People cannot do whatever they want with sacred items, like physical intimacy and the conjugal gift. Children need morality, and they need to understand that God has a plan for their lives. It is up to parents, therefore, to ensure their children understand that intimacy outside of marriage defiles God’s unitive and procreative plan for the sacred gift of physical love. As the first teachers, parents should never compromise advancing this understanding or this virtue, always articulating “right” from “wrong” so their children can live righteously. …

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