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Saint of the Day

St. Peter Chrysologus (406-450)
Peter was a bishop and one of the principal adversaries of the heresy of Monophysitism. He was a famous orator and writer. About 176 of his works remain, mostly brief and concise explanations of biblical texts.

Reflections from the Saints

Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ.
– St. Peter Chrysologus
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2352

By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. "Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action." "The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose." For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of "the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved." To form an equitable judgment about the subjects' moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.