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Being Catholic: Can your body be sacred in the age of twerking?

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http://www.vocationnetwork.org/articles/show/453 Being Catholic Can your body be sacred in the age of twerking? By Sister Susan Kidd, C.N.D. We were created to care for creation Despite media messages to the contrary, we feel whole and true to ourselves when we care for our bodies.That is because we are created in God’s image and likeness. We are blessed with duties and responsibilities to be good stewards of all creation, including ourselves—our minds, hearts, and bodies. Pressured to choose poorly Those considering religious life have many external pressures luring them toward options that are not life-giving. We must constantly call ourselves back to our purpose: which is to live in the joy of Christ. It’s difficult to see where twerking fits in to that plan. Embracing, dancing, rhythmic and meditative movement, and exercise can model healthy living. And all are in keeping with our Catholic tradition of celebrating our flesh-and-blood humanity. Lessons in sanctity In this fast age of social media, it takes but one careless decision to change someone’s reputation for a very long time. We need to treasure the gift of human sexuality and not denigrate it or ourselves. Our flesh-and-blood God It is through God’s great act of love that Jesus became human. At the Eucharist we are invited to remember the incarnation with all of our senses: We take and eat God’s body and blood. What an intimate sign of the inner unity of body and spirit. Jesus is wholly present in us. That’s sanctity of the body! We are the vessels God chose to carry on the message of Incarnation. We can start by treating our bodies and the bodies of others with due respect. ***************** What does it take take to become a religious sister, brother, priest, monk, or nun? Start with prayer. Listen to your heart. Find what gives you most joy. Seek wise counsel. Find more information about consecrated life at VocationNetwork,org.