Christ lived as a chaste man, not because he followed every dot and tittle of the law (which of course he did), but rather, because he lived in accordance with the truth of what it means to be a man, made in the image and likeness of God.Like Christ, a man who truly knows who he is will naturally lead a life of chastity. I have written often before of the reasons I eschew the word gay to describe myself, and why I think it is a mistake for anyone to claim that label.
The Church wisely gives us the antidote to this view through the virtue of chastity.
They do not speak of themselves as celibate, nor should I.
They and I are wisely tells me, “every one living on the face of the earth has personal problems and difficulties, but challenges to growth, strengths, talents and gifts as well.” One of my challenges is that I suffer from the privation of the good of seeing women as sexually desirable—but that fact doesn’t make me a different sort of man than all of the other men in the world around me. Thus, I find the phrase “gay celibate” a rejection of the very nature of who God made man in the Garden of Eden.
The gift of the virtues can be summed up by Christ’s words: be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.
“The Christian man,” tells us, is “conformed to the likeness of that Son Who is the firstborn of many brothers.” Christ “fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear” and is “Himself the perfect man.” His life is man’s paradigm and the virtues are the template for how Christ, the perfect man, lived.