Those who in life choose continence for the kingdom of heaven do so, notbecause it is inexpedient to marry or because of a supposed negative value of marriage, but in view of the particular value connected with this choice and which must be discovered and welcomed personally as one’s own vocation. For that reason Christ said: “He who is able to receive this, let him receive it” (Mt 19:12). But immediately beforehand he said: “Not all men can receive this precept, but only those to whom it is given” (Mt 19:11).

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