As our four pillars here at St Louis Catholic High School suggest, we as humans are complex

beings who constantly seek truth, beauty, and goodness. Our Junior Theology students have

been tackling life’s most profound questions and seeing the truth, beauty and goodness in

ourselves and others through the topics of morality and the sacraments. Junior Allie McCall

says, “We are currently examining the sixth commandment, and how we should keep ourselves

accountable to have a fruitful and happy marriage in the future, if that is the vocation to which

we are being called.” The criteria for Christ's love which is free, total, faithful and fruitful is

echoed in the marriage vows at a Marriage:"'Have you come here to enter into marriage

without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?Are you prepared to love and honor each other for

as long as you both shall live?Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God?' In

summary – are you making a complete gift of yourself to one another?"

 

According to our Theology Teachers, “Students have been studying the

Church's Teachings about human sexuality as laid out in Saint Paul VI’s Encyclical Humanae

Vitae. Humanae Vitae lays out the roadmap for authentic and complete love in juxtaposition to

the incomplete picture of love presented by the cultural movement of the "Sexual Revolution".

Christ through His bodily Incarnation has given Himself to His bride, the Church, and in doing so

has provided the criteria for authentic love. Christ's love for His bride is free, total, fruitful, and

faithful (FTFF) and we as created in His Image are called to live the same. This is integrally part

of our vocation to sanctity and crucial to Christ's command to "love thy neighbor", of whom our

first 'neighbor' is the family.”

 

The beauty of this Church teaching is not lost on our Juniors. They are truly grateful for the

truth and beauty of this teaching on human sexuality. Junior Anna Guidry is one such student.

She states, “In religion class, we have back and forth interactive conversations

and ask questions about our morals that we are unsure about. Our teachers are so passionate

about what they teach, and  genuinely want their students to get something out of the class

and realize their worth. I like how this class is relevant to me because we learn more about

ourselves and real life versus memorizing definitions and taking tests all the time. His class

prepares you for reality by putting your morality and faith in check.”

Passionate teachers who help students fall in love with their faith, that is what makes St Louis

home.