Cosmopolitan titleYep. You read that right!

Cosmopolitan, that popular magazine featuring beauty, fashion, career and (really bad) sex advice, recently published an online article on why some woman of the 21st century would choose to wait until marriage to have sex.

Not only that but what you might find in this article is actually quite refreshing and empowering: quotes from Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body!

The article pulls from three different women in their early 20s explaining their views on sex and why they see this as a sacred act that need only occur within the confines of marriage. One woman states, “My faith teaches me that sex is a deeply spiritual act and a symbol of intimacy with God. I feel most comfortable participating in that sacredness within the commitment and context of marriage.”

Another woman tells us, “I decided I wanted to wait when I read St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. In it, he discusses how Christ loves us totally, definitely and sacrificially through his body, and that is what sex was created for us to do as well — to love others totally, definitely and sacrificially through our bodies.”

Talk about feeling empowered! As a young Catholic millennial, I find it oh so uplifting to read this article that ultimately promotes pure and unselfish love instead of the artificial hookup culture that has become the norm amongst my peers.

I can only hope that more and more people will not only read this article by Cosmo but also take its message to heart, maybe even creating a different sort of cultural norm. One where the act of sex is viewed as sacred and kept within the context of marriage.

— Meghan Pryatel
Communications Intern