Young people, during these years, begin to take more responsibility for the direction their lives will take, make plans for the future, and get involved in projects and activities to advance their goals.

The wonderful and natural zest for freedom and self-expression in the adolescent finds its healthy fulfillment in the daily practice of virginal chastity in mind, heart, body, and soul. The question for parents is, who will you allow to form the standards of your adolescent’s behavior in sexuality? Will it be the government, school, peers, popular culture, the “idols” of the entertainment industry in music, literature, television, and movies, or will it be Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church?

To say that this decision will be a daily battle for parents and children is an understatement.