Description: Why does the Catholic Church value virginity? At the heart and center of all Christian life is Christ the Lord. The Catechism tells us that our bond with Christ takes precedence over all bonds, familial or social. From the Church's very beginning, there have been men and women who have forsaken marriage to follow the lamb wherever he leads them. Christ himself has invited certain persons to follow him in this way of life for which he remains the model. Virginity for the sake of the Kingdom is an unfolding of the baptismal grace, a powerful sign of the supremacy of a person's bond with Christ. It is also a sign that this bond recalls that marriage is a reality of this present age which is passing away. St. John Chrysostom puts it well..."The most excellent good is something even better than what is admitted to be good."This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.