(Quote) Pat-5351 said:
Some think that we can have a civil and charitable conversation about the important issue of chastity...
(Quote) Pat-5351 said:
Some think that we can have a civil and charitable conversation about the important issue of chastity in this room. I said I would put something up and see if that is indeed possible!
So, what is your best piece of advice to an adult trying to live a chaste and pure life?
"More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason. " --Our Lady to the children at Fatima
How can we as adult (not teenaged) Catholics help ourselves to save our souls from the sins of impurity?
I will go first:
Wear on your person a blessed sacramental at all times. The miraculous medal, the brown scapular, a crucifix (not a cross, a crucifix). Wear it always, not taking it off for anything. There is grace and power in sacramentals, and it is a physical reminder of to Whom you belong, and Who has given you this body, and Who dwells within you.
If you are tempted, you will have to, as an act of your will, physiclaly remove this sacramental if you are to proceed with whatever you were going to do. It will be a physical sign that you are separating yourself from God, that you are doing it willingly, with full knowledge. That's enough to give you pause and a chance to change your mind.
Great post Pat! I wear the miraculous medal, I feel as if something is missing without it, not only makes me feel protected in life & dangers but also spiritually. It is a great reminder I belong to Him. On the movies, someone mentioned recently, makes me think of this talk: "What Chick Flicks and Love Songs Have to Do With Chastity" by Lisa Cotter
"True chastity consists of not just being physically chaste, but also emotionally pure. In this session, Lisa Cotter, wife and mother of two in a FOCUS missionary family, will bring to light the emotional side of purity in a practical way for women to better know how to understand themselves."
The other day a friend brought me loads of movies for me to be entertained, I gave back most of them. "Is it because this reminds you of what you do not have"? No, I said, it is because that is not real, I want to see inspiring things. I must say I enjoyed in the past these kinds of movies, but having learnt on what they portray I just kept Forrest Gump and a couple more!
The talk I mentioned before also talks about emotional enslavement women may experience versus physical enslavement men can more easily experience.