"I've learned that if you give a pig
and a boy everything they want, you'll
a good pig and a bad boy." Jackson
Jr, age 77, was obviously right when
this in his book, Live and Learn and
Saint Augustine was less right -even
we all understand him perfectly - when
his young adulthood, he uttered his
prayer, "Lord give me chastity
but not yet." At age 17 he began
relationship with a concubine of lower
status. In the Confessions, he speaks
he felt trapped: "I was bound
this disease of the flesh. Its deadly
were a chain that I dragged along with
yet I was afraid to be freed from it"
Purity is always a struggle. The popular
culture ridicules purity, 'Chastity!
a joke!' It is considered old fashioned
outdated, a relic of the past. The
make sure we learn to abhor it. This
because lack of purity is one of the
causes of sadness in our lives.
After a violent storm one night, a
tree, which over the years had become
giant, was found lying across the pathway
in a park. Nothing but a splintered
was left. Closer examination showed
is was rotten at the core because thousands
of tiny insects had eaten away at its
The weakness of that tree was not brought
on by the sudden storm; it began the
moment the first insect nested within
This is the problem with impurity.
us interiorly. Look at Samson. He was
of strength. He was even consecrated
Lord. Yet his dabbling with women led
to his own destruction. Today so many,
their loneliness seek for gratification
easy unhealthy pleasure … shoddy magazines,
X Rated cable TV, pornographic sites
internet. And they ruin themselves.
The entire chapter of Proverbs 7 is
the story of a young men being seduced
an adulteress. " For at the window
my house, I looked out through my lattice,
And I saw among the naïve ….a young
sense. Passing through the street near
corner, he takes the way to her house."
This is how it all starts. Curiosity,
for a glimpse of the adulteress plying
wares to someone else on the street.
wants to see what the real world is
And he finishes off badly, real bad
much seductive speech she persuades
with her smooth talk she compels him.
at once he follows her, as an ox goes
the slaughter, or as a stag is caught
till an arrow pierces its entrails;
bird rushes into a snare; he does not
that it will cost him his life."
It is always the same story. And it
leads to the same result… sadness,
a split inside of oneself, a lack of
worth. Impurity never lets us feel
This is why we have to learn how to
ourselves. Anyone trying to be chaste
self effort is doomed to failure! We
help. We need to acquire a healthy
Four sentinels are needed to guard
Sentinel One : Fear God and Be Humble. We have this treasure
in earthly vessels. We can never trust ourselves.
We are all weak. We need Him. Constantly.
Sentinel Two : Resist Evil Thoughts. The first step that
we make is the win or lose fix. As soon as
you become conscious of sinful thoughts,
direct your attention to something else,
to the tasks you have to perform, or to anything
which is free from danger, and likely to
engross your mind. This is common sense.
Sentinel Three : Avoid Idleness. This is the parent of
all vice, they say. And they are right. A
spring is clear and lucid because the water
is in motion, a stagnant pool is foul and
Sentinel Four : Avoid Occasions of Sin. "Watch and
pray!" said Jesus. It looks so obvious,
but we tend to lower our defenses so easily…
Yes, it may seem like a 'thou shalt
litany. But really it is not a burden.
is light. It is above all a question
a contact with the Beloved. The more
feel loved by God, the less you feel
need to gratify yourself with stupidities.
And not only purity is the route to
we want to see God, but it is also
for tasting happiness in this life
it takes away manipulation out of a
and sadness out of our lives.
So don't be fooled by all the talk
fools around us! Sexual purity matters
to ourselves and to God!
A sign on a suit of clothes hanging
rack by the window read: SLIGHTLY SOILED
- GREATLY REDUCED IN PRICE. We can
Thanks be to God, however, He can restore
us to our original state! This is the
operation that Jesus Christ is so famous
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