Let's Make Purity Trendy!
In spite of a fall and three stitches on
his forehead and a bout with flu, the Pope
kept going on! His marathon visit to Poland
is a story on its own. A story of faith and
enthusiasm. This man believes in what he
Saturday June 12th was his eight day
That day he celebrated Mass for over
a million people in Sandomierz, one
oldest cities in Poland, in the south
In front of the many youth present,
decided to speak of purity! A timely
but which is hardly ever spoken about
more. One of the papers was quick to
in this headline : Pope makes purity
Do it, Everyone Else Does It
God created sex. He made it. And so
beautiful and holy! It expresses an
love and a promise between a man and
It is a sign of a total and long lasting
Sex is also powerful. So is electricity.
Electric power can be dangerous, if
not run in the correct channels, and
procedures are not used. Sex is the
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
It states vigorously 'Chastity includes
apprenticeship in self-mastery which
training in human freedom. The alternative
is clear: either man governs his passions
and finds peace, or he lets himself
by them and becomes unhappy.'
It also gives us very clear practical
to maintain a healthy approach towards
'Whoever wants to remain faithful to
baptismal promises and resist temptations
will want to adopt the means for doing
self-knowledge, practice of an ascesis
to the situations that confront him,
to God's commandments, exercise of
virtues, and fidelity to prayer. "
can accomplish more in one hour with
than one lifetime without Him.
The Bible contains lots of teaching
and relationships. One simple advice
from Saint Paul in his letter to Timothy.
"Treat younger men as you would
own brother, and treat older women
would your own mother. Show the same
to younger women that you would to
One can laugh at this recommendation.
can follow it.
Unfortunately many have low self-esteem
they feel worthless, they believe they
nothing of value in them. So they find
in a sexual relationship simply because
think it will bring them love and acceptance,
and make them feel better about themselves.
Sex is meant to be enjoyed in a secure
loving relationship. No relationship
outside the public commitment of marriage.
Obviously, being married is more than
a piece of paper, it is two people
themselves to each other for life.
certificate just proves that we are
about it. It guards us against each
quick change of mind and gives security
both partners and for any children
Is It Just Harmless Fun?
Another common trap is pornography.
video, internet, magazines. Pornography
a billion dollar industry. It exploits
who buy it - usually men. It exploits
who are in it - usually women and girls.
The thing about it is that it is all
Many photographic tricks are used.
lighting, trick angles, make up, airbrushing
of photos are used to enhance the image.
Real girls are not like that.
Pornography harms deeply those who
to it. It shows women as sex objects.
effect of this can be really crushing
it makes real relationships with any
very difficult. Instead of drawing
women, pornography actually takes them
Besides, our minds operate like a computer
hard disk. Everything we load into
stays there. Pornography is very addictive.
It slowly changes our character. It
over our thinking. It controls us.
The test is simple. Can YOU stop watching
or surfing in search of more kicks?
answer is no, this means you have been
But there is always hope. God understands.
And forgives. Always. The Desert Fathers
used to repeat : 'The greatest thing
can do is to throw his faults before
Lord and expect temptation to his last
A Word Of Wisdom
"Contemporary man,' the Pope emphasized,
'must constantly make the effort to
the forces of evil, which exert pressure
from the outside and affect his interior,
in order to separate him from God.
heart, there is an incessant struggle
truth and happiness. In order to obtain
in this struggle, man must go to Christ."
Addressing the youth directly, the Holy Father
exclaimed in a loud voice: "Do not be
afraid to live in a way contrary to trendy
opinions and ways of life in conflict with
God's law. Do not let yourselves be seduced
by illusions of happiness for which you will
have to pay a price that is too high, the
price of often incurable wounds or even of
a life destroyed! Only a pure heart can bring
to fulfillment that great commitment of love
which is marriage. Only a pure heart can
fully serve others. Do not allow your future
to be destroyed."
Make me a saint, Lord - and spare me not
in the making!
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