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Purity is a most essential virtue…. July 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Saints, Tradition, Virtue.

……even if it is almost totally forgotten today.  In fact, our insane sexular pagan culture almost constantly makes a virtue of vice, and vice versa. Purity is seen as weird, extreme, and something “normal” people would not maintain.  And I think it is the great sin of impurity, all the various forms of libidinous lust, that the warped culture uses to peel people away from the Faith, and Its compartmentalization in their lives.

Maintaining purity is a great challenge in our present world, where indescribable filth – something even the most deranged perverts of yesteryear would not have in their possession – is only a mouse click away.  Shielding our children from its influence is very difficult.  What is needed, is to inculcate in ourselves, and in our children, a tremendous respect for the virtue of purity, even of continence, and an understanding of why it is necessary – in total contrast to what the culture says – to maintain chastity.  TFP Student Action has a great post up today that contains many exhortations from Popes, Saints, and Scripture for the maintenance of purity.  It is a most valuable post, and I thank them for it:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
— Matthew 5:8

“Holy Purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh.”
— Saint John Bosco [Indeed. The inestimable St. Catherine of Siena could see people’s souls, and the state of those souls. She said souls in the state of Grace were indescribably beautiful, but that those in sin were horribly ugly, grotesque. She even said that souls, for her, gave a smell, indicative of their state, and souls in sin would make her physically ill due to their smell. There is so very much our eyes do not see.]

“We must be pure. I do not speak merely of the purity of the senses. We must observe great purity in our will, in our intentions, in all our actions.”
— Saint Peter Julian Eymard [Maintaining purity is, in my experience, a primarily mental exercise. By the time you get to the point of physical acts, purity has been long lost.]

“We must practice modesty, not only in our looks, but also in our whole deportment, and particularly in our dress, our walk, our conversation, and all similar actions.”
— Saint Alphonsus Liguori [And yet how few observe modesty in dress! The point often seems to be how immodest one can be, and get away with it.]

“In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh.”
— Saint Thomas Aquinas [And our Blessed Lady told the children of Fatima that more souls fall into Heaven over sins of impurity than for any other reason.]

“In temptations against chastity, the spiritual masters advise us, not so much to contend with the bad thought, as to turn the mind to some spiritual, or, at least, indifferent object. It is useful to combat other bad thoughts face to face, but not thoughts of impurity.”
— Saint Alphonsus Liguori [A great point! Flee from thoughts of impurity, do not try to battle them! You will not win!]

“Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity.”
— Saint Augustine [And Augustine spoke from experience]

“More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
— Our Lady of Fatima [Didn’t I just say that?!]

“The man of impure speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.”
— Saint John Vianney [A key point, and one I am far, far too often guilty of, especially when exercised.  Pray for me!]

“Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? The tongue talks of chastity, but the whole body reveals impurity.”
— Saint Jerome

“A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.”
— Saint John Vianney

“You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment.”
— Saint John Chrysostom [The great Chrysostom could be speaking to most men and women today!]

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What a valuable, edifying post!  There is much more at the link!  Thank you, TFP Student Action!


1. Zaknafein - July 23, 2013

It easy to write and read about purity. It is a far more difficult thing to practice.

tantamergo - July 23, 2013

I know! I really, really know!

2. TG - July 24, 2013

Great post. One of my pet peeves is to see so many grown women showing their cleavage and wearing real tight clothes (two sizes too small).
“It easy to write and read about purity. It is a far more difficult thing to practice.” – actually if you’re post menopausal, it’s easy.

3. Frank - July 24, 2013

The vulgar display of flesh in Church, by men as well as women, is sickening and disrespectful to the Lord. Why can’t people cover up in an air-conditioned church? Do they realize they are in the presence of God?

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