Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Chastity Tip

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Feb 24, 2010

Here is some spiritual dynamite for all of us, as explained by Fr. Frederick L. Miller in his fine new book for priests from Ignatius Press, The Grace of Ars:

I recently heard a group of young married men speaking about how they deal with sexual temptations in their lives. Although I did not question them, I am certain they were referring to temptations such as impure thoughts, inappropriate glances, perhaps looking at pornography, or flirting with their co-workers. They explained that whenever they are tempted in any way, they seek, through grace, to reject the temptation, and they offer the mortification involved in overcoming their desires as an act of love for their wives and as a prayer for the chastity of their sons and daughters. What a wonderful application of Saint Paul’s spiritual principle: I die to myself, so that others may have life in Christ!
Priests and future priests would be well advised to embrace this practice. Whenever a celibate is tempted to violate his promise of celibacy in any way, he should consciously reject the temptation, offering the victory over self to God for those parishioners who are struggling with chastity. This is what Saint Paul means, I believe, when he says, “Death is at work in us, but life in you.”

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 16 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 16 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? 21 hours ago
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17