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173—Chastity, Integrity and the Desert Fathers—Bishop Erik Varden

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 15, 2024 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Erik Varden, bishop of Trondheim, Norway as well as Trappist monk, joins the podcast to discuss his new book, Chastity: Reconciliation of the Senses.

Topics discussed include:

  • Recovering the true meaning of the word “chastity”
  • Continence and chastity not the same thing
  • What the Desert Fathers can teach us about chastity
  • Why we need to meditate on the original vocation of man before the Fall rather than limiting our options to what our sinful nature is capable of
  • Why having a sense of dignity in one’s masculinity or femininity helps us to be chaste
  • The importance of friendship between men and women
  • The redirection of eros


Erik Varden, Chastity: Reconciliation of the Senses

Élisabeth-Paule Labat, The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music, trans. Erik Varden

Thomas’s 3-part essay inspired by the Labat book

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: jan02 - Feb. 17, 2024 11:04 PM ET USA

    Thank you for this podcast. It is a really encouraging approach to chastity! I ordered a book already, and hope to get the book Bishop translated on music, too. which sounds really good. I'm so glad you mentioned that one Thomas! Please keep up the good work!!!