My plan this week was to start a series called, Dear Cindy where I share Reader’s questions and my answers to those question. Well, I created the first post of the series and as promised, sent it to the Reader for her approval. I changed her name, his name and all other identifying information. But, she asked me to either not post it or wait. She had some additional information for me.
I share this with you for two reasons. First, to explain why my post is a little different from what was planned this week. Next, to let you know that you can be completely confident that if you write to me, I will not post your question without your permission.
The reason I think the Dear Cindy series will be so good is that you girls have many of the same questions and you can learn from and inspire each other. But, what is more important to me is keeping this ministry focused on the individual person and not betraying the trust that is required when you share your heart with me.
Since I do not have a post this week, I thought I would share with you the beautiful words from a Doctor of the Church who is my inspiration, Dietrich von Hildebrand:
“Living a pure life requires the strength of self-possession, fortitude and temperance. Purity can only be thought of in association with the virtue of love. Chastity, rather than being a negative virtue, seeks to affirm the person in every situation. Only the chaste man and woman are capable of true love. If you are not able to control yourself, you cannot give yourself, for you cannot give what you do not have. Sexual morality is rooted in the way God designed us.
Purity is a spiritual power that frees love from selfishness and aggression. Chastity cannot exist without the capacity to renounce self, to make sacrifices and to wait. Virtue comes from spiritual strength.
Chastity is a call to save sex until marriage and live with your body, mind and soul in harmony. The virtue of chastity brings our sexual appetite into harmony with reason, and creates purity in mind, heart and conscience. Purity prepares our souls for the capacity to love. All Christians, whether married or single, are called to the virtue of chastity.
As our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and we are made in the image of God, we are told to glorify God with our bodies. The body is of great worth in Christianity. God came to us in flesh and blood and revealed how important the body is to the human condition. Within our bodies we have many passions. Either we are able to control them or they will control us. Freedom is found by self-control.
God love and bless you!
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