10 1/2 Reasons to be Chaste
The temptation to have sex before marriage is as old as marriage itself. More than 1,600 years ago, St. Augustine, grappling with his desires, cried out to God, "Give me chastity . . . but not yet!"
What is chastity? The word is often used to mean simply abstaining from sex, as if it were equivalent to celibacy. So it may be strange to learn that, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "All Christ's faithful are called to lead a chaste life." If that meant total abstinence, how would there be any new Catholics? (After all, cloning is out of the question.)
The Church's stance makes sense only if one knows what chastity really is. A clue is in the rest of that sentence from the Catechism: "All Christ's faithful are called to lead a chaste life in keeping with their particular states of life." By "states of life," the Church means that there is unmarried chastity, and there is married chastity.
Blessed be your purity,
May it be blessed forever,
For no less than God takes delight,
In such exalted beauty.
To you, heavenly Princess,
Holy Virgin Mary,
I offer on this day

My whole heart, life and soul.
Look upon me with compassion,
Do not leave me, my Mother.

The Purity of Our Blessed Mother
The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, ‘purity of heart is the precondition of the vision of God’ (2519). St. John of the Cross compares our souls to windows, which unless pure and clean cannot fully receive the light of God’s love or see that light. The pure heart is the undivided heart that wills what is true and true loyally and unreservedly.”
“The Catechism or CCC notes that the pure of heart are those who ‘have attuned their intellects and will to the demands of God’s holiness, chiefly in three areas: charity, chastity or sexual rectitude, love of truth and orthodoxy of faith’ (2518). We most often think of purity as connected to the area of sexuality, and rightly so; sexuality is so central to our humanity that impurity in that area is not uncommon. Hence, the Catechism mentions it specifically as the second of the three key areas of purity. But note that the first area is ‘charity,’ and this area is far-reaching. Charity here refers to God’s love poured into our hearts (grace), by which love we are capable of loving ourselves and loving others. Loving ourselves means being concerned about our final beatific end, and ordering our lives in light of that end. Loving our neighbors as ourselves means being as concerned about the rest of the community reaching their final goal as we are about ourselves reaching it.”
It is easy to apply the foregoing to Our Blessed Lady. Her stellar purity meant that everything about Her was suffused with divine grace. She now sees God in Heaven because She saw Him while on earth. At no time in Her existence was She devoid of God. She was truly pure, and for that reason was admitted into Paradise.
The Ever-Virgin Mary was and remains pure in charity, chastity and love of truth and orthodoxy of faith. And that purity is “divine” because it is inspired by God, imitates His purity and leads to Him.
Each of us benefits from the purity of Mary. Regardless of how difficult it is to be pure in charity, chastity and right belief, it is possible. By abandoning ourselves to God as She did, we open ourselves to fresh opportunities of achieving purity.
Such an accomplishment will induce us not to boast but to exclaim: “The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.” (Saint Luke 1:49) God the Father has set the seal of Jesus Christ His Divine Son on us through the workings of the Holy Spirit. We will be pure when we adopt the attitude of Our Blessed Lady and seek the divine purity that even yet radiates from Her.
Chastity is sexual purity and involves being morally clean in thoughts, words, and actions. Sexual intimacy is ordained of God for the creation of children and for the expression of love between husband and wife. God has commanded that sexual intimacy be reserved for marriage. When we are sexually pure, we qualify for the Holy Ghost, are protected from the emotional and spiritual damage of sexual sin.
1 Corinthians 6:13
13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

1 Corinthians 6:18
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

2 Corinthians 7:11
11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

2 Timothy 2:21
21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

Colossians 3:5 
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Hebrews 13:4
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

James 1:27
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

1 Timothy 4:12
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 5:22
22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

Matthew 5:8 
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Philippians 4:8
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Proverbs 16:2
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Proverbs 20:11
11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?

Psalm 19:9
9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.

Psalm 51:10
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 119:9
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
Romans 13:14
14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Titus 2:5
5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

2 Corinthians 6:6-7
6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

Philippians 2:14-15
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Psalm 24:3-4
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

Luke 11:34-35 
34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy,your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.

1 Peter 3:1-3
1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;

Philippians 1:9-11
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

2 Corinthians 6:4-6
4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

Psalm 24:1-4
1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god

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