Monday, July 31, 2006

The Challenge of Chastity: Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

"The single deepest problem of most young people and adults in our country is with chastity. Having said this, one important conclusion follows. The weakest word I could use is to speak of the “price" of eternal life. In our sex-intoxicated culture, the price of maintaining one's chastity is nothing less than a living martyrdom. I mean this literally. Ordinary adolescents will not survive the demonic pressure on their purity. Ordinary men and women will not survive, ordinary priests and bishops will not survive. Ordinary religious will not survive. Nothing less than heroic chastity is necessary, and the price of heroism is a deep faith, even at the sacrifice of one's life, in Christ's teaching that only the pure of heart shall see God."

~ Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

To read Father Hardon's talk Chastity and Eternal Life, go here.

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