CFC Singles for ChristPURITY September 19, 2012
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8 Clean of Heart – pure, single-hearted constantly choosing God. to will one necessary thing, union with God forever.PURITY is the glory of the human body beforeGod. It is God’s glory shining in the human body.
When some young people asked Mother Theresa how they could learn to see and serve Jesus in the poor, she replied, “You need a clean heart.”Being clean of heart or single-hearted meansthat one cannot be deflected from the path toGod, from doing His will.
1. Pray in every moment. To be aware of God’s presence and allow that powerful presence to change our life. “God is with me.”2. Submit in every area. Is every room in our life open to God? Job. Recreation. Hobbies. Eating habits. Emotions. Thought patterns. Or one room is Off-limits to God? “God is watching me.”
3. Love in every act. “Let all that you do be done with LOVE.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14 “God loves me.”Let’s see GOD in Every Person Jesus promised that if your HEART is PURE, you’ll see GOD. You’ll see God in every person you met.”
Words for Reflections1. Chastity – “no to LUST”2. Lust – counterfeit LOVE – sexual desire void of God’s love – self-gratification at the expense of other3. Love – self-donation for the good of the other.4. Authentic love is impossible without chastity.5. Purity of Heart – when we understand, see, and experience the body as God created it to be, as a revelation of His own divine mystery.6. Freedom – The power to act or not to act. – exist for the sake of love and cannot be separated from truth.
1. Admit the problem and set the goal.2. Remove the temptation.3. Go to confession.4. Receive the Eucharist.5. Use personal prayer6. Ask the saints for help.7. Fast.8. Do something.9. Control your eyes and words.10.Exercise patient perseverance.
Battle Plan for Purity1. You must make a decision.2. Be vigilant with lust.3. Train yourself to self-mastery & self-sacrifice.4. Devout yourself to the real man. Jesus Christ5. Devout yourself to the real woman. Mama Mary6. Seek grace to forgive those who wounded you.7. Ask for forgiveness to those you’ve wounded.8. Seek professional counselling if needed.
Conclusion: PURE in HEARTWe should seek to live PURE LIVES because to do so glorifies GOD. 1. Seeking Him with all of our heart. 2. Hiding God’s Word in our heart. 3. Meditating on God’s Word.
Dearest Jesus!I know well that every perfect gift andabove all others that of chastity, dependsupon the most powerful assistance of thyProvidence, and that without thee acreature can do nothing.Therefore I pray thee to defend, with thygrace, chastity and purity in my soul aswell as in my body.
And if I have ever received through mysenses any impression that could stainmy chastity and purity, do thou, who artthe supreme Lord of all my powers, takeit from me, that I may with an immaculateheart advance in thy love and service,offering myself chaste all the days of mylife on the most pure altar of thy divinity.Amen.
I, _____________, make commitment to God,myself, my family, my friends, my future spouseand my future children to a lifetime of chastityand purity and purity including sexualabstinence from this day until the day I enterinto marriage.I am fully aware that keeping this pledge will notbe easy, that it counters the prevailing notionsof sexuality, that signing it may expose me tothe ridicule of my peers.
However, I am willing to make the sacrificebecause keeping this commitment will benefitmy life, the lives of people I love and ultimatelythe world.Keeping this pledge will make a responsible,mature and truly loving person, capable ofestablishing and maintaining healthy andmutually fulfilling relationships.Aware of these benefits which I desire for myself,I now confidently and proudly sign my name tothis Commitment to Chastity. So help me GOD.