Men

Dear Brother,

The Lord is calling you to give yourself entirely to Him. If you struggle to live the virtue of chastity in today’s society, or want to simply grow in a deeper appreciation and awareness of this virtue, hopefully this page will give you some inspiration.

I encourage you to take a look at the “Chastity” Page for some good resources.

One particular program which could be very beneficial is Exodus 90. This is a program of prayer, mortification, and fraternity designed to help you to really turn your life over to God, grow in friendship with other men, and understand how the material pleasures of the world do not ultimately bring us happiness.

Get off the couch. Turn off the TV. Don’t watch sports. Go play sports. Go to the Blessed Sacrament instead of the TV, computer, or phone. The devil wants your heart and soul, but Jesus Christ wants you more, and went to the most extreme death to save you. Are you willing to give Him your heart, mind, and body so that you can experience true freedom?

Read Bishop Olmsted’s Letter, Into the Breach on Catholic manhood and fatherhood.

There are people who smile when they hear chastity mentioned. Theirs is a joyless and dead smile, the product of a sick mind. And they tell you: ‘Hardly anyone believes in that any more!’ One of the things I used to say to the young men who accompanied me when I used to go, so very many years ago, to the slums and hospitals on the outskirts of Madrid was: ‘As you know, there is a mineral kingdom; then, on a higher plane, a vegetable kingdom, where we find life as well as existence. Higher still there is the animal kingdom, comprised of beings endowed, for the most part, with sensitivity and movement.’

Then I would explain to them, in a manner that may not have been very scientific, although it made the point, that we ought to establish another kingdom, the hominal kingdom, made up of human beings. This is because rational creatures possess a wonderful intelligence, a spark of the Divine Wisdom which enables them to reason on their own. And they also have the marvellous gift of freedom whereby they can accept or reject one thing or another, as they see fit. -St Josemaria Escriva

The ways of the Lord are not easy, but we were not created for an easy life, but for great things, for goodness…This is why young people are – you are – once again fully open to Christ. Christ did not promise an easy life. Those who desire comforts have dialed the wrong number. Rather, he shows us the way to great things, the good, towards an authentic human life.

When he speaks of the cross that we ourselves have to carry, it has nothing to do with a taste for torture or of pedantic moralism. It is the impulse of love, which has its own momentum and does not seek itself but opens the person to the service of truth, justice and the good. Christ shows God to us, and thus the true greatness of man.” Benedict XVI, address to German Pilgrims, 25 April 2005.