Increase your desire to be holy
|St. Augustine: Reading the lives of the saints compelled him into action.
One of the best ways to fight impurity is to increase your desire to be holy. “But being holy is boring!” You say.
Ahh, that old trick of the Devil. If by boring you mean, you can go to sleep with a clean conscience; or can look yourself in the mirror or look at others and see them, not body parts; if boring is being in Heaven with friends and family, then give me boring!
If you increase your desire to be holy, your desire to be impure will lessen!
Father Ken VanHaverbeke
Seven Steps to Freedom:
Seven Steps to Freedom: Focus on Step Six:
“Increase your desire to be holy.”
Saint Ignatius of Loyola loved to read. So when he was recovering from a battle field wound he read. Only two types of books were available: romance novels and the lives of the saints. He chose the romance novels first!
He loved reading them. Afterwards through we felt depressed and sad. There was no way he would ever live out what he read. They only teased him. Loser!
Then he began to read about the saints. Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Dominic, and Jesus. After reading them he began to use his imagination and think about doing what the saints did. He grew excited. It was reality. He really could drop everything and follow Jesus. He really could fast, go on a pilgrimage, be a soldier for Christ.
The romance novels left him empty…fantasy, cotton candy, t.v. sitcoms. Nice, but no meaning.
The lives of the saints compelled him into action…reality, meat and potatoes, real life!
Easy choice for Ignatius. For more info go to: http://ignatianspirituality.com/
Movies and books-- videos on the internet can help. When you read about a saint and what they went through, you want to be like them. Did you know St. Francis, St. Benedict, and St. Augustine all were confronted with sins of impurity? How did they deal with it? Find out! Watch out for thorns though! Here are some good books and movies that might help you to want to become holy:
My Life with the Saints, James Martin
Padre Pio: Man of Hope, Renzo Allegri
Fatima for Today, Andrew Apostoli
Our Lady of Kibeho
Clare and Francis
Padre Pio: Miracle Man
St. John Bosco: Mission to Love
Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa
Even watching a video of Padre Pio celebrate Mass on youtube can help eliminate temptation, but do be careful on the net! Don’t go there if you are vulnerable. Don’t let the Devil tease you into temptation and sinning! It’s not worth it!
"More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason."