Why is chastity important?
Chastity is important because sexuality affects our ability to form healthy bonds with other people. It affects the unity of our body and soul, including our capacity to love and to procreate. Chastity is important because this is how we live with our bodies ordered to God. Before the Fall, all the physical senses were in complete harmony and controlled by reason. Temperance is loving my body, keeping it clean and pure, moderating taste, exercising continence in touch, and remaining chaste in all the senses. Infused with the theological virtue of love, we see the fruit of chastity.
A prayer for chastity.
Dearest Jesus, I know well that every perfect gift, and above all others that of chastity, depends upon the most powerful assistance of Your Providence, and that without You a creature can do nothing. Therefore, I pray You to defend, with Your grace, chastity, and purity in my soul as well as in my body. And if I have ever received through my senses any impression that could stain my chastity and purity, may You, who are the Supreme Lord of all my powers, take it from me, that I may with an immaculate heart advance in Your love and service, offering myself chaste all the days of my life on the most pure altar of Your dignity.St. Thomas Aquinas
Today, I will be in conversation with God asking for the fruit of chastity.