Learn how to be chaste from St. Augustine.
“Lord, give me chastity and continence, but not yet!” This infamous prayer of the young Augustine of Hippo (354-430) reflects the inner conflict of any soul who recognizes the virtuous thing to do yet fears the demanding struggle against human urges and passions. In his Confessions, St. Augustine was not afraid to admit his utter powerlessness in the face of sexual temptation.
St. Augustine’s battle with chastity is as inspirational as it is well-known. For many years he struggled to change his life, while at the same time being so completely chained to his sin that he was unable to make the changes necessary. Discover his story here and learn how to overcome persistent sins in your own life following his example.
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, That my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, That my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, That I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, To defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, That I may always be holy.~St. Augustine
Today, I will be inspired by the Holy Spirit to live a chaste life!