Holy purity, defender of human and divine love

In order to carry out one's vocation, it is necessary to live holy purity, according to the demands of one's state. God gives the necessary graces to those who have been called to marriage and to whom he has asked for their whole heart, so that they may be faithful and live this virtue, which is not the principal virtue, but is indispensable for entering into the intimacy of God. It may happen that, in some environments, this virtue is not fashionable, and that living it with all its consequences is, in the eyes of many, something incomprehensible or utopian. The first Christians also had to face a hostile and aggressive environment in this and other fields.

Later, the pastors of the Church were forced to pronounce words like these of St. John Chrysostom, which seem to be addressed to many Christians of our day: "What do you want us to do, climb a mountain and become monks? And it is what you say that makes me weep: that you think that modesty and chastity are proper to monks. No. Christ set laws common to all. And so, when he said: whoever looks at a woman to desire her (Mt 5:28), he was not speaking to the monk, but to the man in the street (...). I do not forbid you to marry, nor do I object to your having fun. I only want it to be done with temperance, not with impudence, not with guilt and sins without count. I do not make it a law that you go to the mountains and deserts, but that you be good, modest and chaste even while living in the midst of cities."

What a great good we can accomplish in the world by delicately living this holy virtue! We will bring to all the places we habitually frequent our own environment, with the bonus odor Christi, the good aroma of Christ, which is proper to the chaste soul that lives chastity.

This virtue is accompanied by others, which hardly attract attention but which mark a way of behaving that is always attractive. Such are, for example, the details of modesty and modesty in dress, in grooming, in sports; the clear and unmitigated refusal to participate in conversations that disdain a Christian and any good person, the rejection of immoral spectacles, an approach to vacations that avoids idleness and moral deterioration...; and, above all, the cheerful example of one's own life, optimism in the face of events, the desire to live....

This virtue, so important in every apostolate in the midst of the world, is the guardian of Love, from which it is nourished and in which it finds its meaning; it protects and defends both divine and human love. And if love is extinguished it would be very difficult, perhaps impossible, to live it, at least in its true fullness and youth.