Lust makes us unsteady in our repentance.

Lust, also called carnal desire, lasciviousness or sensualism, is also one of the Seven Deadly Sins. 

Everyone has to deal with this vice at some point in their lives. It's the reason why we struggle so much to attain a pure heart. Causing many people to abandon God!

Carnal desire opposes directly against chastity, which means respect for sexuality. This bad habit doesn't only stain our body, but also our souls.

Sexual impurity will wrap itself around all our senses! That's why the consequence of living in this condition is anxiety. But we must understand that anxiety does not mean repentance! 

Lust will cause us to be blind for spiritual values and it will darken our mind, hindering us to understand spiritual matters. It will weaken our determination to fulfill God's Will. It will cause us to put God's creation before Him! Thus this vice is an offense against the 1st Commandment!

There are different ways in which we can commit this sin: 

  • With our senses. (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch)
  • With our hearts.
  • With our minds.
  • Through friends. (exciting your senses and involving you in their own sinful lives)

This sin causes that we will have:

  • Inconstancy in repentance. Because it's a carnal sin, your senses will always be attached to it. 
  • Aversion against God, this is because God prohibits the pleasure that we desire.
  • Anxiety. It will also cause us to make an insincere confession, resulting in committing sacrilege when we receive communion.

The type of persons in which this kind of bad habit is strongly nestled:

  • Lazy people.
  • People that are “comfortable” the way they are.
  • People who love to eat and drink too much.
  • People who like the company of the opposite sex too much. (in an impure way)

“ For this is the will of God, your Sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the gentiles who do not know God.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, we know that prayer can “move mountains”. Let's pray to our Lord asking Him to help us to achieve a pure heart. This will make us able to listen to the inspirations and guidance of the Holy Spirit living within us. 

To achieve a pure heart we can practice the Opposed Virtues in order to persevere in our determination of following our Lord Jesus Christ, until He receives us in His Eternal Home.

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