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Impure thoughts.

I suspect we all have them.  The saints had them. We can read that St. Catherine of Siena was terribly bothered and complained to Our Lord who told her that her merit was increased as she battled them. St. Francis of Assisi was known to throw himself into thorny rose bushes--such that the thorns disappeared and one can still see these thornless rose bushes today--or into a snow bank to counter these temptations. I heard that St. Anthony of Padua would trace out a Sign of the Cross and there is one place in a church where he used to like to kneel on the steps and pray and he had to trace out the cross so many times that it is etched in the rock!

That last idea has worked for me too.  Praying the Hail Mary and asking for Our Lady's help can be an aid.  And sometimes trying NOT to let the mind go in that direction, seems to just make it worse!  Here is another thing that distracts the mind and it is from Scripture and is long enough to break the pattern:

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8 )


With pornography so rampant and immodesty everywhere, what counters do you use to keep custody of the eyes and of your thoughts?
(05-27-2010, 08:16 AM)Magdalene Wrote: [ -> ]Impure thoughts.

I suspect we all have them.  The saints had them. We can read that St. Catherine of Siena was terribly bothered and complained to Our Lord who told her that her merit was increased as she battled them. St. Francis of Assisi was known to throw himself into thorny rose bushes--such that the thorns disappeared and one can still see these thornless rose bushes today--or into a snow bank to counter these temptations. I heard that St. Anthony of Padua would trace out a Sign of the Cross and there is one place in a church where he used to like to kneel on the steps and pray and he had to trace out the cross so many times that it is etched in the rock!

That last idea has worked for me too.  Praying the Hail Mary and asking for Our Lady's help can be an aid.  And sometimes trying NOT to let the mind go in that direction, seems to just make it worse!  Here is another thing that distracts the mind and it is from Scripture and is long enough to break the pattern:

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8 )


With pornography so rampant and immodesty everywhere, what counters do you use to keep custody of the eyes and of your thoughts?



For me they can only fought off by action,  because most of them are from intense memories of past sinful acts with someone who I really cared for,  cold shower, a walk down the street,  turning the baseball game. You are better person than I if you can ward them off by praye alone... God Bless
The Rosary is a tremendous help Magdalene
i find making the sign of the cross on my forehead and invoking Our Lady destroys the thought immediately.

St Therese said something interesting that is useful for today when impurity is so rampant and so open. She realised on her pilgrimage before she entered Carmel that if one's heart is pure one (i can't remember what she said exactly) is protected from alot of danger. I am not saying that one can gaze upon a swimsuit model "with a pure heart" and expect not to be tempted. But one can still calmly look away and pray for that person involved, who still has the dignity of being loved by God despite her appearances or behaviour. This will also serve as a prayer to help fight impure thoughts.

I'm 63 yrs. old and I've had impure (?) thoughts all my life.  I think it is natural to have those thoughts.  Acting on them is a sin.  I can't believe that just having impure (?) thoughts can be a sin.  I've been single all my life and I think not having sex because you are single is oppresivle.  It is natural to have sex.  I don't see anything impure or wrong with sex.
For me the rosary is the first line of defense so to speak. Like the previous poster I'm less than young, think sex is natural, but I am chaste. Here's the deal, at this age, the thoughts are not as strong as in younger days so a quick prayer asking for strength and grace almost always squashes them instantly.They are only temptations. And as you get older the difference between seeing and admiring a woman's beauty and well her gymnastic ability becomes clearer. In a homily in Matins by who now escapes my mind, he said handling snakes is what we do with temptations. They are poisonous yet we handle them, and they do not bite, nor cause death.
tim
Jacobhalo,

I recommend you read the Confessions of St. Augustine.
I usually say an Ave.
I can't remember who said it, but the saying is "The second look is what gets you in trouble".  I've found that it's that split second of first seeing or thinking about a temptation that is crucial.  One must resolve that as soon as these occasions of sin rear their head, they must fix their "gaze" on something else.  I find reading the nearest sign or clock is helpful if I'm out in public.  And of course, contemplating and viewing religious icons is a good practice. 
For the record, any sex outside of marriage is a profaning of the Temple of the Holy Ghost.  The "Desolating Abomination", if you will...
I think this needs to be said, having a temptation or the invitation to impure thoughts are not sinful, you must ascent and indulge.So an impure thought in and of itself isn't a sin, it's when we decide to run the porno in our heads.
tim
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