How not to eclipse the beauty of your youth
“To feel lustfully attracted to physical beauty — that is not love. Love is a desire for someone’s soul.”
We met on the pilgrimage trail. We believe it was Our Lady of Czestochowa who brought us together. She helped us strike up a friendship, which grew by degrees into deep affection. What we had been dreaming of for years happened at a difficult time in our lives. We wanted to enjoy our youth, to delight in its true beauty, and to avoid the mistakes of our friends. We promised each other that we would remain chaste.
This is not to say that our relationship was easy at first. We were afraid to bring up the “subject.” We feared we might lose each other, since our views were so different. To our joy we discovered that our fears were groundless; however, without them we would never have known such depth of happiness. During the retreat, we prayed before the Blessed Sacrament and promised each other that we would remain pure for marriage. We realize that it may well turn out that we are not destined for each other, but we believe that thanks to our prayers and through the intercession of Mary, we will be striving for perfection and developing inner qualities that we have not yet discovered. We know the value of our sexuality, and so we avoid situations that might destroy its beauty for us.
Remember, Satan does not sleep; he knows how susceptible we are to sin. But by persistent prayer we can defeat him. Please consider joining the Movement of Pure Hearts with us. Let us all strive for a love that is pure and beautiful.
Karolina & Michal
I Cannot Go It Alone
I have finally decided to join the Movement of Pure Hearts. Today the Lord Jesus has once again shown His infinite mercy, forgiven my sins of impurity, and filled my heart and soul with His presence, which I need so terribly much. I have said the Prayer of Pure Hearts and believe that a new chapter in my life has begun. I have been struggling with the sin of impurity for over ten years. I am sick, helpless, and severely addicted. It is a terrible thing to live in filth. I cannot think why I waited so long before deciding to seek treatment at this marvelous Clinic called the Movement of Pure Hearts. I wanted to climb out of the mire on my own. Yes, I thought that I eventually would master the problem. Only now can I see the terrible pride that has been working within me. My last several humiliating falls have absolutely convinced me that I can do nothing by myself. I simply cannot go it alone. Now I desire only one thing: to be able to entrust everything to Our Lord. After ten long years of sex addiction, I have finally got off the bus. I am amazed at the way Jesus works miracles and heals people of their addictions. I too want a place in His detox center. My only regret is that I did not get up the nerve to do this a long time ago. I want once again to set my heart on Jesus and Mary and overcome all the obstacles with their help; and this I can do only by joining the Movement of Pure Hearts. I very much want Jesus and Mary to heal me.
God Loves You More Than You Can Imagine
How gently God works in our hearts! It would amaze you to discover it. I come from a Catholic family. When I was 14, I began to masturbate — more out of curiosity than anything else. At first I did not realize that this was a sin. That awareness came later, along with anxiety, a tendency to retreat into myself and, in consequence, delayed physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth. To put it simply, I was a total failure. Fortunately, nothing is impossible with God. If we only have the desire to climb out of the mire and persist through the Sacrament of Penance in picking ourselves up every time we fall, He will heal and cure us. And He will do this slowly, one step at a time, gently and peacefully. That is how He did it in my case. I claim no credit for myself. I know I am very weak and a great sinner. But receiving Jesus daily in the Eucharist and going to Confession every two weeks give me the strength to walk in the way of salvation. At this time I belong to three communities, the Movement of Pure Hearts being one of them. Without your prayers, I should not be able to say, as I am now, that, to the extent that we allow Him, Jesus can transform our hearts. Without prayer, I should have died long ago. That is why I am filled with gratitude for the gift of this wonderful movement. To those who would hesitate to join, I have one thing to say: Do not be afraid! God loves more than you could ever imagine!
Adam, aged 21
I Want to Open my Heart to the Power of God
The death of John Paul II brought me back to the Church. During the memorial Mass, I experienced a moment of sincere remorse and went to confession. I attribute my conversion to the prayers of many people. Now I see how important it is for me to pray for all my loved ones who remain enmeshed in the anti-values of the world.
I came across a copy of LOA at a friend’s house. It was only then I realized that any kind of coherently articulated opposition to the “new morality” existed. Alas, I will never be able to offer my husband the gift of my virginity, but I believe that not all is lost. Picking oneself up after a fall is worth it. Rising up and fighting in the name of Jesus Christ is worth it! I want to resist evil — for my family, for my husband — God’s gift to me — and for my children.
When I first read about the Movement of Pure Hearts (MPH), I thought it was a superhuman, unachievable undertaking. As I gradually resigned myself to the prospect of chastity, I came to the realization that chaste relations between people are so necessary and basic that they must be possible! Now my greatest desire is for God to create a pure heart in me. I want God to heal my wounds. I want Him to bring good out of all the fears and anxieties I feel when contemplating what He has prepared for me. I want my hard heart to be opened to His power! I want to offer Him pride of place in my heart. I want my heart to be pure. I know that falls and hardships lie ahead of me, but I believe that with God at my side I can overcome every obstacle. Now that I belong to MPH, I know I will be able to walk the right path.
Sandra, aged 24
The above article was published with permission from Miłujcie się! in November 2010