“Never talk of impure things or events, not even to deplore them. Look, it’s a subject that sticks more than tar. Change the conversation, or if that’s not possible, continue, but speaking of the need and beauty of holy purity–a virtue of the men who know what their souls are worth.”
- St. Josemaria Escriva
"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." - Einstein
The man of impure speech is a “person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.”
- St. John Vianney
“More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
– Our Lady of Fatima
Doubts of the Deed
This piece shows the doubts one may have going into their first time with a partner they have not been in a committed relationship where communication on both parties would be needed.
Submitted by Alesha Caldeira
This hand embroidered
piece is intended to represent the theme of ‘Chastity’. This work was largely
inspired by Pope Saint John Paul ii and the quote, ‘only the chaste man and the
chaste woman are capable of true love’. As well as Saint John Marie Vianney and
the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
The virtue of Chastity enables couples to love one another in accord with their common dignity, therefore enabling them to love each other purely and truly. Saint John Marie Vianney describes chastity as a rose, which the Holy Spirit reposes in. ‘The Holy Spirit reposes in a chaste soul as in a bed of roses’, this is why there are flowers at the top of the piece, to represent the roses of chastity that the ‘Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance’. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is at the center to represent her who most perfectly embodied the virtue of chastity, and we as her children may implore her to obtain the virtue of chastity for us. The great doctor of the church St. John of the Cross says that many temptations against chastity have been overcome solely by devotion to the immaculate Virgin. Therefore, the Immaculate Heart is the center of the piece so that everyone who strives for the virtue of chastity may look to her for help and for an example to follow after.
Submitted by Clare Leid
Winner: First Place
At The Turning Point
This is a depiction of a young woman - portrayed at the centre bottom - who is turning from a life of impurity to a life of chastity.
Symbolism for Lust
Symbolism for Love
Winner: People's Choice
This piece entitled, “The Cycle of Life”, portrays an extended family of grandparents, parents and children at the beach during the sunset. The grandparents look on to see the beautiful family they created and watched their children create.
This piece encompasses the idea of continuity. It represents the never ending cycle of love as it is passes through each generation repeatedly; two people fall in love, create a family, watch their children fall in love and create their own family and so on. It’s a cycle that is so fulfilling and enriching. Hence the use of vibrant orange and pink tones in the piece to capture that richness. An analogous colour scheme with low to medium contrast was used to create visual harmony to give a sense of togetherness, but also capture the love present within the family.
Winner: Second Place
As I got older, love has been a stubborn child nagging and taking away my peace of mind. The connection and affection shared among two people never felt like it existed in my life. It posed as a visiting type relationship where I only witnessed this love between two people scarcely, from time to time. My pessimistic mind often got the better of me as I conjectured my life, allowing myself to believe that love is out of sight. My imagination often had to step in place from time to time. To allow my mind to take a break from its ongoing exercise of contradicting every insight of how love can be defined. In our mundane lives, society tends to relate love and lust. Clashing them as distant cousins when they’re neighbors with no relation in their lives. My imagination never failed to take responsibility over my lackadaisical mind. Love and lust are playing tug of war where love is on the losing team at the beginning of the line and Lust further down on the other side. My piece is showing love, the love that I pictured and defined in my imagination at night. The love that I wished I witnessed frequently in real life. What I imagined in my mind is love that never runs out. Two people who promised to love each other every second every hour. Their bodies never defined their love, for it meant far more to them. Allowing themselves to grow as one unit without the interference of the revolutionary addiction of lust spreading globally. Society never fazed them, for they were the protagonists of their lives. Their love made them oblivious holding potent in their minds. Their love is worthwhile for it’s showed communication, compassion, chastity and more affection than an entanglement of lust can even wish to provide. Their love was one of a kind.
Mother asks “if your friends jump off a bridge would you.” Honestly, they hadn’t needed to. All they had done was said, and like pied piper rats they were misled.
Mother asks her daughter, “Were you not afraid the waves would hold you down, chock the sound of yes out of you, leave you to drown. The daughter responds that she hadn’t thought that far. Couldn’t consider that water may scar.
Mother berates her, “she’d said she’d wait.” Mother does not wait, up-hoist the conversion to her son. Surprisingly the segment of blame does not come. She simply hums, “Just don’t get them pregnant,” How can both children hold the same view yet only one child is untrue.
Even unsaid, the words can easily be read. This system that was created is a pandora’s box of paradox. It must self-destruct if even the foundations are made of rot.
It is unbearable that adults are not careful enough to not leave instructions unclear. Children and teens can only adhere when knowledge is acknowledged. The construction of notes for transactions earns proper actions. The attraction that is the act of reproduction is the same. Blame cannot be given to rules that are left unwritten. Opinions for raising children cannot cause the blaming of girls and the praising of boys for the same action. This would obviously cause a frustrating reaction.
The fact is both parties have parts in these stories.
Thus, in order to start the part to help people to develop the state of mind for them to wait for a proper marriage binds before things happen behind closed doors. We must uniform the data we use to inform what is right from what is wrong. Because life may be filled of closed doors but the cause to open them is that consistency is key.
To be chaste means to be untouched
To be chaste doesn’t mean unwatched
What do you do if they stop and stare?
And they’re only concerned on what you wear?
Or what you don’t wear
Rather to speak
And the blossom of a love affair
That could be over in a week
What would you do when it’s over?
And you realize you’re now sober
Not sober from rum and whine
But well aware that you crossed a line
A line that you feel shouldn’t have been crossed
You had your fun but at what cost?
Now if there was a way to feel loved
Instead of feeling like you were shoved
Abstinence focuses on what you can’t incorporate in your life
And to save yourself for your husband or wife
But chastity means so much more
To look into yourself and explore
Explore love, freedom, respect and peace
So bountiful blessing may increase
Explore a romance that you won’t regret
And have your feelings spared from a threat
Threat of feeling like you were used
By self-inflicted mental abuse
The feel of shame of one’s disappointment
Only to have a shortened enjoyment
Sure, sex may great but what’s the rush?
For a brief moment when you blush?
Chastity allows you to see who you are
Instead of leading home or being lead from a bar
Chastity shows why you love and breaks all confusion
Instead of you forming your own illusion
Chastity shows how you are worth the wait
Until you find a suitable and selfless mate
Tell me, is it Love or Lust?
Are they somebody that you can trust?
Do you think you’re ready to be impure?
Just because you think your mature?
Mature and ready to take on a huge responsibility
To commit an act meant for fertility?
And what’ll happen when the intimacies gone?
And you feel like they’re ready to be withdrawn
Celibacy ensures you of who is true
And that the love can always be renewed
Chastity includes working together for cooperation
And someone who gives you the right motivation
Feeling loved and the need to feel adored
Shouldn’t compromise your relationship with the lord
God gave us this body that works without mind
Let self-respect prevail and find another way to unwind
He made our intelligence so far and beyond
So, let’s not limit ourselves to a mate with no bond
Play a game, Word Search if you may
Anything that won’t lead you astray
Preserving oneself is a major goal
It promotes upliftment for the body and soul
Cleansing your psyche for the greater hype
In the name of chastity, no tears you shall wipe
We’re all accountable for the things we do
The things that we don’t we’re accountable to
To yourself you can be true
Chastity should be about you, you, and you
LOVE OR LUST
Slowly I raised my head, gazing into your deep bright eyes
A conversation with no words leaving our lips
A feeling of warmth arose from my feet to my head,
standing there still and sturdy as planted bricks
The moment you smiled, I blushed,
slowly looking back down on the ground
glancing and thinking “who are you?”, “oh my!” and “wow!”
Risking seeing you only once was not an option
So, we are keeping into contact now
Holding on to this connection, we share
The tendencies that drove our minds wrong
The wonders of you I admire
That makes me feel as if I’m on cloud nine
but I won’t continue to be a liar
because you are not thine
there is someone else who has my heart
but on the other hand, you have my mind
Someone I truly adore
The person who seeped my shine
I can’t help who my heart yearns for
At least y’all are both mine
Have I told you, of the happiness you bring?
But oh my! that person and I!
We went through sun and rain
our souls are combined
But us, our minds are entwined
And I’m unable to do anything about it,
because this is how I am designed
Experiencing with you and sharing with the other
Persistence in grace and delicate as a flower
loving, and being carried away by the lustful power
A power invested in myself
A power that is underestimated
Taking my time with slow and steady contemplating
Which one should I choose to have,
this situation that I created
I know some time I will have to pick one
With hopes that y’all will adjust
But for now,
still can’t decide between Love Or you, my Lust.
Winner: Second Place
Vows of chastity
I hold the prize and its right before my eyes its God and our love that we needa compromise it the love not the lust and the process to trust you see this is a must cause we need this for us.
This is a virtue it cannot hurt you it really takes 2 to get the work through control your passion get it in action mental subtraction dont need no distractions resist temptation keep your salvation increase levitation keep the love going earn it while its growing let it be glowing hey hey .
Keeping that self respect when you walk in Christ you know that there are no regrets you know that he is just waiting up there to bless so let us keep our love thing a little modest just so we could past this test i mean perseverance is all for the best just so that the enemy cannot get a hold of me cuz i know that right now God is really molding me. (Uh) protecting me from what i cannot see its just my purity im living morally this aint insanity this is for you and me open your eyes and see this is the plan for me.
Vows of chastity keep on working cause you got that tenacity see our goal is bigger than the capacity we gotta maintain our sanctity (Cmon)
Working with fidelity it is a necessity strong in stability tell me are you feeling me reaping all the benefits push aside the opposites putting up the limits when it comes to being celibate. Im living freely in this faithfully giving it totally progressing fruitfully we got that integrity being clean mentally lets kick out the enemy lets go lets go putting this into the seeds that we sow we have time to grow and just so you know our blessing gonna overflow like
Pause: hold on i aint finish yet.
"Lustful Love or Lovable Lust?"
Everybody knows the word "LOVE"
Others would say For you,
Everything I can do,
I can climb the mountain top as you make my heartbeat pound like a butterflies in my stomach fluttering,
You're the cause of my euphoria and used to brings me an insomnia
But, who knows the true meaning of Love? other's say Love symbolizes lust and Lust symbolizes love but Love doesn't always happen from love, and Lust won't forever last
However, we should know the right virtue that applies to sexuality
A sign of true love without giving up your body as early
Through chastity, refers to the capacity to have reverence for the gift of sexuality
This involves being morally clean in thoughts, words, and actions
while sexual intimacy is ordained of God for love expression and children's creation
It consists of Faith, Responsibility, Joy, Femininity, and Masculinity
The question is, How Love and Lust differ from each other?
Love gives while Lust takes
Love is conditional while Lust is conditional
Love brings relaxation while Lust brings tension
Love is a decision while Lust is like an infatuation
Love brings sacrifice while Lust brings violence
Love surrender while Lust crave for desire
Love sets you free while Lust imprisons you and an interdictory
Love discusses feeling in reality while Lust discusses feelings in a fantasy
Love is like a drug, no rehab can fix it,
It will take a whole lot of medication before we're able to move on
It's not a sin at all to fall in love but,
Make sure your action is a reflection of love
Thus, Chastity is necessary It signifies
Spiritual energy capable of defending love from perils of aggressiveness and self-greedy
It includes apprenticeship in self-mastery
Which is a training in human liberty and witness God's fidelity because chastity is a joyous affirmation to free from slavery
So man and a woman needs a continuous illumination of holy spirit
To live chastely and increase human's dignity enables them to love unselfishly
How does chastity benefits us?
Well first of all it decreased chances of psychological damage from expressing intimacy without commitment, Second ,free from STD, HIV, and AIDS third, avoid early pregnancy and miscarriage
Chastity is an ultimate perfection of human spirit as true love came from Jesus Christ
As written in the bible,
For God so loved the World, he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have an eternal life
Hence, Parents should teach chastity
Thereby creating framework of educating young adolescent for self-realization and implies temperance, prudence, and fortitude formation
If parents will not teach children about chastity
They're failing in their first duty likewise,
They will be guilty as they tolerate their children to grow up with immorality
To avoid lust have a strong connection with God to resist
Don't let your physical pleasure and sexual gratification be the center of your relationship
Try meditation to develop an inner peace
And feel an ease
Think about twice and wisely,
"As We shouldn't rush ,don't let your dignity, reputation, and image turn into an ash"
Trisha Mae Fernandez
Winner: People's Choice
Boiling emotions, feelings and urges,
Hormones engulf the body and mind via surges,
Is it love to naturally look at someone and be attracted?
Or is it lust that you are attracted by their image as your mind reacted,
Love, a word so simple and so complex,
It’s so much more than flowers, dates and animalistic sex,
It’s a blend of feelings, emotions and a fire of affection,
The ability to see someone entirely and open warm arms with no judgement or neglection,
To be driven by them, their personality, their passion or simply their smile,
You would do so much for so little, to see their face you’d even walk a mile,
Not only what you say but the way you act,
The ability to touch someone’s heart so deeply you’d see a lifestyle impact,
Contrary, to the flip-side of this coin,
People experience sensations burning deep from within their loin,
Enticing and seducing minds by selling false hopes and dreams,
Saying they love them truly but in reality not one word is what it seems,
Lust, seeing a person and undressing them with your eyes,
Leading yourself to be addictive and nothing but an illusion in disguise,
Simply starts by sending one simple explicit text,
Leading to unclothed words, pictures and that question, What’s next?
From then and there the choice you make determines your aura,
One to be pivotal and firm or to become a mindless explorer,
A road leading to be compelling and addictive, a slave to sex and lust,
Or one that is dignified, right and genuinely just,
Through all the thick and thin, luckily there is a key,
One hard to maintain and keep a hold of in today’s twisted society,
One that many cannot comprehend as it is overwhelms their mental capacity,
One single virtue, entitled Chastity,
Abstinence, a discipline so crucial and meaningful,
For the construction and formation of something so flavored and beautiful,
Imagine a relationship built of compassion and pure love, surely a win,
And as a plus you’d be living right by God since no fornication means no sin,
Remember love is deep and consummation sacred,
Don’t let undeserving hearts compromise your dignity disrobing you naked,
Real eyes recognize real lies, so open your eyes to see what is true,
And protect yourself, protect your heart by practice of this virtue,
Always be observant and be extremely cautious,
Identify and feel the difference between love and what is really lust,
Remember a solid relationship is not built on only heated romance,
So make the right choice to build something beautiful and not lose the chance.
Winner: First Place
Chastity. An absence, a minor refrain. Chastity, not a burden or pain.
A form of self love, if I must say. The time when perseverance comes in play.
With this I keep my honor, my virtue, confidence and pride. Self will empowered enough to with still the desires with which anyone is tried.
Daily, monthly, weekly can these temptations come. Capturing young men and and women especially who don’t stand firm.
Some say being that way is “hold back” it isn’t “fun”.
“Why must I wait for marriage when sex can so easily be done?”
Without commitments, entanglements and promises after. Just a brush and rush! No care whatsoever.
But tell me, is that how you want to feel? Used? Just another tool disposed of after no longer being new!
Will you feel happy walking the streets hearing your name? Being uttered out of guys mouths with no shame?
“She was by me last night.” “I had her in that position.” “She’s and easy girl to get.” “No guards up this one."
For hastiness often leads to regret after. Consciences bothering you for what you should’a, could’a, would’a.
Sometimes even expectations aren’t met. Fantasies built in your head don’t always be what you get.
Nothing hurtful actually, just the truth. Ladies and gentlemen, please think before you do.
Never be complacent, that is your body, your temple, your hearts home. The only one with complete control is you.
Personally as a young chaste woman, it does get harder each and every day. I won’t kid myself or lie and say this journey so far has been easy for me.
Emotions often stirred, feelings occasionally caught. But the person who helped me the most through it all was God.
Some nights I explained to him all of my thoughts, praying heavily for the answers I sought.
When in doubt, I, you can most definitely lean, call, grasp upon the father. A person who will spiritually, religiously truthfully guide you down the right part thereafter.
There are also many repercussions to face, being a person wanting to have intercourse all over the place.
HIV, HPV, Herpes, AIDS. Unplanned pregnancies, undesired abortions. Ruined names.
Chastity once again, helps avoiding such things. Keep yourself, save yourself for marriage not a life time of pain.