We live in a wicked world. That is a simple fact. Our fallen world is full of adultery, fornication, and other sexual debauchery most of which used to be unmentionable in polite company. The spread of disease is only the physical toll, the emotional toll has been much greater and left our civilization greatly damaged, especially the Sacrament of Matrimony. All of that pales in comparison to the spiritual toll the debauchery of the sexual revolution has taken with so many souls hurtling headlong toward Hell, having chosen debauchery over God. Chastity is not abstinence from all sexual intercourse, but rather the recognition of the sacredness of the marital embrace and keeping it within the proper context of sacramental marriage. These sins of the flesh expand to include our thoughts, as Jesus made very clear in Matthew 5:27-29 where he also gave a grave warning on the consequences of such actions and the importance of eliminating them from yourself.
27“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; 28but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29“If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell
Because we live in a fallen world, many people struggle with sins against Chastity. In order to wage war against this sin it is better to face it with an army rather than alone. Even if you have a special gift of chastity, where you yourself are free of most or all temptations against Chastity, you should consider joining the army fighting to defeat this debauchery as there are special graces to be obtained. The army of which I speak is the Angelic Warfare Confraternity. It is an Official Confraternity of the Catholic Church and was founded as such by Benedict XII in 1757. It’s patron Saint is St. Thomas Aquinas. You can read more about the history of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity here. The short version is below.
The roots of the devotion began sometime after St. Thomas Aquinas died. People began wearing a cord around their waist in imitation of the grace and revelation that St. Thomas had received from the 2 angels who had appeared to him after he was tempted severely with a prostitution by his two brothers. St. THomas knelt down a prayed to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary to maintain his purity. The Queen of Angels heard him and sent her angels to tell him that if he wore the cord and cooperated with God’s grace he would maintain holy chastity throughout his life, which he did. People then began imitating him after he died, especially people who had struggled with sexual sins. And they received healing. So the roots of the devotion are very ancient. However, the devotion was not formally established until the 16th century by Friar Francis Duerwerdes, O.P. Afterwards in 1727 Pope Benedict XIII would officially establish it as a Confraternity under the direction of the Master of the Order of Preachers. There is a ritual for chastity that is celebrated, which only Dominicans have the Church’s authority to do in virtue of our profession and ordination.Friar Mariano D Veliz (<- Click for his facebook page) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Struggling against the wickedness in this world alone is a daunting prospect, but when you have an army of people supporting you with their prayers and their friendship, it can be done. Choose today to make a decision to support chastity – in your marriage, in your life, and in your thoughts. Choose God over the wickedness of the world, and save yourself the physical, emotional, and spiritual quagmire you would otherwise be mired in – or better still get free of the quagmire if you are there now.