J.M.J. This discussion of the virtue of chastity from Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D., in Divine Intimacy (#88, page 259), is a masterpiece. How fitting on this Saturday of Our Lady, the Memorial of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the Feast of Saint Valentine.
"Outside of marriage, absolute continence is demanded of everyone without distinction. Conjugal chastity limits marital pleasure to the end of marriage itself. Even as poverty frees us from slavery to earthly goods and regulates their use, so chastity frees us from the slavery of our senses and moderates their use. ( . . . .) Chastity of body, therefore, calls for chastity of heart. Jesus strongly insists on this interior purity."
Mother most chaste, pray for us.