grace of God, the virtue of purity is obtained by vigilance
and the formation of good habits. To safeguard our purity is
part and parcel of learning self-control. All means that can
strengthen the will are to be encouraged, whether natural or
supernatural, e.g. avoiding bad company, praying. Anything
that weakens the will is to be avoided. Countless souls down
the ages have preserved and protected THIS NOBLE VIRTUE by the
Receive Holy Communion often with great devotion and reverence.
Go to Confession regularly, at least once a month but if possible
every two weeks or even weekly.
Have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, Mary Immaculate.
Say your three Hail Mary's morning and night. In temptation,
call earnestly on Our Divine Lord, Our Blessed Lady and St.
Joseph. Imitate Our Lady's modesty in dress, speech and behaviour.
Avoid people whose conduct offends purity and whose conversation
is impure (off-colour stories, double-meaning jokes, etc.).
Avoid suggestive comics, magazines, books and especially avoid
bad television, films and videos.
Much modern pop music is designed to demoralise by rousing the
passions through its beat and suggestive words. Avoid this
along with all discos and improper dancing.
Always remember that intemperate use of alcohol, and of course
drugs, is certainly a near occasion of sins of impurity.
Develop various interests for your spare time, such as ... good
reading, art, painting, learn a musical instrument, a useful
hobby, gardening, etc.
Pray to the Patrons of Purity - Saint Joseph, Saint Dominic
Savio, Saint Maria Goretti, your Guardian Angel and others.
Maria Goretti, who, strengthened by God's grace, did not hesitate,
even at the age of eleven, to shed your blood and sacrifice
life itself to defend your virginal purity, deign to look graciously
on the unhappy human race which has strayed far from the path
of eternal salvation. Teach us all, and especially our youth,
the courage and promptness to flee for love of Jesus, anything
that could offend Him or stain our souls with sin. Obtain for
us from Our Lord and Our Lady Immaculate, victory in temptation,
comfort in the sorrows of life, and the grace which we earnestly
beg of thee, purity in soul and body, so that we may one day
enjoy with thee the imperishable glory of heaven. Amen.
Prayers to repeat in time of temptation.
conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Mary, Joseph, I love You, save souls.
pardon and mercy, by the merits of Thy Holy Wounds.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee!