The Difficulty of Chastity and the Grace of God

All this however most certainly does not go to show that sensual excitability, as a natural and congenital characteristic of a concrete person, is in itself morally wrong.  An exuberant and readily roused sensuality is the stuff from which a rich—if difficult—personal life may be made.  It may help the individual to respond more readily and completely to the decisive elements in personal love.  Primitive sensual excitability (provided it is not of morbid origin) can become a factor making for a fuller and more ardent love.  Such a love will obviously be the result of sublimation.

–John Paul II, Love and Responsibility

I was thinking of this quote from Blessed John Paul II recently when I read something from a fellow who also lives with same-sex attraction and who readily admits to having a heck of a time following the moral teachings of the Church. I’ve come to really admire his openness and his heart, because he’s really “working out his faith, with fear and trembling,” and communicates with painful honesty about his desires to follow God in pursuing chastity, but finds it very difficult to remain chaste, something I understand.  It’s a very real emanation of St. Paul’s famous phrase that we do what we don’t want to do, and don’t do what we want to do.  I can tell from his writings that the man has a beautiful soul. Continue reading