To guard against Lust, absolutely avoid unnecessary familiarities

November 12, 2021 • 1 min

From The Sinner’s Guide, page 351

In addition to all this, be very guarded in your intercourse with women, and beware of continuing alone with one for any length of time; for, according to St. Chrysostom, the enemy attacks men and women more vigorously when he finds them alone. He is bolder when there are no witnesses present to thwart his artifices.

Avoid the society of women who are not above suspicion, for their words inflame the heart, their glances wound the soul, and everything about them is a snare to those who visit them with imprudent familiarity.

Be mindful of the example of the elders, [Dan. xiii.] and let not old age render you less prudent. Do not trust to your own strength; and let not a habit of virtue inspire you with presumptuous confidence.

Let there be no improper interchange of presents, visits, or letters, for these are so many snares which entangle us and reawaken dangerous affections.

If you experience any friendship for a virtuous woman let your intercourse be marked by grave respect, and avoid seeing her too often or conversing too familiarly with her.

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