This is not our usual blog post but current events warrant that one speak out, share the truth of God's teachings on this awful matter.
The news is full to the brim in recent weeks of 'gay rights' articles, whether it be a senator 'converting' his opinions or those allowing exceptions such as 'civil unions' as a compromise between homosexuals being what they are and intruding upon the rights of one man and one woman in Holy Matrimony.
Our world is full of so many unchaste bombardments from movies, music, books to immodest dress, immoral relationships and the like. It has infiltrated public school systems and become part of our 'culture' so that it is hard to hide from its hideousness. An old news article was shared with me recently that calls to mind the reality that has taken place in our time compared to the days where the 10 Commandments were still the law of the land. Words have been changed and manipulated to be "politically correct" when in reality they are mere guises of the Devil to appease human respect (a sin against the 1st Commandment). Some excerpts from this article:
"What use to be called modesty is now called sex hangup. What used to be called Christian discipline is now called unhealthy repression. What used to be called moral IRResponsiblity is now called being fed up. What used to be called chastity is now called neurotic inhibitions. What used to be called living in sin is now called meaningful relationship. What used to be called perversion is now called alternative lifestyle. What use to be called sad is now called gay. What use to be called The Holy Almighty God is now called the man upstairs. What use to be called sin is now called making an honest mistake. What used to be called the offense of sodomy is now called gay rights."
Below is an article from an lovely vintage Catholic book on the 6th and 9th commandments that explains well the depth of this sin and the depth of the Law of God. The whole book may be read online by clicking on the title. To download this information in a printable PDF please click here- Sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments including Sodomy
Illustrated Explanation of the Commandments
By: Rev. H. Rolfus + Imprimatur 1887
The Sixth Commandment. -Thou shalt not commit adultery.
The Ninth Commandment-Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
Sins Against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, As the welfare of society depends on the preservation of human life, so the welfare of the family depends on the sacredness of the marriage-tie. But as the human community is but an aggregation of a number of families, the welfare of society depends no less on the sacredness of marriage. For this reason the sixth commandment forbids in the first place all violation of conjugal fidelity, and not only by deed, but also by intention, or by voluntary desire, as expressed in the ninth commandment. Just as the man who hates his fellow-man is called a murderer (St. John iii. 15), he who looks upon a woman to desire her is counted among the adulterers. " But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart" (St. Matt. v. 28).
Adultery is not a simple but a manifold sin, the adulterer not only sins against the sixth commandment but he violates the faith he has sworn before the altar, and the rights of his consort. Besides, injustice is frequently done to legitimate children by giving to those born in adultery the same fortune as to the former. Wherever any injustice has been done in this way, the adulterer is bound to repair all temporal loss which the innocent consort and the children have sustained.
In the Old Covenant adultery, like murder, blasphemy, and perjury, was punished with the severest penalty known, that of stoning. " If any man commit adultery with the wife of another, let them be put to death, both the adulterer and the adulteress" (Lev. xx. 10).
2. The sixth commandment prohibits all unchaste actions, whether committed with another or alone. It also forbids all voluntary unchaste thoughts and desires, all unchaste looks and words, all that incites to and develops impurity, all that violates holy modesty, be it by look or touch. It is an aggravating circumstance when this sin is committed with a person of the same sex, or a married person, or with an ecclesiastic or religious.
3. There are some sins which occur frequently, which are considered very trifling by many, and are scarcely punished by the authorities, and yet cause fearful moral havoc in the hearts and minds of men; they are the following:
a. Impure jokes and farces, words with a double meaning, and unchaste songs; they do not fail to corrupt the mind, because they excite unholy desires, root out modesty, and leave impressions on the imagination which are not easily effaced, and keep the soul in a constant state of temptation.
b. Impure pictures and representations, which familiarize with evil, poison the imagination, and in the same way as impure words, jokes, and songs leave the sting of sin in the heart.
c. Immoral books, in which vice is painted in alluring colors or defended, or in which bad principles are upheld. These sins are all the more heinous because they help to carry the seeds of vice into the remotest spheres, and cause grave scandal.
" Fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints, nor [let there be] obscenity" (Eph. v. 3. 4).
4. The malice and enormity of the sin of impurity is easily measured by its destructive effects, by its pernicious consequences, and by the punishment with which God visits it. Man, the image of God, becomes an animal in committing it. He no longer serves God; like the animal, he is a slave to his body and its desires. He even sinks below the level of the brute beast, for the animal follows its natural instinct, but man, who is endowed with a free will, sells his birthright, resists the voice of conscience, despises the grace which has been bestowed upon him, and deliberately rebels against the law of God. Sins against chastity not only corrupt the soul, but also the body, for disease and ruin follow in their train.
Other very common consequences of these sins are: Shattered fortunes, sorrow, disgrace, and ruin of
family happiness. Moreover, a man who is addicted to these vices sinks lower and lower, and becomes more and more weak and incapable of resisting temptation. What was first done from frailty is soon committed with full consent and deliberation. At last a man succeeds in persuading himself that lust is no sin. Thus he who fell with anguish and remorse of conscience, in the end becomes a hardened sinner.
Holy Scripture pronounces on the unchaste the following sentence: " For know ye this and understand, that no fornicator nor unclean person . . . hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God" (Eph. v. 5).
The sin of impurity committed by deed with a person of the same sex is called, because of its enormity and abominableness, the sin against nature, and also the Sodomite sin, because the inhabitants of Sodom were guilty of it. It is numbered among the sins crying to heaven for vengeance, cause Sodom was so wicked that the cry of its sin had "grown loud before the Lord" (Gen. xix. 13).
Duties Enjoined by the Sixth Commandment
On Chastity According to Our State.
As impurity is such a grievous sin that every time it is committed the soul is in danger, it is a most imperious duty for the Christian to avoid everything which might lead to it, and to use all those means by which we are strengthened against impurity and acquire divine grace. In the first place, we are commanded to practice chastity according to our state.
1. The most common causes which lead to sins of impurity, and, as it were, pave the way for them, are:
a. Intemperance in eating and drinking. " Wine is a luxurious thing, and drunkenness riotous" (Prov. xx. 1).
b. Idleness, which even the voice of the people has called the root of all evil. The Prophet already says of the inhabitants of Sodom : " Behold this was the iniquity of Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance, and the idleness of her, and of her daughters : and they did not put forth their hand to the needy and to the poor" (Ezech. xvi. 49).
c. Immodest dress, which causes many sins and causes great scandal. " In like manner the women also in decent apparel; adoring themselves with modesty and sobriety, and not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire" (i Tim. ii. 9).
d. Bold looks and listening to sinful discourses. The eyes and the ears are the channels through which sin enters into the soul. " Gaze not upon a maiden, lest her beauty be a stumbling-block to thee. Look not round about thee in the ways of the city, nor wander up and down in the streets thereof. Turn away thy face from a woman dressed up, and gaze not about on another's beauty. For many have perished by the beauty of a woman, and hereby lust is enkindled as a fire" (Ecclus. ix. 5, 7-9)
e. Indecent dances and plays. To dances applies, as St. Francis of Sales says, what we know of mushrooms: the best of them are worth nothing. St. Ephrem says : " Where noise of timbrels and dancing is heard, men are blinded and women seduced."
The greatest danger to holy purity are those long acquaintances, which seem innocent in the beginning, but nearly always lead to sin. Of them St. Alphonsus Liguori says: "I say in general, that a person who entertains acquaintances hardly keeps from proximate occasion of sin. Experience teaches that there are but few who keep up those intimacies and remain free from grievous sins. And although they may not sin in the beginning, they easily fall in the course of time. At first one speaks from affection, afterwards affection changes into passion, and when passion has once taken root, it blinds the understanding and effects that one falls into a thousand sins of impure thoughts, and words, and even into unchaste actions."
2. Chastity according to our state is threefold: conjugal chastity, chastity of widows, and of virgins.
a. Married people must know that not everything is allowed in the married state, but that nothing may be done which is opposed to the end of marriage. The marriage of Tobias and Sara is a most beautiful example of a devout marriage even for Christians. We read that Tobias said to Sara : " We are the children of saints, and we must not be joined together like heathens that know not God" (Tob. viii. 5).
The Angel Raphael discovered to Tobias how it happens that the devil gets power over married persons : " They who in such manner receive matrimony as to shut out God from themselves, and from their minds, and to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule, which have not understanding, over them the devil hath power" (Tob. vi. 17).
b. To widows the Apostle gives the following precept : " But she that is a widow indeed and desolate, let her trust in God, and continue in supplications and prayers night and day. For she that liveth in pleasures is dead while she is living. And this give in charge, that they may be blameless" (i. Tim. v. 5-7).
c. The chastity of virgins is extolled in Holy Writ and by the Fathers in the most glowing terms. In the Book of Wisdom it is written : " How beautiful is the chaste generation with glory: for the memory thereof is immortal : because it is known both with God and with men. When it is present, they imitate it: and they desire it when it hath withdrawn itself, and it triumpheth crowned forever, winning the reward of undefiled conflicts" (Wisd. iv. 1, 2).
Our Lord Himself likens those who do not marry and remain virgins to the angels (St. Luke xx. 36); and in the Apocalypse it is written of those who have not defiled themselves with women : " These are they who were not defiled with women : for they are virgins. These follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, the first fruits to God and to the Lamb" (Apoc. xiv. 4).
St. Francis of Sales praises chastity in these words: "Chastity is the lily among virtues; it makes man nearly like to the angels. Nothing is beautiful which is not pure, and the purity of man is chastity. It has the glory entirely its own of being the fair virtue resplendent in body and soul at the same time. A chaste heart is like the mother of pearl which does not allow any water to come into her shell except the drops which fall from heaven : it will not give itself up to unholy pleasure, nor admit even a voluntary thought of it into its sanctuary."
1. The Catholic Christian must remember that he can preserve the treasure of holy purity only by the grace of God, and therefore he must pray for it, and pray for it with great humility, for many have fallen because they deemed themselves strong and had too much confidence in their own virtue. Let us invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and bravely fight the good fight, looking to the splendid reward which she received and which awaits us also, so that we too may be crowned with all those glorious saints who have conquered before us. " Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God" (St. Matt. v. 8).
2. The sacraments are the means of grace of the Church. We must therefore receive them from time to time. We shall always come away strengthened from the Table of the Lord. The Christian's life ought to be an illustration of these words of the Prophet Zacharias : " For what is the good thing of him, and what is his beautiful thing, but the corn of the elect, and wine springing forth virgins?" (Zach. ix. 17).
3. In order to conquer our evil desires we ought to use even corporal means, such as mortification of
the senses by fasting, watching, labor, and other works of penance. " He that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sins" (i St. Peter iv. i).
4. The remembrance of the omnipresence of God, of His majesty and justice, of the bitter passion and death of Christ, the thought of death, judgment, and hell will also prove most powerful helps in overcoming our evil desires. "Walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh" (Gal. v. 16).
5. The most necessary means of preserving holy purity is the avoidance of bad occasions. In this warfare he is the strongest who takes to flight. " Flee from sins as from the face of a serpent : for if thou comest near them, they will take hold of thee" (Ecclus. xxi. 2).
We can see in what detestation God holds the vice of lust from the judgments with which He visited mankind at the time of Noe, and the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrha when He destroyed their cities (Gen. xix. 24). When during the wanderings in the desert the children of Israel committed sins of impurity with the daughters of Moab, twenty-four thousand of them were killed by the sword at the command of God (Num. xxv. 9). Because David had committed this sin with the wife of Urias, God sent him word through the Prophet Nathan : " Therefore the sword shall never depart from thy house, because thou hast despised Me, and hast taken the wife of Urias the Hethite to be thy wife. Because thou hast given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme for this thing, the child that is born to thee shall surely die" (2 Kings xii. 10, 14).
The two old men who were inflamed with lust towards the chaste Susanna saw her every day in the house of her husband Joachim, where they had entrance, because they were both judges of Israel. But they no longer remembered the just judgments of God, and at last their unguarded looks led to the assault they made on the pious woman. But because Susanna resisted the wicked old men they accused her, and charged her with the same crime to which they had tried to seduce her, and they found faith with the people, because they belonged to the judges of the land. Susanna would have been stoned if God had not raised up Daniel in order to bring her innocence to light (Dan. xiii.). Thus from unguarded looks sprang unchaste desires and actions, false witness, and blood-guiltiness. David also would have been preserved from the sin he committed with the wife of Urias if he had kept watch over his eyes (2 Kings xi. 2). Holy Job, on the contrary, could say of himself : " I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin" (Job xxxi. 1). The thought of the omnipresence
of God upheld the Patriarch Joseph in the hour of temptation; he said: "How then can I do this wicked thing, and sin against my God?" (Gen. xxxix. 9). It was the same thought which gave strength to Susanna steadfastly to resist the temptation by saying to the two wicked old men : " It is better for me to fall into your hands without doing it, than to sin in the sight of the Lord."