WEDNESDAY
February 6, 2002
volume 13, no. 23

Pledges of Chastity



Something special to fortify and sanctify temples of the Holy Ghost

    The title of this series is called "Feed My sheep", taken, of course from Jesus' words to Peter in John 21: 17. It was the third time Our Lord had entreated Simon Peter, formerly known as Simon Bar Jona, brother of the Apostle James. Peter was the first apostle Christ chose. The Messiah had shown Peter how he could love Him more than others by commanding the fisherman disciple to "Feed My lambs". He repeated it a second time, and then finally "Feed My sheep". Three times Christ said it, many believing it was exoneration, forgiveness to Peter for denying his Savior three times after Christ's Agony in the Garden. It is also a sign to us that no matter how badly we may have hurt God, He is always there to receive us back into His good graces. It is we who walk away from Him, not He from us.

    So often the way so many of the youth today walk away from God is through sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. In order to safeguard ourselves from those snares, I would like to share today pledges of chastity that you or those you know may be interested in. If we all led a virtuous life it would solve many of the problems that are confronting us. Some might be tempted to revise or offer a watered-down or diluted version of the pledges. I would recommend, even warn, against doing this. The result would likely be a watered-down or diluted effect on those it is intended to persuade. The author is anonymous, but permission is granted to forward and reproduce them.

    With Lent about to begin next week, this is a time when many partake in such abjurious celebrations as Mardi Gras wherein chastity is thrown out the window, not to mention modesty. While many might mock the pledges below, I assure you God does not mock them. Those who mock God do. Who is more important to you, to your eternal life, to peace of mind in this life? I offer these that somehow, someway it will touch hearts and move even one soul to safeguard themselves as the pure temple of the Holy Ghost they are.


    Pledge of Chastity for Girls and Young Women

        I, a woman of God and daughter of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, promise to keep my mind and body chaste my whole life.

        I will flee from all situations that are a threat to my chastity. I will stay clear of bad publications and bad fashions, which Our Lady of Fatima spoke of, and I will not associate with those who refuse to stay clear of them.

        I will not date or kiss a man out of serendipity.

        I will not flirt. If I decide that I want to marry, during any courtship I will conduct myself in the most virtuous manner.

        I will do my best to emulate Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, in all things. That is, if I am a virgin I will remain so for my future spouse, which is highly pleasing to God, the Most Holy Virgin, all of the angels and saints, and to godly men.

        I will spend much of my time in prayer and adoration of the Lord in the Tabernacle, just as Mary spent her time in prayer and vigil before her son, the Son of God, while He was on the Holy Cross. Any thoughts of mine for marriage will be devoted to the holiness of the children I can raise, which is pleasing to God and will bring me great merit and grace, because God desires a holy people. My priority for a husband will be a man who is Christ-like and has the qualities of St. Joseph in family matters, that is, a man of great zealousness for the Lord, piety, maturity, and chastity.

        I will not waste all my time gabbing with friends, but instead, will devote myself to learning the family skills that will help me to be pleasing before God during my marriage.

        If I marry I will remain faithful to my husband. I will remain, unmarried, living in my fatherís house if he is a godly man, under his protection and under the protection of any godly brothers, which is biblical.

        If my natural family is not godly, I will make the arrangements as to where I will live, when I am of age, with the help of the priests and religious, to ensure that I am righteous before God, who is all good. If I am thinking of the consecrated life, I will do all of these things with an eye to God being my future spouse.

        Throughout the course of my days I will flee from the worldly life, that is, thoughts of a career, independence from family life, a worldly social schedule, going away to a secular college, and never-ending amusement, which are not good. Rather, I pledge to be a sign of contradiction to the world, to the way the pagan peoples go about doing things, who do not know God. Doing what is right, I understand that not only will I assist in the salvation of my own soul but will also assist in meriting Godís graces and protection for others as well, those I know and those I donít know, as well as in the release of the holy souls in Purgatory, who will pray for me.

        I will not be discouraged by all of the sin I see all around me, but rather, I will be heroic in virtue, because we are all called to be saints. I will ask others to pray for my virtue and righteousness before God, and will pray to Mary the Memorare and other prayers if I am ever tempted to do wrong.

        And whenever I am in doubt I will prayerfully ask those with authority over me, my parents if they are godly, and the priests and religious, for their counsel. I understand that my reward for doing right is in Heaven, not on earth, and will expect nothing more.

    Signed this ______ day of ____________ in the year of our Lord __________

    ______________________
    Woman of God

      The Memorare

      Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
      that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
      implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
      Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother;
      To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
      O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


    Pledge of Chastity for Boys and Young Men

        I, a man of God and son of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, promise to keep my mind and body chaste my whole life. I will flee from all situations that are a threat to my chastity.

        I will stay clear of bad publications and bad fashions, which Our Lady of Fatima spoke of, and I will not associate with those who refuse to stay clear of them.

        I will not date or kiss a woman out of serendipity. I will not flirt.

        If I decide that I want to marry, during any courtship I will conduct myself in the most virtuous manner.

        I will do my best to emulate St. Joseph, the most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mother of God, in all things. That is, I pledge that my life will be conducted in zealousness for the Lord, piety, maturity, and chastity.

        I will spend my time growing in godliness, maturity, and in my ability to financially and psychologically support my future family and my parish.

        I will strive for excellence in my secular work, which will be pleasing to my co-workers and employers and a witness to them concerning the glory of God, and will also help me to obtain the skills and to advance in ways that will help me in governing my own family.

        I will look after any unmarried sisters or other female relatives I may have, for the protection of their chastity and virtue, which is biblical.

        I will scrutinize any potential suitors that may be interested in my unmarried female relatives and will assist in shielding these female relatives from ne'er-do-wells and low-lifes, with the advice of any godly parents of mine, as well as the priests and religious.

        I will strive to learn and use the power of fervent prayer in all of my endeavors.

        If I seek to marry I will look for the qualities of the Most Holy Virgin in any potential spouse, that is, the desirability of her being a virgin, her prayerfulness and adoration of the Lord, her desire for holy children, her spending her time in learning the family skills that will help her in her marriage, and her priority for a husband that is both Christ-like and patterns his life after St. Joseph in family matters.

        If I marry I will remain faithful to my wife.

        If I am thinking of the consecrated life, I will do all of these things with an eye to God being my future family.

        Throughout the course of my days I will flee from the worldly life, that is, independence from family life, a worldly social schedule, and never-ending amusement, which are not good. Rather, I pledge to be a sign of contradiction to the world, to the way the pagan peoples go about doing things, who do not know God.

        Doing what is right, I understand that not only will I assist in the salvation of my own soul but will also assist in meriting God's graces and protection for others as well, those I know and those I don't know, as well as in the release of the holy souls in Purgatory, who will pray for me.

        I will not be discouraged by all of the sin I see all around me, but rather, I will be heroic in virtue, because we are all called to be saints.

        I will ask others to pray for my virtue and righteousness before God, and will pray to Mary the Memorare and other prayers if I am ever tempted to do wrong. And whenever I am in doubt I will prayerfully ask those with authority over me, my parents if they are godly, and the priests and religious, for their counsel. I understand that my reward for doing right is in Heaven, not on earth, and will expect nothing more.

    Signed this ______ day of ____________ in the year of our Lord __________

    ______________________
    Man of God

      The Memorare

      Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
      that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
      implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
      Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother;
      To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
      O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

   I hope you will distribute these pledges to those it will help in the spirit of total love and concern for their welfare. May you all have a blessed, fruitful Lent. Adorate Dominum in aula sancta ejus,


February 6, 2002
volume 13, no. 23
FEED MY SHEEP

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