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The Litany of Chastity

 by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.

 

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Gustato spiritu, desipit omnis caro.

 
The Litany of Chastity

This prayer makes the psychological meaning of chastity understandable for a contemporary reader. Through my personal and clinical experience, I have defined the core psychological elements that either impede or facilitate chastity.

Pray the litany as follows:

First, pray the Our Father.

Then recite the litany, carefully meditating on what each petition means to you personally.

Finally, say the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel.

 

O  JESUS, that I can live in chaste purity of heart,

 grant me the courage. 

 

TO ADMIT that my heart becomes corrupted by my craving for the acceptance of others,

 grant me the grace, O Lord. 

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted by making my body—a temple of the Holy Spirit—into an object of lust and erotic pleasure,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted by immodesty,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted by anything sexy,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted by tight or revealing clothing,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted by popular entertainment,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted by hostility and anger,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted by hidden anger at my parents,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I carry resentments,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I hide my helplessness,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I hide my emotional hurt,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I desire to get revenge for injuries inflicted on me,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I use others so I can feel powerful,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I try to be in control,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I lack trust in God’s providence,

      "

To admit that my heart becomes corrupted when I lack trust in God’s justice,

      "

 

FROM the enticement of immodest clothing,

 deliver me, O Lord. 

From the enticement of an attractive face,

      "

From the enticement of a well-shaped physique,

      "

From the enticement of bare flesh,

      "

From the enticement of erotic thoughts,

      "

From the enticement of pornographic images,

      "

From the enticement of feeling erotic arousal,

      "

From the enticement of “feeding” on the erotic excitement of others,

      "

From the enticement of memories of past sins,

      "

From the enticement of believing that a body—mine or another’s—can fill my emotional emptiness and loneliness,

      "

 

FOR a love of purity of heart,

 inspire me, O Lord. 

For a love of humility,

      "

For a love of quietude,

      "

For a love of holy silence,

      "

For a love of retreat from the corruption and evil of the world,

      "

For a love of contemplative prayer,

      "

For a love of solace in God,

      "

For such a love of God that I might turn away from all worldly attractions and may cling to the joys of everlasting life,

      "

 

THAT spiritual fruits will grow in my heart,

 grant this, O Lord. 

For the growth of love in my heart,

      "

For the growth of joy in my heart,

      "

For the growth of peace in my heart,

      "

For the growth of patience in my heart,

      "

For the growth of kindness in my heart,

      "

For the growth of generosity in my heart,

      "

For the growth of faithfulness in my heart,

      "

For the growth of gentleness in my heart,

      "

For the growth of self-restraint in my heart,

      "

For the growth of modesty in my heart,

      "

For the growth of chastity in my heart,

      "

 

 by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.

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The Litany of Chastity Booklet
 

The Litany of Chastity is included in my book Beyond the Veil of Lust as an appendix; nevertheless, you might also want to have this booklet.
 
This 8 page booklet is individually made with prayerful care. I print each booklet in color on acid-free letterhead quality paper, and then I trim the booklet by hand with torn, not cut, edges. The booklet includes an Introduction, the Our Father, the Litany of Chastity, and the prayer to Saint Michael
 
 

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