Today when many people think that marriage is archaic and chastity is unrealistic, it is inspiring to know stories of real people who found romance without regrets and true love that lasts.
Here’s the story of Anna Cosio, a beauty blogger (IG: @thepinaymillennial) and a young inspirational speaker. May her testimony encourage and empower you to #chasteyourdreams.
I realized that chastity is not really about saying NO to sex but saying YES to love. It is about using our sexuality according to God’s plan and ordering our sexual desires according to the demands of true love.
It’s hard to be chaste in a society where various sexual sins are not just tolerated but even promoted and celebrated. Deciding to be chaste is often easy; remaining chaste is the real challenging part. As St. Josemaria Escriva said, “Conversion is the task of a moment; sanctification is the work of a lifetime.” The temptation to just give in is everywhere, and people would even say “Everybody’s doing it, anyway” (though we all know this is not true). It really takes a lot of courage to swim against the tide.
“Conversion is the task of a moment; sanctification is the work of a lifetime.”St. Josemaria Escriva
I’ve been saving myself for marriage my entire life and finding someone who shared my values did take a while. But eventually, the right man came along and he himself saw the beauty of chastity. What stood out to me about him was that he was not just willing to wait FOR me, he was also willing to wait WITH me. Striving for chastity becomes easier when you are with someone who truly cares about you – body and soul. A few months from now, God willing, our wait will be over as we will be married in September this year.
Strengthen yourself spiritually by deepening your relationship with Jesus and receiving the Sacraments frequently. Focus on self-improvement and fulfilling your God-given mission in this world. The struggle is real but the rewards are so worth it, so don’t give up!
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