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153. Lust

1. Lust is the vice of indulging in unlawful sexualpleasures.

2. The use of sex is not always lustful or sinful. Thereis a good and virtuous use of sex in marriage, when husband andwife perform their normal and natural function of sex without anyinordinateness (that is, without anything that is in conflict withreason) and, therefore, without employing any unnatural orartificial means of thwarting the natural effect of their action.The only lawful and chaste use of sex is its lawful use inmarriage.

3. Lust consists in disregarding the order and modedictated by reason for the use of sex. Therefore, lust conflictswith reason, and is a sin. The habit of lust is a vice.

4. Lust is listed with the capital sins because many othersins flow from it as from their source.

5. St. Gregory (Moral. xxxi) enumerates "thedaughters of lust" as follows: blindness of mind;thoughtlessness; rashness; inconstancy; love of self; hatred forGod; worldliness; dread of a future life.

"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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