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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.

"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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