Abstinence makes the heart grow stronger
January 15, 2013 § 38 Comments
Overdoing asceticism in our culture is about as much of a danger as dying of thirst in the Mississippi or drowning in the Sahara. It can be done, but it is pretty bloody uncommon: man bites dog and all that.
Every man should prepare himself for extended periods of sexual abstinence, because even if everything goes right, which it usually doesn’t, most men will face periods of time in their lives where the choice is between abstinence and sin.
It follows that every man ought to, from time to time, practice abstinence. If you have to do something you have never practiced it is possible that you will succeed. But your chances of success are much greater if you have practiced.
This is obvious, but it sounds scandalous to modern ears. I think that says something rather revealing about modern ears.