Sins of Lust: the Consequences of These Sins Against Purity

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The Vice of Impurity

Delusion of those who say that sins against purity are not a great evil – Alphonsus Liguori

The unchaste, then, say that sins contrary to purity are but a small evil. Like “the sow . . . wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:22), they are immersed in their own filth, so that they do not see the malice of their actions; and therefore they neither feel nor abhor the stench of their impurities, which excite disgust and horror in all others. Can you, who say that the vice of impurity is but a small evil – can you, I ask, deny that it is a mortal sin? If you deny it, you are a heretic; for as Saint Paul says, “Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liars with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners…

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