St. Josemaria Escriva:To defend his purity, St. Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow, St. Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush, St. Bernard plunged into an icy pond. . . . You . . . what have you done?
St. Clement:Filthy talk makes us feel comfortable with filthy action. But the one who knows how to control the tongue is prepared to resist the attacks of lust.
St. Josemaria Escriva:Temptation is necessary to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves.
St. Alphonsus Liguori:In temptations against chastity, the spiritual masters advise us, not so much to contend with the bad thought, as to turn the mind to some spiritual, or, at least, indifferent object. It is useful to combat other bad thoughts face to face, but not thoughts of impurity.
Julian of Norwich:He said not, “Thou shall not be tempted, thou shall not be tried, thou shall not suffer,” but he did say, “Thou shall not be overcome.”