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Temptations Vs Our Sight by Mobi47(m): 8:54am On Dec 14, 2014
Oh! how many are lost by indulging
their sight! — St. Alphonsus de Ligouri


If your eye offends you, pluck it out. — Jesus Christ.


We live in a hyper-sexualized, even pornified culture, and if you’re a man who wants to be pure, you’re going to be involved in a constant warfare against lust. Everything from toothpaste commercials to weight loss ads have some sort of sexual spin. After all, as they say, sex sells.

Then there is the rampant immodesty in women’s dress (even in church, sadly), including mini-shorts, crop tops, and leggings worn as pants. Popular TV shows are filled with graphic sex, and celebrities dress in see-through clothing—that is, when they aren’t releasing nude photos of themselves.

Now, these temptations are so powerful because they involve our sight—one of the most potent of our senses, especially for us men. What we see is indelibly etched into our memories, and we can never truly un-see anything. Additionally, our sight has a powerful connection to what we want. Radio ads will never be as effective as TV ads, because hearing simply isn’t as strong a sense as sight.

Today I want to talk about an ancient Catholic practice that can help us combat temptations to lust: Custodia occulorum, or custody of the eyes.

WHAT IS IT

At its most basic level, custody of the eyes simply means controlling what you allow yourself to see. It means guarding your sense of sight carefully, realizing that what you view will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Many of the saints, in their zeal for purity, would never look anyone in the face. “To avoid the sight of dangerous objects, the saints were accustomed to keep their eyes almost continually fixed on the earth, and to abstain even from looking at innocent objects,” says St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

Now, staring at the floor at all times is a bit extreme for most of us, but it does demonstrate the seriousness with which the saints viewed the importance of purity. They teach us that is simply impossible to allow hundreds of immodest images into our minds, however innocently, and remain pure.

Of course, to the modern mind, this guarding of the eyes is rather quaint and even ridiculous. How prudish, many would think, to think that we should exercise any control over what we see. And yet, if we care about our souls, we have no other option.

HOW TO PRACTICE IT

The best place to begin practicing custody of the eyes is in the things which we can control, such as movies, magazines, or television shows. If your favorite TV show has a sex scene every 5 minutes, you need to cut it out of your life. It’s not worth the temptation. In short, don’t consume things that are occasions of sin. Carelessly putting yourself in spiritual danger in this way is a grave sin itself, so take it seriously.

It’s actually rather easy to edit what you consume. But what about the things we can’t control, such as the immodestly dressed woman walking past you? This takes far more prayer-fueled discipline and practice. That said, here are some suggestions.

First, if you’re struggling with the way a woman is dressed, immediately look at her face. I don’t care how beautiful a woman is, it is essentially impossible to lust after someone’s face. The face is the icon of each person’s humanity, and it is far easier to respect a woman’s dignity when you’re looking at her face and not her body.

Second, it may just be appropriate to stare at the floor sometimes, especially if there’s no other way to avoid temptation. This doesn’t have to be the norm, but if the situation warrants it, it is foolish not to do so.

Third, avoid places you know are especially problematic for you. For most men, the beach is a problem. Dozens of women in tiny bikinis is just too much. If that’s the case for you, avoid the beach.

Finally, fast and pray. This should go without saying, and yet I am always amazed that men think they can control themselves without God’s help. It simply isn’t possible. We always need grace in the battle against concupiscence, and if we trust in ourselves and our own willpower, we will do nothing but fail.

CONCLUSION

Yes, temptation is everywhere, but we are not helpless victims. We must take the need for purity seriously, and that means guarding carefully what we allow ourselves to see. Through prayer, fasting, and practice, we can learn to take control of our eyes and avoid temptation. This isn’t quaint and archaic—it’s basic to spiritual survival.
Source:www.tldm.org/News23/Custody-Of-The-Eyes-What-It-Is-And-How-To-Practice-It.htm

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by Ishilove: 10:10am On Dec 14, 2014
Beautiful article.

Some men can go to the extremes to control their eyes. I went to my lecturer's office one day. He was working on his computer when I came in. I'm a BBW, so what I wore that day must have scrambled his focus,because his reaction was immediately defensive.

I had barely taken a seat when he whipped out his sunshades and slammed them into his face. In the 45mins I sat in his office, he never once took off the shades and avoided looking at me directly.

Even though he looked very ridiculous, it is his way of practicing eye control. grin

Me, I simply block out nasty stuff and focus my mind on other things.

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by datbay(m): 10:15am On Dec 14, 2014
Nice write up...GOD BLESS THE AUTHOR

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by tspun(m): 10:15am On Dec 14, 2014
It's obviously a lot harder to try and be a
good guy than it is to be a bad guy. The
world is a fundamentally evil place, it
seems like. So in order to be a good
person, you have to fight temptation and
vice.

Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark
against deception, temptation,
lost, accusation, even persecution.

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by sccofield(m): 10:15am On Dec 14, 2014
hmmmm nice writeup

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by lirusehn(m): 10:15am On Dec 14, 2014
Ghen Gehn!!
.

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by holatin(m): 10:16am On Dec 14, 2014
For me
Temptation to virgin- Ve a life draining sex.. u will lose that tempting eruption in you.
Temptation to non virgin- pray and Ve someone you like to yourself. it decrease your temptation crithology
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by Nobody: 10:16am On Dec 14, 2014
the more i study religions the more am convinced that man is a prisoner of his own mind.

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by mrlaw93(m): 10:16am On Dec 14, 2014
Maybe i didn't read tru.. bt, do i need dis
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by Fabdedon(m): 10:17am On Dec 14, 2014
lol yeah nice post..
You never can tell KonJi nah Ba$tard grin grin
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by thiefnubu(m): 10:17am On Dec 14, 2014
All this long story on top eye control angry

Simplest solution is:

Just pluck out both eyes... Matthew 18:9


End of story undecided

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by adrainuche(m): 10:18am On Dec 14, 2014
My Uncle Use To Say Looking Is Free grin grin grin
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by santana45: 10:18am On Dec 14, 2014
ok, noted. A man is attracted by what he sees.
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by maafen: 10:18am On Dec 14, 2014
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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by Nobody: 10:18am On Dec 14, 2014
Lol. People wey go enter hell fire plenty.

Thank God I'm not controlled by what is written in the bible.

P.S- I'm not an atheist.

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by mistabiola: 10:20am On Dec 14, 2014
Interesting
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by chibwike(m): 10:21am On Dec 14, 2014
True true true..if God had not created women...there wont be much sins in this world

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by Nobody: 10:21am On Dec 14, 2014
Nice thread.
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by chibwike(m): 10:22am On Dec 14, 2014
FrancisTony:
Lol. People wey go enter hell fire plenty.

Thank God I'm not controlled by what is written in the bible.

P.S- I'm not an atheist.
i dnt get u
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by HeartMender7(m): 10:22am On Dec 14, 2014
okay, tell them...
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by blemon44(m): 10:23am On Dec 14, 2014
ok
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by yungcyrus(m): 10:23am On Dec 14, 2014
Ok! Noted
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by ThePENGENIUS(m): 10:25am On Dec 14, 2014
I don hear. Next!
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by taiwo005(m): 10:27am On Dec 14, 2014
Nice one, but I won't comment lipsrsealed
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by kingslayer(m): 10:27am On Dec 14, 2014
someone told me of a story of a pastor that asked God to take his sight cos dat was his weakness *in d sense dat he lusts after women easily* ,it happened that he was preaching to his congregation without his sight,but one day he asked God to restore his sight just so he could see his congregation & how many people he'd converted & God did restore his sight just for dat sake & dat moment then he went blind again..my point is dat,just like the bible says,"if its your eyes that'll make u commit sin,pluck it off"..
most guys of today can't see a lady walk past without looking back to get a full view of her arss*bad habit i tried so hard to stop*
Although i don't want to lose my sight like that pastor but i pray it doesn't take me to hell

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by Adiwana: 10:27am On Dec 14, 2014
space booked..NEXT
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by bizfirst: 10:28am On Dec 14, 2014
Appears quite impractical...but in life, very true, practical and helpful. Personally, I've trained my eyes to consciously ignore all offensive objects especially those that scream out for attention (if you understand what I mean). And never once has the devil been glorified!!

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Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by Aydesmond(m): 10:28am On Dec 14, 2014
hmm
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by emperorchedda(m): 10:29am On Dec 14, 2014
Forget all these, even if the eyes doesn't see a big asss, the body will, I don't know how but its like the body senses when a big asss is around!
Re: Temptations Vs Our Sight by mickykhe(m): 10:30am On Dec 14, 2014
If I hear say I stope my eyes from looking, pls wat else is it meant for?

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