By the Publisher,
Love One Another! 3/2004 → True Love Waits - Pure Hearts
With great joy we welcome into the MPH community all those who have recently offered their hearts to Jesus. In doing so, they have expressed their desire to let Jesus heal them in His Clinic of Pure Hearts and teach them to love with a pure heart. Every day LOA receives numerous letters from readers with their personal pledge to join MPH. The following are excerpts from some of these letters.
I would like to join the Movement of Pure Hearts. It is only through the love of God and Lord Jesus and His glorious grace that I can face the world. I commit myself to making my heart as pure as possible for the Lord Jesus….Working every day to correct my sins so that I may carry out His intention for me on earth. I know I will struggle at being humble and erasing pride. At times I have even shut Jesus out because I didn’t know or like His plan for me. But, as I write these words to join MPH, I pledge my life to Him. I will trust in Him….I will let Him guide me.
I will also set it in my heart to pray for everyone joining the Movement of Pure Hearts. Also, I am praying for this heaven-sent apostolate that inspires so many to come closer to Jesus. God must truly be guiding the writers and editors of LOA. Jeanine, Age 36, Alvinston, Ontario, Canada;
For a year I have been going out with the boy I love. Our relationship got off to a great start. But the longer we were together, the less our little walks and conversations seemed to satisfy us. We wanted something more, something that would strengthen our love. We started “necking” and indulging in mild sexual play, thinking this would do the job and bring us closer. As we got into it more deeply, we didn’t realize that all we were doing was satisfying our own desires. We took advantage of every minute to be alone with each other. Sometimes we even lied to our parents. We didn’t think we were doing anything wrong – after all, we loved each other and felt we had every right to do this. Sometimes our consciences bothered us, but we drowned them out, convincing ourselves that “petting” was no big deal. We stopped short of “going all the way” only because we were afraid of an unwanted pregnancy and other consequences. Throughout all this time we continued going to church, as if nothing was the matter. Sometimes we went to confession, but neither of us felt especially sorry for what we confessed. Nor was there any real attempt to make amends. This went on for almost a year until the day I received a copy of The Joy of Pure Love. That hit me like a bolt of lightning! I read your publication from cover to cover and realized that I was destroying the gift of love that Jesus Christ had bestowed upon us. That evening, for the first time in ages, I knelt down to pray. It was then that I realized how greatly mistaken we had been all this time.
Only by being chaste can we strengthen our love for each other. But, it is never too late to repair what is broken. We both decided we could no longer expose ourselves to temptation. At first we found it very difficult to persevere in chastity but, thanks to the grace and strength we receive through the Mass and the Sacrament of Penance, we have succeeded. Now we are both very happy. We thank Jesus for saving our love before we had completely trampled it. Now that I have joined the Movement of Pure Hearts, I encourage everyone to struggle with their weaknesses. If you entrust yourself to Jesus, He will certainly give you the grace and strength to carry on the struggle. For Jesus there is no one too dirty or sinful. Eveline, age 22;
It began “innocently,” as things often do; then it only got worse. I sank deeper and deeper into the sin of self-abuse. This went on for over two years. Then, at a summer retreat last year, I finally made a sincere confession. The feeling of relief I felt after making peace with God was incredible! The Eucharist that I attended right after my confession was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Since then I have been free! Today is the 222nd day of my persevering in chastity. It was Jesus who pulled me out of this addiction. He fought for me, and every day I thank Him. With all my heart I want to join MPH. Please pray for me. Agnes, age 16;
I have fallen seriously many times in my life….Each time I sin, my conscience torments me, and I feel crushed. It is separation from God that causes this state of mind, but it is I, who, in an incredibly stupid way, reject happiness. When I read the article on joining MPH in your magazine, I thought this would be the best thing I could do in my life. So I have decided to join this movement and let Jesus heal me in His Clinic of Pure Hearts. Since my heart is scarred by sin, Jesus wants me to do this. I realize I will not find this easy, that joining MPH commits me to prayer, repentance and a life in accordance with the ten principles of the Crusade for Love. I want to go through life trusting in Jesus. I owe Him life itself and all that is good. On my own, I will not succeed in conquering Satan. I have tried to do so many times but, each time I feel I am succeeding, I end up being disappointed. Alcohol, narcotics, sins of impurity – these are the things that beat me down almost every day. If I don’t give myself over to Christ for healing, what will become of my life? God is great and full of mercy. I believe He will heal me and help me become a free man. Please enroll me in the Book of Pure Hearts. Paul, age 24;
This is one of the most important days of my life. Today I have offered my heart to You, Jesus. Only You can restore me to health! To You, Lord, I entrust my weak will, so that only Your will may be done in my life. Please register me in Book of Pure Hearts. Pray that I can be faithful and persevere in this task of purification. Helen;
I want to join MPH and offer my whole life to Jesus. I know full well that I have a hard road ahead of me, but “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” I promise to pray for all MPH members. Margaret, age 23;
I thank God that I read your article on MPH. Now I know I am not alone. I know there are others who are struggling for purity of body and soul. I want to belong to a group where Jesus teaches people how to love with a pure heart. I want to be part of a community that strives to achieve full humanity. Please include my name in the Book of Pure Hearts. This way I can deepen my faith and stick it out in times of difficulty. Tom, age 23.
Most kids I know think it’s dumb to abstain from pre-marital sex. The media have a terrible influence on young people. They expose us to movies and TV programs full of explicit scenes. But there are those who fight for the pure hearts, minds and bodies of young people. Love One Another Magazine is one such lifesaver, which God throws out to us, so that we do not drown in depravity. I want to offer my youth to Jesus. I want to walk in His way of love. Please sign me up for MPH. I want to offer my future husband the gift of a pure heart. Magdalena;
I met this boy. At our very first meeting I allowed him to fondle my body. Thank God I came to my senses just in time, and it never got anywhere. Only God saved me, since – stupid me – I wanted to do “it” just to see what it felt like! Now, I regret this very much and I thank God for saving me from this sin. I want very much to have a husband, but I want to be pure for him, and for God especially. Please pray for me, that I can find the husband Jesus has chosen for me. I want my name in the Book of Pure Hearts. Please send me your blessing, and pray that I can persevere. Grazyna;
After several months of inner struggle, I have decided to join MPH. Somehow I was afraid I wouldn’t manage, and fail the test. But, now I know that Jesus gives us strength and that life with Him is real Life. I’ve become stronger and happier, because I have given my heart to Jesus. Thank you. It’s thanks to you that I’m taking this step. Please pray for me and give me your moral support. Agnes;
I want to let you know that, as of February 6, I belong to MPH. But I find it hard to be faithful to the details. There are days when I fail to say the Prayer of Pure Hearts, read the Bible, etc. There aren’t too many such days, but I get so mad at myself, because I find it so hard. I’m afraid of what will happen to me if I should ever be tempted to lose my virginity. I don’t have a very strong character, and tend to be impulsive. Please pray for me and send me your blessing. Warm greetings. Thank you for being there, and for getting a copy of LOA into my hands just when I needed it. Maria.