Concupiscence

Concupiscence- (kän-ˈkyü-pə-sən(t)s) To strongly desire in a sexual way. Some synonyms are lust, eroticism ,or any thing to do with an impure sexual desire. The etymology of the word comes from the Latin word concupiscentia “eager desire” from concupiscence, came concupiscere, incentive of concupere “to be very desirous of,” cupere “to long for”. Used in Vulgate to translate Greek  Epithymia a word that conveys the picture of explosive desire. St. Augustine says concupiscence is a consequence of original sin.

The Catechism tells us this on impurity and concupiscence: 2520 baptism confers on its recipient the grace of purification from all sins. But the baptized must continue to struggle against concupiscence of the flesh and disordered desires. With God’s grace he will prevail

  • by the virtue and gift of chastity, for chastity lets us love with upright and undivided heart;
  • by purity of intention which consists in seeking the true end of man: with simplicity of vision, the baptized person seeks to find and to fulfill God’s will in everything;[312]
  • by purity of vision, external and internal; by discipline of feelings and imagination; by refusing all complicity in impure thoughts that incline us to turn aside from the path of God’s commandments: “Appearance arouses yearning in fools”;[313]

    2515 Etymologically, “concupiscence” can refer to any intense form of human desire. Christian theology has given it a particular meaning: the movement of the sensitive appetite contrary to the operation of the human reason. The apostle St. Paul identifies it with the rebellion of the “flesh” against the “spirit.”[301] Concupiscence stems from the disobedience of the first sin. It unsettles man’s moral faculties and, without being in itself an offense, inclines man to commit sins.[302] 

Concupiscence, lust, has manifested in most of the world. I would say that it has especially manifested in the United States. With all that is shown in movies and television it is not surprising that so many people manifest this lust in themselves. It is a terrible thing, but it is true. I have even experienced it in the younger generation, my generation. Come to think of it, my generation is one of, if not, the biggest part of this… disease. It spreads through us like wild fire, just so subtlety that we do not even realize until it’s too late. If we realize at all.

Concupiscence is lust, and it is very important to know the proper tools to fight this temptation. One of the best tools there is, especially for us Catholics, is confession. This holy sacrament is the only way to rid your self of this impurity. Jose Escriva said” Do not try to reason with concupiscence, scorn it!” I think that this is also a good tool against it because by scorning it you in grain in your self that it is wrong, and by doing so you avoid it much easier. Lust is a very bad thing and we all struggle with it so don’t fall in to the trap.

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