How does a woman heal in God’s mercy after losing her virginity?
Know that our Lord loves you, and ask the help of his Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, who are great examples and intercessors regarding chastity. Being forgiven is the first step in healing, though the pain and the guilt may take a while to subside. Nevertheless, rejoice in knowing that you have been forgiven, and persevere, seeking out good friends and resources in helping you live a renewed chaste life. Take comfort also in knowing that many other women—and men—have gone before you in healing after sins against chastity, including St. Mary Magdalene, from whom seven demons were expelled (see Luke 8:1-2).
A more contemporary example is Catholic Answers alumna Crystalina Evert, who has spoken widely on the topic of chastity. She is the inspiring author of the booklet Pure Womanhood. She and her husband Jason–he too a Catholic Answers alumnus–have also written the book How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul.
Catholic Answers’ website Chastity.com also offers a lot of helpful information.
By Tom Nash