It is lovely of you to write to offer advice.
Although I say it myself, I am quite a good long distance runner and that is why I'm finding the decision so hard. I'm happy that you think I shouldn't give it up. The only problem is that your advice is the opposite of Pia's. I was very impressed by Pia when she said "I use our Holy Mother as my example
I would ask, would she have worn revealing shorts?". The answer to that is obviously NO, but equally obviously I can't run competitively in a long dress or pants.
I really tried to pray intensively last night, hoping that God would tell me what to do about my dilemma. As I explained, I did as you recommend, aand prayed outside wearing a thin summer dress, above the knee so I could kneel on gravel (but not immodest). It was the first time I'd worn the new cilice and I must say I found it helped the intensity and resolve of my prayer. I suppose I must just keep on asking for guidance from God. I'm sure He will answer eventually.
There is another thing I'd like to ask your advice about. Pia recommended that I should use a 'discipline' as an aid to resisting temptation. I find that idea a bit scary, so I asked my friend amd mentor (her name ia Maria) and she said that she'd found it useful herself, but she wasn't sure I was ready for it yet. On the other hand, I'm young fir and strong and really want to do God's will. CAn you offer me any guidance?
Kate, in Christ