Is it a legitimate reason to enter a strictly monastic, cloistered life in order to avoid temptations that one would face by remaining in the world? There are times when I feel that I should 'escape,' and 'flee to the desert' in order to 'work out' some of the bad habits I have gotten into since adolescence. One of the areas I suffer from the most is chastity. Being in the world, it's right there in front of you, and you almost cannot escape. The only 'escape' I can think of would be a strictly cloistered life. There would be far less temptations throwing themselves at you in the form of media, etc. It's my way of interpreting what the saints have said: that you can't stand a chance just fighting sexual temptation face-to-face, but that it's better to just run from it. What I mean is this: in terms of life choice, if you really can't avoid temptation, what are you supposed to do? Some argue: "you have to get married", in view of what St. Paul says ("Better to marry than to burn"). Others will argue: "Those problems aren't going to magically disappear once you're married." Some will argue that becoming a monk won't solve your problems either. But I find ample examples in the history of Church of people who fled in order to become holy, and to avoid temptations. Considering these two very important points, which is the more realistic one? Could this be a sign from God that I am called to monasticism? Or could this be a sign that I should be married, in order 'not to burn'?