Tribulation Times

June 30, 2014

(1Sa 16:7) And the Lord said to Samuel: Look not on his countenance, nor on the height of his stature: because I have rejected him, nor do I judge according to the look of man: for man seeth those things that appear, but the Lord beholdeth the heart. 

FATHER CARLOS PADILLA: We would like to experience Christ’s nearness. But it is so hard to become like Christ! St. Ignatius of Antioch warned us: “Do not wish to have Jesus Christ in the mouth and worldly desires in the heart at the same time.”

We receive Communion, eat him as food. We are with him, but our feelings are not his. They are worldly. They are the feelings of that “old man” who lives within us and refuses to die.

VIA Jim J. McCrea: Is Your Striving For Perfection Authentic?

Many Christians strive for perfection, following the teaching of Jesus: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48).

But we have to ask ourselves: is our perfection authentic or is it something we merely imagine to be perfection? What is true perfection that is pleasing to God?

We can ask: is our perfection a help and a consolation to others or is it a burden and a sorrow to others?

EXCERPT TRACT: The Requirements For Modesty In Dress

Modesty should be promoted by mothers in their children from early infancy.  Many foolish mothers train their little daughters to consider scanty attire as the normal thing.  Let such mothers take to heart the serious admonition of Pope Pius XII:  “O Christian mothers, if you knew what a future of anxieties and perils, of ill-guarded shame you prepare for your sons and daughters, imprudently getting them accustomed to live scantily dressed and making them lose the sense of modesty, you would be ashamed of yourselves and you would dread the harm you are making for yourselves, the harm which you are causing these children, whom Heaven has entrusted to you to be brought up as Christians.”

Purity is like a precious pearl; it is purchased at a great price, retained only with great care and watchfulness and easily lost or destroyed.  Beware of pride and flattery, as arch-enemies of your purity.  You may not be finely dressed or pretty and graceful; you may not have those attractions which are most admired by the world; but if you have the virtues of modesty and purity, you have something which money cannot buy and an ornament which will outlast all the fading treasures of earth.  “How beautiful then is modesty and what a gem among virtues it is.” (St. Bernard, Confessor and Doctor of the Church)

Our Sorrowful and Immaculate Mother, who in all her apparitions is fully covered, is presented by her divine Son to us as the perfect model of modesty and purity.  She is terribly saddened by the immodest and impure conduct so prevalent in our society.  Our Lord speaks to us through His Blessed Mother in condemning the modern trends of uncovering the body.  In fact, Our Lady came down from heaven to warn against this disrobing trend.  Listen to what she revealed to little ten-year-old Jacinta of Fatima while she was dying in a hospital in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1920:  “Certain fashions will be introduced which will offend Our Divine Lord very much.  Those who serve God ought not to follow these fashions.  Our Lord is always the same.”  And she also revealed to Jacinta that “the sins that lead most souls to hell are the sins of the flesh.”

Now let us look at pictures of Our Lady in three of her most famous apparitions:


In her appearance to Blessed Juan Diego in Mexico, she left a self portrait which has been miraculously preserved for over four centuries.  It is on display in the Basilica in Mexico City.  The pictures of Our Blessed Mother as she appeared at Lourdes to St. Bernadette and to the three children at Fatima are from descriptions provided by the seers.  These appearances occurred over a period of more than four centuries, but see how her dress is always the same.

Let this paper be ended on a positive note.  The eminent way to protect and nourish an unsullied and perfect chastity, as proven by experience time and again throughout the course of centuries, is solid and fervent devotion to the Virgin Mother of God.  St. Gregory of Nicomedia encourages sinners by assurance if they have recourse to Our Blessed Mother, with a determination to amend their lives, she will save them by her intercession.  To obtain favors from Our Lady, we must perform certain devotions practiced by her servants:  First, to recite at least five decades of her Rosary every day.  Second, to wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  Third, to have a picture or a statue of Our Lady in our home and recite her litany every day.  There are other devotions by the servants of Mary, but most of all we should recommend ourselves frequently to her in prayer.  “If you persevere until death in true devotion to Mary, your salvation is certain.”  St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

EXCERPT Deseret News: Modesty means more than apparel

Walsh then shares an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

“Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person.”

Walsh then reiterates a similar message to Craig’s.

“Modesty isn’t virtuous because it’s ‘hot,’ it’s virtuous because it’s concerned with something far greater than being hot.”


The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Non-Judgement

2. A brother sinned and the presbyter ordered him out of church. But Besasarion got up and went out with him, saying, ‘I, too, am a sinner.’

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