Midnight Thought # 3

It’s that hour again. 11:00 p.m. Something about Finals Week (the mental equivalent of the Chinese slow death) makes me want to stay up and review the already re-reviewed Latin course of this past semester. There’s not much we can do about that – I know as much as I will. I’m staying up later than I should because when I am tired and unable to think efficiently, I can ‘think Latin’ comparatively better than if I’m alive.

Over the past several days, Ideas have popped up and been logged for posts which actually talk about something. Quite a few Ideas, in fact.

  1. A rant on the lack of respect (of others and self) in Society In General
  2. Moral Relativism among . . . yea, just a bunch of humans including many ‘Catholics. (assume that would be a rant as well)
  3. Answering some questions asked by a couple friends about the veil and dressing properly at Mass.
  4. Answering more questions from the same people mentioned in #3 about modesty of dress in general (that would turn into a rant – going back to #1)
  5. One heck of a whoppin’ long rampage concerning the many problems our ‘culture’ (if I dare call it that) has with ‘dating’ and expectations with relationships, respect for women, basic courtesy in general – I could include a special section for ‘social media dating’.
  6. The Tenth Crusade. No more be said.
  7. Heck, I could just put the first 6 in a proper order and make ’em all into one.

The image for this post is Our Lady of Fatima. It was that or the Apocalypse. No, not zombies, I’m talking about the Apocalypse. World ending. Fire. Angels throwing a censor full of God’s Wrath onto this orb of cosmic dust.

I decided on the image of Our Lady instead. The message of Fatima is, 102 years later, even more important that it was at the beginning, and Our Lady and her words are still being overlooked, ignored, or unknown by a miserable majority.
Now that I think of it, many things she said could be worked in to several of those ‘Post/Rant Ideas.’

I’m going to turn in, presumably sleep at some point, and will try to get one of those 7 things written within the next 2 weeks.

*Question: What is ‘Emerald Dew’?

Another Midnight Thought: Confusion

Good evening! It’s almost the morning of tomorrow, but the night is still young. I’ve been thinking of one of the Impossible-To-Understand Things. (Two things, actually) Care to jump in?

Do you ever consider that each second brings you closer to your death, but not an instant closer to the end of your story?

(1). We have an Author who wrote us into His book, with a beautiful and mysterious beginning but no end. I can’t fathom how that works, but nobody can.
(2). You are literally forming the quality of the unimaginable length of being that you will have. We’re here as long as we need to be to make a choice, given thousands of little options (and several major ones) concerning how we choose, and then the rest of eternity to endure the consequent results.

I don’t know that ‘being’ is measured in length, because that ‘length’ has to be of something, and existence doesn’t have size in the manner with which we are concerned. ‘Length of time’ we could say, but is there time to eternity? Certainly not as we know ‘time’.

I’ve been talking about this with a friend while writing, and am consistently becoming more confused. Like I said at the start, it’s an Impossible Thing.

No, wait. I rambled on to another thought: We’re in eternity already. Our existence is forever and right now we’re in the first tiny stage of it.

I could go on for a few hours, but I, being a human, require sleep, and it’s early morning now.

Short little thing here, but it is just a Thought, and may be continued at any time. Do feel free to contribute to Thoughts.

‘Trust the Past to the Mercy of God, the Present to His Love, the Future to His Providence.’ ~ St. Augustine

Why are we told to trust the ‘Past’ to ‘Mercy’, ‘Present’ to ‘Love’ and ‘Future’ to ‘Providence’?

The Past is filled with failings of our own, acts based on weakness and lack of Charity. Trusting in God’s Mercy, we have Hope of a holy future.

The Present can be a time of doubt, of spiritual blindness, uncertainty, fear. With Faith in the Love of God – belief of It though we can not always see it – we know that He will guide us in Love, we have only to follow.

The Future is more clouded oftentimes than the Present. Similar to the difficulties of the Present, we have to let all things fall into the masterful hands of the Creator and by living our lives based on what is required now, set the path for a Future agreeable to Him.

Faith comes through prayer. At all times, when in doubt – Pray. If you can not mentally pray, do so physically. Be in the presence of God, for you are at any moment, every place. If possible find the Blessed Sacrament and be with Him as He suffers for sinners. Keep mutual company in the spiritual loneliness.

In any difficulty, if you need to act, to speak, to do anything, pray for guidance first that all you do may be with, in and for Love.

What is Time, to Eternity?

“O life so dull and monotonous, how many treasures you contain! When I look at everything with the eyes of faith, no two hours are alike, and the dullness and monotony disappear. The grace which is given me in this hour will not be repeated in the next. It may be given me again, but it will not be the same grace. Time goes on, never to return again. Whatever is enclosed in it will never change; it seals with a seal for eternity” (Diary, 62).

Oh life, of such little time composed, yet how great a privilege that we be given one. No hour is like another, indeed no second. If only men would view with Faith every moment of their lives, what a world of beauty would be here! So live in the present time! We should live each second with habitual Love, and in looking back in the Judgment of your soul we will see a lifetime spent well, through the Mercy of the Sacred Heart.

Find the opportunity of a lifetime not monotonous, nor consider it dull. Life should be a taste of eternity.

What is a splinter of time?

Certain Fashions Threaten to Retard Mary’s Triumph and World Peace


By the former Director of the Purity Crusade of Mary Immaculate
Father Bernard Kunkel

(Our Lady of Fatima & Modesty)

Is it a sin to wear shorts, strapless dresses, short skirts, pants, modern swimwear, etc.?

These questions continue to disturb even so-called conservative Catholics almost a century after the disrobing trend began in feminine attire at the close of the First World War. True traditional Catholics, mindful of the virtues of Christian modesty and purity, refuse to be stampeded by “the crowd” into accepting the hedonistic fashions.

They know that the Blessed Virgin Mary will never approve of these pagan styles which are so contrary to Christian tradition on modesty.

Our Blessed Mother knew in advance the moral havoc that would follow the introduction of these unholy fashions. This is why she came personally at Fatima in 1917 to forewarn us.

At the same time she gave the answer in advance to the question, “Is it a sin to follow these fashions?”

To little Jacinta, aged seven, Our Lady entrusted this prophecy, which embodies her theology on the modern fashions:

“Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.”

Let the Modernist pseudo-Theologians realize that they are in serious conflict with this heavenly message when they condone the aping of these “certain fashions” by so many Catholic women and girls. They cannot sanctify these sinful fashions by sprinkling them with holy water.

Our Lady’s verdict is that they are mortally sinful.

For, in theological language, to “offend Our Lord very much” means mortal sin.

How sad Our Blessed Mother must be when so many ignore Her maternal warning!

“Men must cease offending God, Who is already too much offended,” She pleads.

Instead of heeding Mary’s pleas, “the crowd” rejects Her as their model of modesty and looks for its models in the camp of Her archenemy, Satan.

How can Catholics be so blind?

They Follow Like Sheep

How sad, too, must have been the Vicar of Christ Himself, Pope Pius XII, as he lamented this blindness in his allocution to the Sodality convention in Rome on July 17, 1954!

These are the Holy Father’s own words:

“You live in a world which is constantly forgetful of God and the supernatural, where the only interest of the crowd seems to be the satisfaction of temporal needs, well-being, pleasure, vanity. . .”

“How many young girls there are who do not see any wrongdoing in following certain shameless styles like so many sheep. They certainly would blush if they could guess the impression they make and the feeling they evoke in those who see them. Do they not see the harm resulting from excess in certain gymnastic exercises and sports not suitable for virtuous girls? What sins are committed or provoked by conversations which are too free, by immodest shows, by dangerous reading. How lax have consciences become, how pagan morals!”

The Prophecy of Fatima Is Fulfilled

The stern condemnation of modern fashions by Christ’s Vicar shows that the prophecy of Our Lady of Fatima, “Certain fashions will be introduced”, had already been fulfilled in the Marian Year of 1954. Especially since, a little over one month later, on August 21, the Pope startled the world by his reference to the modern fashions as “a most serious plague”; and directed the Bishops throughout the world to “take action against this most serious plague of immodest fashions”.

To emphasize still more the seriousness of “certain fashions”, Pope Pius XII asked the Sacred Congregation of the Council to make a forceful appeal to all Catholics, but especially those in authority, to “leave no stone unturned which can help remedy the situation.” Thus, he repeated the action of his predecessor, Pius XI, who had asked this same Sacred Congregation to send out the “Special Instructions” in 1930 directing that the Roman Standards of modesty in dress (Marylike Standards) be followed.

The Pope Confirms Fatima Warning

What could be more condemnatory of these “certain fashions” than this second stern letter of the Sacred Council, which was sent on August 21 through its Prefect, Pietro Cardinal Ciriaci! Read carefully the excerpts from this letter which here follow, then resolve to redouble your “prayers and sacrifices” so that Mary Immaculate may extirpate that accursed heresy of Modernism which refuses to heed the appeal of both the Mother of God and the Vicar of Christ:

“Everyone knows that during the summer months particularly, things are seen here and there, which are certain to prove offensive to anyone who has retained some respect and regard for Christian modesty. On the beaches, in country resorts, almost everywhere, on the streets of cities and towns, in public and private places, and, indeed, often even in buildings dedicated to God, an unworthy and indecent mode of dress has prevailed.

“Because of this, the young particularly, whose minds are easily bent towards vice, are exposed to the extreme danger of losing their innocence, which is, by far, the most beautiful adornment of mind and body. Feminine adornment, if it can be called adornment, feminine clothing, if that can be called clothing which contains nothing to protect either the body or modesty, are at times of such a nature, that they seem to serve lewdness rather than modesty . . . Well did the ancient poet say of this matter, ‘Vice necessarily follows upon public nudity.'”

The Bishops are Asked To Take Action

“But you especially, whom ‘the Holy Ghost has set up as Bishops to rule the Church of God’, must by all means consider that matter carefully and take under your care, and promote with all your power, everything which has to do with the protection of modesty and the furtherance of Christian morals.

“Therefore, it is altogether imperative to admonish and exhort, in whatever way seems most apt, people of all stations, but particularly youth, to avoid the danger of this kind of vice (immodest dress), which is so directly opposed, and potentially so hazardous to Christian and civic virtue. . .

“It is the earnest desire of the August Pontiff that this cause be taken up enthusiastically, especially during the present Marian Year. He desires that Bishops in particular leave no stone unturned, which can help remedy the situation; and that, with their counsel and leadership, the rest of the clergy work prudently, assiduously, and earnestly, within their own jurisdiction, toward the happy attainment of this goal. . .”

Vain Excuses For Shameless Fashions

In spite of the many discourses of various Popes condemning the modern “certain fashions,” many women and girls stubbornly persist in “following certain shameless styles like so many sheep.” (Pius XII) And how do they justify their immodesty? In many cases, by parroting this sophistry, which can only be Hell-inspired:

“What’s wrong with what I’m wearing? It doesn’t bother me. Evil to him who thinks evil. He must have a dirty mind. To the pure, all things are pure.”

It is obvious that many of the female sex do not understand the workings of the mind of man, and how it fits in the plan of God for the procreation of new human life. Otherwise, to re-quote Pius XII, “They would certainly blush if they could guess the impression they make and the feeling they evoke in those who see them.”

All Sense of Modesty Is Lost

Why do they not blush? God gives to each girl a special innate sense of modesty which causes her to blush when appearing in public in immodest attire. This instinct is intended by God for the protection of her own chastity, but especially to help the male, whose helpmate she is called to be, to keep in check his fiery passion. If she no longer blushes she has lost this precious “sense of modesty”. At this point, she is literally “asking for trouble”.

“My Conscience Is Clear”

Some women and girls justify their immodest attire by the sophism, “My conscience is clear. It tells me that there is nothing wrong in wearing shorts, strapless dresses, swimsuits, etc.”

“Follow your conscience” is a safe rule, provided you add, “Under the guidance of the Church.” Otherwise you are following the modern sophism, “Everybody his own Theologian.” This is nothing but the principle of “private interpretation,” essentially the same as the error held by the Lutherans of the 16th century, which led to the Protestant revolt against the true Church.

“Sister Says They’re Modest”

Still other women and girls appeal to the authority of a Priest or even a Sister. They shop around until they find one imbued with Modernism, or one who is either not too well acquainted with the recent pronouncements of the Popes, or not inclined to take them seriously.

How often does one hear, “Sister So-and-so says there is nothing wrong with shorts, strapless dresses, swimsuits”! Unfortunately, some Sisters do usurp the role of Theologian, without ever having had a course in Theology. Even with such a course, the Church does not authorize Sisters, Religious, or teachers to make decisions on such vital and intricate questions as modesty in dress.

Even if you can give the same quotation as coming from a Priest, you may not follow such a decision. If you do, you are still guilty of wrongdoing. For, not even a Priest is authorized to make such decisions which contradict the official statements of the Vicar of Christ, since he is only a “delegated authority” in the Church. You are still guilty of sin by following “certain shameless styles like so many sheep”, unless, through no fault of your own, you are ignorant of the recent Papal statements.

“Blind Leaders of the Blind”

Pastors, teachers, parents, and all who exercise authority over others, have a grave responsibility to promote modesty in dress according to the “mind of the Church.” Otherwise they may fall under this same condemnation spoken by Christ against the Pharisees: “Let them alone: they are blind and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.” (Matt. 15:14)

Pre-Requisite For the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart

How can we expect Mary’s triumph and world peace in an unchastened human society? And how can the reign of purity be established as long as these “certain fashions” continue to fan furiously the flame of passion in the hearts of men? Is it not evident from Our Lady’s messages at Fatima that modesty in feminine attire is a prerequisite for Her triumph and for world peace?

Let’s use our God-given faculty of reasoning. Our Lady tells us “Men must cease offending God. . .” In the next breath, as it were, she reminds us that one way in which God is offended “very much” is by those “certain fashions.” The conclusion should be plain. These semi-nude fashions retard Mary’s triumph, and are one of the chief causes bringing the world to the brink of annihilation.

Our Lady further revealed that “More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh, than for any other reason.” Who can count the millions of mortal sins of the flesh that are daily occasioned by immodest attire — evil thoughts and desires, touches, impure embracing, kissing, raping, etc. How can the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumph as long as “more souls go to Hell” through shameless fashions?

Again, a Christian society would never tolerate the current flood of indecent literature, movies, and television if it had not first tolerated the public appearance of semi-nude women and girls in the flesh. As Pius XII points out, “vice necessarily follows upon public nudity.” Which implies: when public nudity is tolerated, innumerable sins against purity necessarily follow, and the corruption of mankind.

Yet, who will convince our Catholic women and girls that their shameful attire is responsible that so many “souls go to Hell. . .”?

It will take a miracle to save a world which has forgotten God to such an extent that even many Catholics have turned to the worship of human idols in the form of body cult and sex worship. Our Lady of Fatima has promised this miracle that will save us from the “greatest catastrophe since the deluge,” (Pius XII) if we do our part.

Listen to the Virgin Mary’s pleas for “prayers and sacrifices.”

There can be no doubt that one of the sacrifices that is very acceptable to Our Lady is the sacrifice required to become ever more Marylike ourselves*; and to promote energetically in others the “Marylike Way of Life” which will restore Marylike chastity and modesty to the world.

This will hasten true world peace, which is promised only through the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

*Slight commentary: This is directed towards the virtue in light of women,  but should be taken into consideration by men as well in light of how they  themselves affect others – How do you portray yourself to the world?