"Those Who Serve God Should Not Follow The Fashions"
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The title of this booklet is taken from the very words of Our Lady of Fatima. It contains the Church's true teaching about Christian modesty which has been almost completely forgotten in our day. There are virtually countless quotations from the Saints and from the Popes.
Our Lady of Good Success appeared to a holy nun (Mother Mariana) in Quito, Ecuador in the 17th Century with a message of warning which She specifically addressed to our time. The following words are taken from this Church approved apparition: "…in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury which, acting thus to snare the rest into sin, will conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women, and in this supreme moment of need of the Church, those who should speak will fall silent." Yet Our Lady has not been silent; thus those who wish to serve God must listen to Her and take heed.
Today we greatly underestimate just how much Almighty God deplores immodesty. The following passage from the book Hell, by Fr. Schouppe, S.J., helps us to get the proper perspective:
"...a noble lady, who was exceedingly pious, asked God to make known to her what displeased His Divine Majesty most in persons of her sex. The Lord vouchsafed in a miraculous manner to hear her. He opened under her eyes the Eternal Abyss. There she saw a woman a prey to cruel torments and in her recognized one of her friends, a short time before deceased. This sight caused her as much astonishment as grief: the person whom she saw damned did not seem to her to have lived badly. Then that unhappy soul said to her: 'It is true that I practiced religion, but I was a slave of vanity. Ruled by the passion to please, I was not afraid to adopt indecent fashions to attract attention, and I kindled the fire of impurity in more than one heart. Ah! If Christian women knew how much immodesty in dress displeases God!' At the same moment, this unhappy soul was pierced by two fiery lances, and plunged into a caldron of liquid lead." (Fr. F. X. Schouppe, S.J., Hell, p. 81. Rockford IL: TAN Books & Publishers, 1989 [Emphasis added].)
Therefore, for many Catholics today, this booklet is a "must read" if they want to save their souls "in these unhappy times."
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