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Our Mother of Consolation

Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

September 04, 1998
   
 

22nd Week Yr   “Son Behold Thy Mother”                                            

SAM  6:30AM

                                    SAM = St Augustine Monastery, Nova Scotia, Canada

TODAY WE CELEBRATE the Feast of Our Mother of Consolation.  There is a pious tradition that...St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, his Teacher, & St. Simplician wore the Cincture (rope around waist) in honor of the Mother of God...a tradition continued for over 1600 years....by all Augustinians around the world...who still wear the Cincture...as Symbol of their Vow of Chastity...& Love of Mary, the Mother of God!

POPE PIUS XII, Saint John XXIII, Blessed Paul VI, Saint Pope John Paul II have all said.... that today man has Lost  his Sense of Sin.  Many have Lost their...their Spiritual Values ....because of False Attitudes...towards Sexuality, God, Church, Heaven, Prayer.......& Love for one’s Fellow Man.

AS A RESULT many have become Weak in their Faith.   Many have Lost Faith completely.  Young people try to  Justify  their Actions with the words....”everybody is doing it.”  Often times Parents give in when they should  put a stop to Wrong Doing...& this False Reasoning.

REMEMBER THIS.....”Right would still be Right....even if Nobody did i......& Wrong would still be Wrong...even  if everybody did it.”  TV Shows often ask the Audience for a show of hands....”How many think this is Right?” .&...up go the hands.  CONCLUSION....”It must be Right....it’s all OK Morally.....if MOST People say so!” 

 THE REPLY to THIS IS: “NOT SO!”    MORALITY...(that which is Sinful....Right or Wrong)....has nothing what so ..-ever to do with the NUMBERS GAME.  A Majority does not determine.....or “make” something Right or Wrong.

PARENTS have to ”Hold the Line” & let Youngsters know that ALL ACTIONS against the Virtue of Purity are Grave  (or Mortal) Sins.  There is NO MIDDLE GROUND here. There are many good Pamphlets on the Examination of Conscience”...available at all Religious Goods Shops...that clearly point out the Church’s teachings on this subject.

TODAY, ADVERTISEMENTS, Book, Magazines, Newspapers, TV & now the Internet...all make it very difficult to  be Chaste & Pure.  Vice is Glorified with smart sounding clichés as the ”in thing to do”...& so Ugly Vice becomes  False Virtue.  The Old Testament Book of ISAIAH 5:20 says:  “Woe to you that call Evil Good...& Good Evil....that put Darkness for Light...& Light for Darkness.”

SATAN IS VERY CLEVER at these things...in Fooling people into Sin.  Stay Away....We should Run Away...& try to stay away from all Temptations as you would Run Away from any dreaded Disease.  Mankind needs to Remember that TRUTH & MORALITY have their Origin IN GOD.  Both Flow from God...& Come from God.

They do NOT receive their Validity....NOT even their Existence from the...Opinions, Understanding...nor from the Common Consent of Man.

MORE PRAYERS ARE  NEEDED in more Hearts...if we expect to overcome this Onslaught of LUST & SELF-INDULGENCE in this modern world of ours...MASQUERADING under the FALSE guise of Love.  It really is a SELF LOVE that DENIES God & His Commandments.

OUR BLESSED LADY has often asked Her Children to say a Rosary everyday as a sure means of staying close to God ...& Growing in Grace.  In ALL of Her Apparitions at...Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, Knock, & LaSallette...she asks for  Prayer, Penance & the Rosary.

 

THIS IS ONE REASON WHY WE CALL MARY OUR MOTHER OF CONSOLATION...                  FOR SHE ALWAYS CONSOLES US WITH....THE PEACE & GRACE OF HER DIVINE SON!

WHO WILL LEAD US INTO HEAVEN.

   
 
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