Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Modern Fashions Offend Our Lord Greatly

On July 16, the Church commemorated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On this date, in the year 1251, Our Blessed Mother designated the scapular to Saint Simon Stock as the special mark of her maternal love. This feast is also known as the Feast of the Scapular. Aside from the Carmelite Order, many other religious orders wear the scapular as a sign of Mary’s special protection. Scores of lay people wear it for this same reason.
Father Pius Parsch, the great liturgist of a few decades ago, made this interesting observation: “The scapular of the Blessed Virgin should remind us that Christians have an apostolate against current extremes and extravagances in modes of dress. Clothes are a symbol of the person. Like the Christian heart, dress must be chaste and simple for one judges the interior from the exterior. It should not be necessary to add that special attention be given this matter when preparing for church attendance.” Yet today, it is necessary to add that Christians cannot dress according to the standards of the pagan world.
Who could deny that our modern world is obsessed with sins of lust? One can hardly read a newspaper or listen to the radio without finding abundant evidence to support this claim. Most television programs are utterly obscene. The soap operas, for example, are an absolute affront to Catholic morality. The mass media now provides a platform for the pagan agenda.
Moreover, modern fashions betray a pagan mentality. Although this is true of both male and female fashions, the modern style of dress for woman has gone much beyond the vulgar, to the utterly obscene.
Some Catholics, rather than resist the trend and bear witness to Jesus Christ, dress as immodestly as nonbelievers. This grieves the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Our Blessed Lady confirmed this by revealing to Blessed Jacinta Marto, one of the seers of Fatima, that sins of the flesh greatly offend Almighty God. Jacinta tells us that: “The sins which cause most people to go to hell are sins of the flesh. Fashions offend Our Lord greatly. People who serve God should not follow the fashions of the world.”
Father Parch has rightly observed that Christians must always dress modestly. This is especially true when we go to church. It is distressing to see people come to Mass in shorts and revealing clothes.
Bishop John Yanta of Amarillo, Texas has written a marvelous Pastoral Letter entitled: “Modesty Starts with Purification of the Heart.” Check it out on our websitewww.saintgianna.net in the Contemporary Bishops section. It is an excellent read.

Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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