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Posted on 06/24/2014 12:42:45 AM PDT by Campy_69

We are commanded to provide things honest in the sight of all men(Romans 12:17) so I will spell it out & tell it like it is below.Those who have ears to hear let them hear.There can be no compromise/quarter here.Pass it on

The same sex marriage scourge on the USA steamrolls on unabated & largely unchallenged as the body of Christ especially passive pastors mostly sit on the sidelines.Such a sad reflection on US all that is. 20 states down-30 to go to approve homosexual marriage which for most of history has been illegal & taboo worldwide.There are several court cases pending on my states constitutional ban on such so its probably just a matter of time before some jaded judge strikes it down here which amounts to abuse of power/judicial tyranny.It never ceases to amaze me that these sorely misguided magistrates have the audacity & gall to believe they have the authority to overrule & supercede Almighty God/thus saith the Lord.Nothing could be further from the truth.The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:-4) Do they not know it is an abomination for kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness(Proverbs16:12) They will give account thereof when they appear before our Creator one day with nary a leg to stand on to excuse or justify themselves as will all those other rulers who go along with such evil edicts sheepishly. Show me a local or state official that has stood up & declared not in this county/state as they all should do now.Silence is not golden its yellow as we are to obey God rather than man(Acts 5:29) in such matters.To not do so amounts to denying God before man.That dereliction of duty amounts to the sin of omission by their failure to do what God requires of them to reprove the works of darkness.The evil of this world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it(Ayn Rand)by timid submission to such spiritual wickedness in high places. No mere mortal can legitimately claim or exercise a right to place themselves above & beyond Gods law/word. Attempting such places them on His throne & there will be hell to pay for their apostasy.Don"t take my word for it though -hear & heed what the sages from the ages advise as follows below.

* No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God-William Blackstone.

* True followers of Jesus cannot endorse same-sex marriage regardless of what others, including President Obama, the media, or the Supreme Court say about the issue. Marriage cannot be redefined because marriage was settled by God himself and is not subject to man-made revisions or modifications.(Franklin Graham)

* If there is NO final place for civil disobedience then the government has just been made autonomous & as

such put in place of the living God & if you do not have a defensible bottom line then you have just made

government your personal god. -theologian Francis Schaeffer .(can you say idolatry?)

* For earthly princes lay aside their power when they rise up against God & are unworthy to be reckoned among the number of mankind.We ought rather to utterly defy them rather than obey them-John Calvin.

* If it should follow that mens laws be made of things evil & thus forbidden by God then there is NO bond of

conscience at all but contrarywise men are bound in conscience NOT to obey.The idea of civil govt is

essentially theological in nature because it presupposes a transcedent rule of divine law which serves as

the norm both for the rulers & those who are ruled because God is the ultimate source of law & the role

of civil govt is simply to discover & administer Gods preexisting law.-William Perkins clergy/theologian

* Civil law is simply the application of the principles of moral law to the civic & social life of the people in

ALL its ramifications.-Louis Berkof in Systematic Theology.

* We do not break God's commandments—we break ourselves on them. The man who jumps out of a 10th story window doesn't break the law of gravity -he illustrates it. JVL Casserly British philosopher theologian

* “We can never retreat into our sanctuaries and neglect our civic responsibility to help set the moral tone of our culture. Leaving your neighbor in ignorance of his folly is inconsistent with the command to love him, and so political and cultural engagement [is] required of faithful believers. We are . . . to bring the influence of the City of God into the City of Man, working for justice and righteousness.” Chuck Colson

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.- John Quincy Adams

We the people have clearly ceased to be moral for not rising up to resist the reprobate rulers who bring

such perfidy in our midst & those who think they are moral are in denial or kidding themselves to say least.

The founding fathers would never have approved or condoned such homosexual conduct in their time.

George Washington courtmartialed & evicted an officer from his army for such sordid behavior.Guess it was just a coincidence/oversight that they did not recognize such behavior as constitutional nor

would they ever stand for or submit to those who do as is commonplace today.I would venture to say that if such a public policy redefining marriage was proposed back then they would have run the scoundrel ut of town & probably tarred & feathered them first.All the above was common knowledge for centuries everywhere & an elementary no brainer but now thanks to the public school system our dumbed down lobotomized,gullible & naive citizenry have lost sight of such facts/truth & ask how high whenever a federal official says jump and are so easily intimidated & manipulated into acquiescence.So much for Gods will(as revealed in scripture) being done on earth as it is in Heaven.Thats where the real rule of law begins.Rest assured there will be no same sex marriage when Christ rules the earth for 1000 years.Its a shame to even speak of the things done of them( homosexuals)in secret as Ephesians 5:12 puts it.I am hard pressed to figure which is more revolting -those who perpetrate such pernicious policies advancing the LGBT agenda or my fellow citizens for letting it happen on our watch.Susan Huck in her excellent book Why Do We Americans Submit to This wrote "While one may question the mental health/sanity of the perpetrators must we also not question that of the host society for permitting all of this to happen."( & that was in 1997 folks)

Those who advance the homosexual agenda especially the clueless courts who brazenly declare in their

ridiculous rulings recently that morality cannot be used as the basis for denying homosexual marriage&

that there no longer is any rational justification for banning such & that such bans should be on the ash

heap of history. Au contraire God & I beg to differ.Why do We the People accept such asinine assertions?The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) & is sorely lacking in the queer lobby & the powers that be that foist this folly upon US with their twisted views of equality & tolerance.Morality right & truth cannot be left out of the equation biblically.Abhor that which is evil.All of us are sinners & fall short of divine standards but most of us dont endeavor to celebrate & elevateour sins to legal protected official status as the LGBT crowd does by aiming to force everyone to accept & sanction their perverse practices which a godly people should oppose with every breath they will take as we are not to be conformed to this world & accepting same sex marriage surely qualifies as doing so. God word is the final authority not political correctness or public opinion polls.Morality defines cultural/societal standards not the other way around as is the present status quo.That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God(Luke16:15) & the wicked shall be turned into hell & the nations that forget God(Psalm 9:17). News flash- America is not exempt from that scripture by any imagination.Like Rome this will put US on the ash heap

of history.

Now that the problem is described above what is the constitutional/scriptural solution to this perfidy in our

midst? A return to righteous rulers under Romans 13 who will exercise their divine authority & bear the

sword against evil as ministers of justice charged by God to put out the candle of the wicked who corrupt

the rule of law & pollute our land via supporting same sex marriage. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind(homosexuals),nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.(1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Here is a viable course of action plan for all concerned & conscientious citizens to pursue now.

* Under Article 3 of the Constitution Congress could remove such issues including abortion from the jurisdiction of all federal courts now. So contact your congressmen & insist they do so now.

* Vote against any public official who endorses or promotes same sex marriage.They are unfit for office.

* restore local & state laws on corrupting public morals as in a state statute here.FS 877.03- Whoever

commits such acts as are of a nature to corrupt the public morals or outrage the sense of public decency

shall be guilty of a 2nd degree misdemeanor.( if same sex marriage doesnt qualify then just what does?)

* Most state bar associations have morals(turpitude)clauses for all their attorney members.Those who advocate or rule in favor violate such rules & should be disciplined/disbarred for such conduct.Contact

your state bar & file complaint against those lawyers now.

* every local & state goverment should enact an ordinance/statute defining marriage as solely between a man & woman & mandating that court clerks shall not issue marriage licenses to any other couples.

Thats what I would do.This will take bold & courageous action by those not snared by the fear of man to accomplish as most of our present governors & sheriffs are gutless wonders derelict in their moral duty before god & man sadly.They cop out & pass the buck to God instead of being the ministers of justice our Creator has charged them to be.Who will rise up for me against the evildoer saith the Lord?(Psalm 94:16) No man can serve 2 masters(God & some judge)Stand up for right.MAN UP MAGISTRATES.OBEY GOD NOT MAN NOW.WHO WILL YOU SERVE?

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We are commanded to provide things honest in the sight of all men(Romans 12:17) so I will spell it out & tell it like it is below.Those who have ears to hear let them hear.There can be no compromise/quarter here.

The same sex marriage scourge on the USA steamrolls on unabated & largely unchallenged as the body of Christ especially passive pastors mostly sit on the sidelines.Such a sad reflection on US all that is. 20 states down-30 to go to approve homosexual marriage which for most of history has been illegal & taboo worldwide.There are several court cases pending on my states constitutional ban on such so its probably just a matter of time before some jaded judge strikes it down here which amounts to abuse of power/judicial tyranny.It never ceases to amaze me that these sorely misguided magistrates have the audacity & gall to believe they have the authority to overrule & supercede Almighty God/thus saith the Lord.Nothing could be further from the truth.The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:-4) Do they not know it is an abomination for kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness(Proverbs16:12) They will give account thereof when they appear before our Creator one day with nary a leg to stand on to excuse or justify themselves as will all those other rulers who go along with such evil edicts sheepishly. Show me a local or state official that has stood up & declared not in this county/state as they all should do now.Silence is not golden its yellow as we are to obey God rather than man(Acts 5:29) in such matters.To not do so amounts to denying God before man.That dereliction of duty amounts to the sin of omission by their failure to do what God requires of them to reprove the works of darkness.The evil of this world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it(Ayn Rand)by timid submission to such spiritual wickedness in high places. No mere mortal can legitimately claim or exercise a right to place themselves above & beyond Gods law/word. Attempting such places them on His throne & there will be hell to pay for their apostasy.Don"t take my word for it though -hear & heed what the sages from the ages advise as follows below.

* No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God-William Blackstone.

* True followers of Jesus cannot endorse same-sex marriage regardless of what others, including President Obama, the media, or the Supreme Court say about the issue. Marriage cannot be redefined because marriage was settled by God himself and is not subject to man-made revisions or modifications.(Franklin Graham)

* If there is NO final place for civil disobedience then the government has just been made autonomous & as

such put in place of the living God & if you do not have a defensible bottom line then you have just made

government your personal god. -theologian Francis Schaeffer .(can you say idolatry?)

* For earthly princes lay aside their power when they rise up against God & are unworthy to be reckoned among the number of mankind.We ought rather to utterly defy them rather than obey them-John Calvin.

* If it should follow that mens laws be made of things evil & thus forbidden by God then there is NO bond of conscience at all but contrarywise men are bound in conscience NOT to obey.The idea of civil govt is essentially theological in nature because it presupposes a transcedent rule of divine law which serves as the norm both for the rulers & those who are ruled because God is the ultimate source of law & the role of civil govt is simply to discover & administer Gods preexisting law.-William Perkins clergy/theologian

* Civil law is simply the application of the principles of moral law to the civic & social life of the people in ALL its ramifications.-Louis Berkof in Systematic Theology.

* We do not break God's commandments—we break ourselves on them. The man who jumps out of a 10th story window doesn't break the law of gravity -he illustrates it. JVL Casserly British philosopher theologian

* “We can never retreat into our sanctuaries and neglect our civic responsibility to help set the moral tone of our culture. Leaving your neighbor in ignorance of his folly is inconsistent with the command to love him, and so political and cultural engagement [is] required of faithful believers. We are . . . to bring the influence of the City of God into the City of Man, working for justice and righteousness.” Chuck Colson

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.- John Quincy Adams

We the people have clearly ceased to be moral for not rising up to resist the reprobate rulers who bring such perfidy in our midst & those who think they are moral are in denial or kidding themselves to say least.The founding fathers would never have approved or condoned such homosexual conduct in their time.George Washington courtmartialed & evicted an officer from his army for such sordid behavior.Guess it was just a coincidence/oversight that they did not recognize such behavior as constitutional nor would they ever stand for or submit to those who do as is commonplace today.I would venture to say that if such a public policy redefining marriage was proposed back then they would have run the scoundrel ut of town & probably tarred & feathered them first.All the above was common knowledge for centuries everywhere & an elementary no brainer but now thanks to the public school system our dumbed down lobotomized,gullible & naive citizenry have lost sight of such facts/truth & ask how high whenever a federal official says jump and are so easily intimidated & manipulated into acquiescence.So much for Gods will(as revealed in scripture) being done on earth as it is in Heaven.Thats where the real rule of law begins.Rest assured there will be no same sex marriage when Christ rules the earth for 1000 years.Its a shame to even speak of the things done of them( homosexuals)in secret as Ephesians 5:12 puts it.I am hard pressed to figure which is more revolting -those who perpetrate such pernicious policies advancing the LGBT agenda or my fellow citizens for letting it happen on our watch.Susan Huck in her excellent book Why Do We Americans Submit to This wrote "While one may question the mental health/sanity of the perpetrators must we also not question that of the host society for permitting all of this to happen."( & that was in 1997)

Those who advance the homosexual agenda especially the clueless courts who brazenly declare in their ridiculous rulings recently that morality cannot be used as the basis for denying homosexual marriage & that there no longer is any rational justification for banning such & that such bans should be on the ash heap of history. Au contraire God & I beg to differ.Why do We the People accept such asinine assertions?The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) & is sorely lacking in the queer lobby & the powers that be that foist this folly upon US with their twisted views of equality & tolerance.Morality right & truth cannot be left out of the equation biblically.Abhor that which is evil.All of us are sinners & fall short of divine standards but most of us dont endeavor to celebrate & elevateour sins to legal protected official status as the LGBT crowd does by aiming to force everyone to accept & sanction their perverse practices which a godly people should oppose with every breath they will take as we are not to be conformed to this world & accepting same sex marriage surely qualifies as doing so. God word is the final authority not political correctness or public opinion polls.Morality defines cultural/societal standards not the other way around as is the present status quo.That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God(Luke16:15) & the wicked shall be turned into hell & the nations that forget God(Psalm 9:17). News flash- America is not exempt from that scripture by any imagination.Like Rome this will put US on the ash heap of history.

Now that the problem is described above what is the constitutional/scriptural solution to this perfidy in our midst? A return to righteous rulers under Romans 13 who will exercise their divine authority & bear the sword against evil as ministers of justice charged by God to put out the candle of the wicked who corrupt the rule of law & pollute our land via supporting same sex marriage. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators,

nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind(homosexuals),nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.(1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Here is a viable course of action plan for all concerned & conscientious citizens to pursue now.

* Under Article 3 of the Constitution Congress could remove such issues including abortion from the jurisdiction of all federal courts now. So contact your congressmen & insist they do so now.

* Vote against any public official who endorses or promotes same sex marriage.They are unfit for office.

* restore local & state laws on corrupting public morals as in a state statute here.FS 877.03- Whoever commits such acts as are of a nature to corrupt the public morals or outrage the sense of public decency shall be guilty of a 2nd degree misdemeanor.( if same sex marriage doesnt qualify then just what does?)

* Most state bar associations have morals(turpitude)clauses for all their attorney members.Those who advocate or rule in favor violate such rules & should be disciplined/disbarred for such conduct.Contact your state bar & file complaint against those lawyers now.Hold then accountable.

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* every local & state goverment should enact an ordinance/statute defining marriage as solely between a man & woman & mandating that court clerks shall not issue marriage licenses to any other couples.

Thats what I would do.This will take bold & courageous action by those not snared by the fear of man to accomplish as most of our present governors & sheriffs are gutless wonders derelict in their moral duty before god & man sadly.They cop out & pass the buck to God instead of being the ministers of justice our Creator has charged them to be.Who will rise up for me against the evildoer saith the Lord?(Psalm 94:16) No man can serve 2 masters(God & some judge)Stand up for right.MAN UP MAGISTRATES.OBEY GOD NOT MAN NOW.WHO WILL YOU SERVE?


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To: Campy_69

This commentary has a lot of potential. Full of God’s precious word and (once) common sense.

If you actually really believe all of this, then why not republish it with common english verbage so that is is more readable and without duplication. Put a space between sentences, for example, dear friend! Otherwise you will not be read or taken seriously. Are you really serious about the cause or just going to cut and paste and move-on?

Oh, and where are there any quotes from traditional Catholic leaders. Saints as documented by the Catholic church have loads to say. Let’s be true to history and find what they had to say.

For example:

Saints’ Works - Holiest Works for the Sanctification of the Soul

http://www.saintsworks.net/Modesty%20and%20Purity%20-%20St.%20Alphonsus%20Maria%20de%20Liguori%20-%20Modesty%20of%20the%20Eyes.html

Modesty of the Eyes

‘Turn away your eyes lest they behold vanity; (cf. Ps. 119:37) for license causes souls to perish.’

St. Poemen

Extracts from, ‘The True Spouse of Jesus Christ’
by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori:

Almost all our rebellious passions spring from unguarded looks; for, generally speaking, it is by the sight that all inordinate affections and desires are excited.

Hence, holy Job made a covenant with his eyes, that he would not so much as think upon a virgin.

Why did he say that he would not so much as think upon a virgin? Should he not have said that he made a covenant with his eyes not to look at a virgin? No; he very properly said that he would not think upon a virgin; because thoughts are so connected with looks, that the former cannot be separated from the latter, and therefore, to escape the molestation of evil imaginations, he resolved never to fix his eyes on a woman.

St. Augustine says: “The thought follows the look; delight comes after the thought; and consent after delight.” From the look proceeds the thought; from the thought the desire; for, as St. Francis de Sales says, what is not seen is not desired, and to the desire succeeds the consent.

If Eve had not looked at the forbidden apple, she should not have fallen; but because she saw that it was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and beautiful to behold, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.

The devil first tempts us to look, then to desire, and afterwards to consent.

St. Jerome says that Satan requires “only a beginning on our part.” If we begin, he will complete our destruction.

A deliberate glance at a person of a different sex often enkindles an infernal spark, which consumes the soul. “Through the eyes,” says St. Bernard, “the deadly arrows of love enter.” The first dart that wounds and frequently robs chaste souls of life finds admission through the eyes. By them David, the beloved of God, fell. By them was Solomon, once the inspired of the Holy Ghost, drawn into the greatest abominations. Oh! how many are lost by indulging their sight!

The eyes must be carefully guarded by all who expect not to be obliged to join in the lamentation of Jeremiah: “My eye hath wasted my soul.” By the introduction of sinful affections my eyes have destroyed my soul. Hence St. Gregory says, that “the eyes, because they draw us to sin, must be depressed.”

If not restrained, they will become instruments of hell, to force the soul to sin almost against its will.

“He that looks at a dangerous object,” continues the saint, “begins to will what he wills not.” It was this the inspired writer intended to express when he said of Holofernes, that the beauty of Judith made his soul captive.

Seneca says that “blindness is a part of innocence.” And Tertullian relates that a certain pagan philosopher, to free himself from impurity, plucked out his eyes. Such an act would be unlawful in us: but he that desires to preserve chastity must avoid the sight of objects that are apt to excite unchaste thoughts. “Gaze not about,” says the Holy Ghost, “upon another’s beauty; . . . hereby lust is enkindled as a fire.” Gaze not upon another’s beauty; for from looks arise evil imaginations, by which an impure fire is lighted up.

Hence St. Francis de Sales used to say, that “they who wish to exclude an enemy from the city must keep the gates locked.”

Hence, to avoid the sight of dangerous objects, the saints were accustomed to keep their eyes almost continually fixed on the earth, and to abstain even from looking at innocent objects.

After being a novice for a year, St. Bernard could not tell whether his cell was vaulted. In consequence of never raising his eyes from the ground, he never knew that there were but three windows to the church of the monastery, in which he spent his novitiate.

He once, without perceiving a lake, walked along its banks for nearly an entire day; and hearing his companions speak about it, he asked when they had seen it.

St. Peter of Alcantara kept his eyes constantly cast down, so that he did not know the brothers with whom he conversed. It was by the voice, and not by the countenance, that he was able to recognize them.

The saints were particularly cautious not to look at persons of a different sex.

St. Hugh, bishop, when compelled to speak with women, never looked at them in the face.

St. Clare would never fix her eyes on the face of a man. She was greatly afflicted because, when raising her eyes at the elevation to see the consecrated host, she once involuntarily saw the countenance of the priest.

St. Aloysius never looked at his own mother in the face.

It is related of St. Arsenius, that a noble lady went to visit him in the desert, to beg of him to recommend her to God. When the saint perceived that his visitor was a woman, he turned away from her, she then said to him: “Arsenius, since you will neither see or hear me, at least remember me in your prayers.” “No,” replied the saint, “but I will beg of God to make me forget you, and never more to think of you.”

From these examples may be seen the folly and temerity of some religious who, though they have not the sanctity of a St. Clare, still gaze around from the terrace, in the parlor, and in the church, upon every object that presents itself, even on persons of a different sex. And notwithstanding their unguarded looks, they expect to be free from temptations and from the danger of sin.

For having once looked deliberately at a woman who was gathering ears of corn, the Abbot Pastor was tormented for forty years by temptations against chastity.

St. Gregory states that the temptation, to conquer which St. Benedict rolled himself in thorns, arose from one incautious glance at a woman.

St. Jerome, though living in a cave at Bethlehem, in continual prayer and macerations of the flesh, was terribly molested by the remembrance of ladies whom he had long before seen in Rome. Why should not similar molestations be the lot of the religious who wilfully and without reserve fixes her eyes on persons of a different sex?

“It is not,” says St. Francis de Sales, “the seeing of objects so much as the fixing of our eyes upon them that proves most pernicious.” “If,” says St. Augustine, “our eyes should by chance fall upon others, let us take care never to fix them upon any one.” Father Manareo, when taking leave of St. Ignatius for a distant place, looked steadfastly in his face: for this look he was corrected by the saint.

From the conduct of St. Ignatius on this occasion, we learn that it was not becoming in religious to fix their eyes on the countenance of a person even of the same sex, particularly if the person is young. But I do not see how looks at young persons of a different sex can be excused from the guilt of a venial fault, or even from mortal sin, when there is proximate danger of criminal consent. “It is not lawful,” says St. Gregory, “to behold what it is not lawful to covet.”

The evil thought that proceeds from looks, though it should be rejected, never fails to leave a stain upon the soul. Brother Roger, a Franciscan of singular purity, being once asked why he was so reserved in his intercourse with women, replied, that when men avoid the occasions of sin, God preserves them; but when they expose themselves to danger, they are justly abandoned by the Lord, and easily fall into some grievous transgressions.

The indulgence of the eyes, if not productive of any other evil, at least destroys recollection during the time of prayer. For, the images and impressions caused by the objects seen before, or by the wandering of the eyes, during prayer, will occasion a thousand distractions, and banish all recollection from the soul. It is certain that without recollection a religious can pay but little attention to the practice of humility, patience, mortification, or of the other virtues. Hence it is her duty to abstain from all looks of curiosity, which distract her mind from holy thoughts. Let her eyes be directed only to objects which raise the soul to God.

St. Bernard used to say, that to fix the eyes upon the earth contributes to keep the heart in heaven. “Where,” says St. Gregory, “Christ is, there modesty is found.” Wherever Jesus Christ dwells by love, there modesty is practised.

However, I do not mean to say that the eyes should never be raised or never fixed on any object. No; but they ought to be directed only to what inspires devotion, to sacred images, and to the beauty of creation, which elevate the soul to the contemplation of the divinity. Except in looking at such objects, a religious should in general keep the eyes cast down, and particulary in places where they may fall upon dangerous objects. In conversing with men, she should never roll the eyes about to look at them, and much less to look at them a second time.

To practise modesty of the eyes is the duty of a religious, not only because it is necessary for her own improvement in virtue, but also because it is necessary for the edification of others.

God only knows the human heart: man sees only the exterior actions, and by them he is edified or scandalized. A man, says the Holy Ghost, is known by his look. By the countenance the interior is known. Hence, like St. John the Baptist, a religious should be a burning and shining light. She ought to be a torch burning with charity, and shining resplendent by her modesty, to all who behold her. To religious the following words of the Apostle are particularly applicable: We are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men.” And again: Let your modesty be known to all men: the Lord is nigh. Religious are attentively observed by the angels and by men; and therefore their modesty should be made manifest before all; if they do not practise modesty, terrible shall be the account which they must render to God on the day of judgment. Oh! what devotion does a modest religious inspire, what edification does she give, by keeping her eyes always cast down!

St. Francis of Assisi once said to his companion, that he was going out to preach. After walking through the town, with his eyes fixed on the ground, he returned to the convent. His companion asked him when he would preach the sermon. We have, replied the saint, by the modesty of our looks, given an excellent instruction to all who saw us.

It is related of St. Aloysius, that when he walked through Rome the students would stand in the streets to observe and admire his great modesty.

St. Ambrose says, that to men of the world the modesty of the saints is a powerful exhortation to amendment of life.

“The look of a just man is an admonition to many.” The saint adds: “How delightful it is to do good to others by your appearance!”

It is related of St. Bernardine of Sienna, that even when a secular, his presence was sufficient to restrain the licentiousness of his young companions, who, as soon as they saw him, were accustomed to give to one another notice that he was coming. On his arrival they became silent or changed the subject of their conversation. It is also related of St. Gregory of Nyssa, and of St. Ephrem, that their very appearance inspired piety, and that the sanctity and modesty of their exterior edified and improved all that beheld them.

When Innocent II visited St. Bernard at Clairvaux, such was the exterior modesty of the saint and of his monks, that the Pope and his cardinals were moved to tears of devotion. Surius relates a very extraordinary fact of St. Lucian, a monk and martyr. By his modesty he induced so many pagans to embrace the faith, that the Emperor Maximian fearing that he should be converted to Christianity by the appearance of the saint, would not allow the holy man to be brought within his view, but spoke to him from behind a screen.

That our Redeemer was the first who taught, by his example, modesty of the eyes, may, as a learned author remarks, be inferred from the holy evangelists, who say that on some occasion he raised his eyes. “And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples. When Jesus therefore had lifted up his eyes.” From these passages we may conclude that the Redeemer ordinarily kept his eyes cast down.

Hence the Apostle, praising the modesty of the Saviour, says: I beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ.

I shall conclude this subject with what St. Basil said to his monks: If, my children, we desire to raise the soul towards heaven, let us direct the eyes towards the earth.

From the moment we awake in the morning, let us pray continually in the words of holy David: “Turn away my eyes, that they may not behold vanity.”


2 posted on 06/24/2014 2:59:01 AM PDT by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: Repent and Believe

ok Im not catholic
so your not going to post my piece on your site due to your minor concerns I take it thats a bummer


3 posted on 06/30/2014 10:50:07 AM PDT by Campy_69
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I don’t have a site. I’m just commenting on your piece as a friend.
Catholic thought on these concerns is well established over the course of Christianity and it is anti-historical and misleading to never quote any “Catholic” authors therefor. The “church” was 100% Catholics prior to the Protestant revolt.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 3:24:47 AM PDT by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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