O how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory: for the memory thereof is immortal: because it is known both with God and with men. When it is present, they imitate it: and they desire it when it hath withdrawn itself, and it triumpheth crowned for ever, winning the reward of undefiled conflicts. — Book of Wisdom Chapter 4 verse 1-2
Oddly enough this quote from the Batman movie, by the nemesis; Ra’s Al Ghul, is extremely relevant – “if you devote yourself to an ideal you become something else entirely.”
If we truly aspire to be Saints; pure, humble, women, we must meditate on the beautiful, the good, the (perhaps) hardly attainable but worthy of imitating. Our Blessed Lady; is a beautiful example; her humility, sweetness and overall simplicity is one that many a Catholic Woman should aspire to and devote themselves to imitating.
Instead of using vulgar images of women who hardly imitate Christianity, let alone Catholicism in its depth; why not take what is higher in moral, simplicity, humility…? We need examples of Christian beauty in word, thought, deed to help us gain a love and want of attaining a more Simple, Christian, Humble & Ladylike way.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. – Saint Augustine
You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all. – St. Therese of Lisieux
“If one puts garbage into the stomachs of children, it will be easy to forecast their health; if moral garbage is put into the minds of children, it is easy to predict how these ideas will become acts.”
–Fulton J. Sheen, A Fulton Sheen Reader, speaking of teenagers.
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen also said these inspiring words concerning women and morals of society!- ” The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”
When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” – Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Can we say we are at least trying to be a better, moral, Godly woman?
Let us not be afraid of mimicking that which is pure, innocent, humble… for this may well change us into the channels that God can use to do His work through us.
When we see pictures of such women or ideals, let us not be so narrow-minded as to think we are/must mimic the tight corset or the exact hair do, or even the makeup.. but the look of innocence, her dainty-ness, her purity, her humility, her morality... can this not be seen so clearly in photos such as these? Can this not be such a wonderful example to set for us and our children?
On the other hand….. (see photos below)
If we just surrounded ourselves with these beautiful images in the place of images / women such as, say Beyoncé Knowles, you are doing your soul a great favor. Who care’s if their song is on the radio and it’s catchy and everyone else loves it!? It that really all we care about?
A great way to lift our minds & hearts to God is not to surround ourselves with filth and garbage, but of that of real beauty – something worthy !
After all, we all know the saying! GARBAGE IN – GARBAGE OUT!
Let us be exemplary Catholics & not promote evil, but goodness, beauty, innocence..
For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things. – Philippians 4;8
Until next time! God bless & keep it Trad!