These are the words of the Blessed Mother on this day:
The children of God do not neglect regular prayer. As they pray they open themselves to the Holy Spirit of God, the Father, the Almighty and become aware of their nature, their stature in the eyes of God. Their desire to please God, the Father, the Almighty increases and they repent any past action which contradicted the Father’s commands.
Repentance should lead to a proper consideration of failure to obey God’s commands, the examination of each sin and, importantly, the consequences of sin. Prayer helps to recognise that sin has been committed and that it is proper to seek forgiveness. But such is not sufficient for the growth of the human spirit towards God, the Father, the Almighty. When the sin is forgiven by the priest, a further duty must be undertaken. Such is reparation.
Making reparation means to consider each harmful consequence of the sin. For instance, if stealing is the sin, reparation consists of restitution. Unless restitution takes place, the harm caused in the first place persists in the defrauded, in the form of anger, or bitterness or suspicion of all persons. If the sin is murder while restitution of life is not possible, the sinner must consider the harm caused not only in the taking of a life, but in the negative emotions born in the spirit of those who loved the murdered person, such negative emotions can lead the sufferer to risk salvation. If the sin is slander of the character of a person, the consequences are continually harmful to all who engage in slander and to those who act as a result of their belief of that slander. Some persons act deviously in order to gain wealth for themselves. Their actions are evil because they harm the innocence of those whom they manipulate. At times they use the misery of the poor to bend the giver towards a cause which they have no intention to alleviate, or they lie about the wares they are selling to obtain undeserved wealth. Their greed has consequences which too many ignore. Greed harms the person who harbours it because they hunger of a hunger which is never ending. This hunger leads many to be deprived of God’s gifts to them according to their need until they hunger the hunger of the poor, which in turn may lead them to sin. Not to mention the unlawful sexual sins of many forms. Who can make restitution of the purity of which some persons are deprived for reasons of lust, perversion and greed?
Never-the-less, restitution must be considered in all situations of sin. Therefore, if you sin, consider the consequences of that action, and realise all the harm that you will cause when you sin.
Parents, teach your children the true nature of sin. Sin is the action of evil and it is intended to cause the maximum harm to as many persons as possible. Teach and explain the hurt and the harm and the importance of reparation without which the human spirit is subdued to the consequences of evil.
She smiles and leaves.