Newsletter of the District
and Occasion of Sin
H.E. Bishop Tissier de Mallerais
A child came
to confession one day and he accused himself of having serious temptations
against the angelical virtue, perhaps even of having given in, by
thoughts and, who knows, maybe in actions.
priest sought the cause of such a misfortune: "So, do you have television
at home?" he asked. The child had to admit it and that he did watch
the cursed box, sometimes behind his parents' back, sometimes with
them, as a family, and that was the cause of his temptations.
gave to the unfortunate and sorrowful child the holy absolution,
but could he give it to his parents?...
parents, are you CONSCIOUS of your terrible responsibility? Do you
realize that for that weakness of accepting and of keeping at home
that tool, source of corruption of minds and souls, you are the
cause of unsuspected damages in innocent souls? Because of your
cowardice, souls, tender and pure, are stained by the infamous sin?
These children will stand up at the last judgment and will accuse
you of having been the cause of their damnation...
Let us remember
the Saviour's grave words: "He that shall scandalise one of these
little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone
should be hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned in
the depth of the sea" (Mat. 18,6).
Do you understand,
by this sad example, what is an occasion of sin? Our catechism teaches
us that we must avoid not only sin but also the occasion of sin;
and that it is as grievous to put ourselves (or to put others) in
the occasion of sin, than it is to commit the sin itself, when we
know by experience that we will fall into that sin.
In this season
of Lent, let us suppress courageously all the occasions of sin for
ourselves and for those under our care. Let us profit at this time
to get rid of the dirty box. Give it back to your dealer and let
there be no more mention of it. Instead, you shall re-establish
that nice family oratory, you shall enthrone the statue of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus or that of Our Blessed Lady. And long live Jesus
who will have freed you from a nasty slavery!