Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Advice to Virgins and Widows
A reading from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 7:25-35):
Now in regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. So this is what I think best because of the present distress: that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation. Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife. If you marry, however, you do not sin, nor does an unmarried woman sin if she marries; but such people will experience affliction in their earthly life, and I would like to spare you that.
I tell you, brothers, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away.
I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.
I thank the Lord for giving me good health these days and I am praying daily to Our Blessed Mother that I may receive what She promised. Please pray that what She wants may be accomplished soon.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I call you all to follow the Will of Your Heavenly Father, My dear brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who have accepted Me as their Savior. Many people are called to the married life with the hope that they will have children and they will bring them up in the faith. Others are called to the single life. The celibate men are called to the priesthood or the religious life and other are called to be single for the rest of their lives. If they remain single, they should be dedicated to Me and be men of prayer who love to go to church every day. Some of the women are called to be virgins and many of them enter into religious life as contemplatives and others to work to help the young, the sick, the disabled, the poor and all those who are in need. Some women remain single all their life but live in close union with Me, their Savior, and with My Blessed Mother with whom they have a deep devotion. Follow the call of Our Heavenly Father and you will be blessed with many graces and one day you will be in heaven. I bless you all.”