“I am earnestly appealing to the parents who are present here, especially to the mothers, to provide decent dresses to your daughter from her younger days onwards. I presume that you will wish to see your little daughter dress decently, when she becomes a young girl. Your little daughter will dress tomorrow also, in the same way she has dressed herself today. Even after a period of one month or even after a period of one year, she will dress in the same way she has dressed herself today. Therefore, if you make her aware to dress decently, then, she will get used to dress herself in the same way and will become a decent daughter”.

The Most Holy Apostolic Father, His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso, made these reflections when he received a group of devotees in Sts. Apostles Peter & Paul garden on 18th November 2012.

This special audience with the Holy Apostolic Father was held in Sts. Apostles Peter & Paul garden of Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine. At this special audience, the Holy Apostolic Father emphatically stressed about the discipline in the society which is gradually getting disappeared.

”A man will not become decent by wearing clothes. Yet, a decent man could be recognized by the way he dresses. There are indecent people who dress decently. Yet, there are no decent people who dress indecently”.

This special audience with the Holy Apostolic Father was organized by the Governing Board of Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine. The full text of the speech delivered by the Holy Apostolic Father, His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso, when he addressed the devotees at this special audience, is given below.

“Today, at this moment, I compassionately, welcome all you. “May grace and peace be yours in full measure through your knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord”. (2 Peter 1/2)

“Recently, when I was travelling, I was saddened to see a notice board which was displayed on the gate of a Buddhist temple in a certain town. That notice board had only one sentence. “This is a sacred place. Please behave in a cultured manner” “This Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country. Buddhists teaches their children from their younger days onwards, the way to behave in a temple. Not only that accordingly, they even train their children. Everybody knows what kind of a dress they have to wear when they enter a temple. Not only that they also know what kind of colours they have to select. Even the minority Christians, who are living in this country, are totally aware of that. Yet, by this year 2012, if a notice board had to be displayed in a Buddhist temple mentioning “This is a sacred place. Please behave in a cultured manner”, then, we could certainly, imagine the current situation of this society”.

“Certainly, if the decency of the people in today’s society has been declined up to these levels, where a Buddhist temple had to put up a notice board on its gate, then, I am wondering what kind of a notice board a Christian Shrine has to display? I say this because there are no restrictions imposed on the people about their clothes or about the colours of their clothes when they enter a Christian Shrine. Therefore, if the situation in a Buddhist temple, where the restrictions are imposed is like this, then, what will be the situation of devotees who come to Christian Shrines, where there are no restrictions imposed on their dress whenever they enter a Christian Shrine. I say this because the decency in today’s society has been significantly declined. It is very badly declined”.

“People come to a Christian Shrine from this same society, where the decency has been significantly declined. Think about this Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine. This Shrine is the only Shrine in Sri Lanka, where Lord Jesus Christ has appeared. This Shrine is the only Shrine in Sri Lanka, where the Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared. This Shrine is a Shrine, where several miracles are currently taking place. Devotees, mostly come to this Shrine to obtain help and graces. Please don’t misunderstand. In a way they come to this Shrine to obtain some kind of benefit or to obtain some kind of help for them. Even then, if the Governing Board of this Shrine has to impose some kind of disciplinary rules to the devotees who come to this Shrine, then, you could imagine the current situation of this society”

“Now, at this moment, I wish to remind all of you about the Message of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which she delivered on 21st December 1981, when She appeared in this Shrine, for the 21st occasion.

“God is grieved due to modern women wearing improper clothes. They are modernizing their fashions day by day to destroy their cleanliness and decency. Due to their improper fashions, they are also letting the Satan to secure a position in the world. It is extremely unpleasant to see the desire of women to display their bodies, improperly, by wearing improper clothes”.

Just think to yourself, the Blessed Virgin Mary declared these words on 21st December 1981. That means 31 years ago. But today is 18th November 2012”.

“Certainly, when the Blessed Mother declared this statement that means when she declared it 31 years ago, the situation in the society was not that bad and there was not much of indecency in this society. Yet, I can remember there were some kinds of signs of indecency creeping into the society. That was the reason for Blessed Mother to warn about the situation before it becomes deteriorated. Now, what is the situation? Now, it has come to a position that not only we have to impose disciplinary rules to the women who come to this Shrine, but also to the men, as well. People who come to this Shrine, where the Blessed Mother has appeared, are well aware of that statement of the Blessed Mother Mary about “Good Discipline”. Yet, I was briefed by the Apostolic Security Division that they are trying to creep through the disciplinary rules, even though they are fully aware of her statement. If I say that in her words, “by letting the Satan to secure a position in the world” Therefore, what is the meaning of requesting Blessed Mother’s help, by taking a contract to let the Satan to secure a position in the world.

“Today, I am compelled to ask why the women do not wish to wear clothes up to a position where they could cover their knees. Likewise today, I am compelled to ask why the women do not wish to wear clothes up to a position where they could cover their shoulders. If this continues, then, very soon, I might have to ask why the women do not wish to wear clothes. When I see the clothes women are wearing, I am wondering whether they are wearing these clothes, even before the stitching is completed”.

“A man will not become decent by wearing clothes. Yet, a decent man could be recognized by the way he dresses. There are indecent people who dress decently. Yet, there are no decent people who dress indecently”. “I am earnestly appealing to the parents who are present here, especially to the mothers, to provide decent dresses to your daughter from her younger days onwards. I presume that you will wish to see your little daughter dress decently, when she becomes a young girl. Your little daughter will dress tomorrow also, in the same way she has dressed herself today. Even after a period of one month or even after a period of one year, she will dress in the same way she has dressed herself today. Therefore, if you make her aware to dress decently, then, she will get used to dress herself in the same way and will become a decent daughter”.

“I do not believe that my appeal will be useful, especially to the mothers. Because today, when we look at certain mothers, it is difficult to say who the mother is and who is the daughter is, because more than the daughter, the mother is trying to become a young girl”.

“In a situation like this, there is no need to be surprised if abusing of children and raping of women are taking place in this society. I feel that mothers are also responsible up to a certain position, for these things to happen in this society”.

“Men and women, you both should become decent people. Do not forget that virus of sin is getting well-nourished in the mud pit of indecency. A society which fears to commit sins? Do not allow that to become a day dream. In this matter, do not forget that mothers as well as daughters have a responsibility”. “It takes only a little yeast to make the whole batch of dough rise”. (Galatians 5/9)

“I thank all of you for listening to my address and I Impart my Apostolic Blessing to all of you. May the immense compassion of God and the protection of the Blessed Mother Mary be with you”.

Most Holy Apostolic Father, His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso, addresses a group of devotees at the Special Audience, which was held in Sts. Apostles Peter & Paul garden of Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine

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