A lesson on Chastity: A little known fact about Da Vinci’s Last Supper

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Good Christians would not be wrong to rejoice in certain advances that have been made recently in the pro-life battle in the United States, even if these victories are comparatively small to what we hopefully are working towards.  Even these little victories, however, have awakened absolutely demonic reactions in these pro-abortion “feminists”, whose errors have almost completely pervaded the West.

One could certainly pause and wonder how our nation and so many others have degenerated into such a vile, grotesque culture of death.  One major reason is the universally spread and promoted vice of Impurity.  The great selfishness of the modern world, commenced in part by the terrible ’60s, has led to the motto of “If it feels good; do it!”.  As a result, mankind has become a slave to his inner passions.  Sins of impurity deaden the will and intellect as no other sins can.  They deaden and destroy innocence and make one eventually unresponsive to evil.  These sins also inflict such great harm on the body, even when committed alone.  Our Lady of Fatima has warned us about the good majority of souls in Hell- that it was by leading an impure life that they are lost for eternity.  When men commit sins of impurity, it is a sign that they possess a great emptiness in their lives.  Certainly a strong devotion to Our Lady, starting with a daily rosary, can help us to eradicate this vice within ourselves.  We should also endeavor to keep ourselves continually occupied, especially by doing good for others and by having good friends and hobbies.

Fr. Thiamer Toth in his beautiful work Youth and Chastity describes the great spiritual and even physical death that is caused by sins of impurity, whether alone or with others.  Besides being in moral decline, it is clear that we are overall a very unhealthy race.  Many have tried to explain away the declining modern health of populations.  Perhaps it is “pollution” or food additives or greenhouse gas, they say.  Well, maybe, but how many have really given full consideration to how much we are weakening and killing ourselves by our very own personal sins?  Nature is punishing us, dear readers.

Fr. Toth also provides a chilling example from the painting of Da Vinci’s Last Supper to illustrate the gravity of such sins.  How stunning it is that the same model used for painting Christ could be used two years later for the face of Judas!  Oh God , how terrible are these sins against Thee and all of nature Thou hast created!

To close this introduction with a message of Hope, let us remember that Judas himself is perishing not mainly for his sin of betrayal, but because he despaired in such a horrible manner of God’s mercy.  As great as this first sin of Judas was, Our Lord would have so lovingly forgiven him just as he forgave Peter.  It is reasonable to conclude that Judas might have then went on to lead a life of fidelity to His sacred duty as one of the first prelates of the Catholic Church.  Like his fellow apostles, he may certainly have been martyred for this fidelity. Catholic boys could proudly be baptized with the name “Judas”, in honor of the great apostle who accepted the grace for one of the greatest conversions the world had ever known.  What a great tragedy, as this should have been Judas’ fate.  But for anyone struggling with sins of impurity, it is not too late!  If one makes the sincere efforts necessary to amend his life and does not despair in God, he will be converted from this vice and, God willing, become a great saint!  These sins will even be forgotten, so to speak, for eternity and will instead turn into precious jewels adorning the glorified body and soul.  May we always have recourse to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts in striving to lead our lives with an angelic purity.

Passages from Fr. Toth:

“Nothing works more unsparingly towards the wasting away of the human organism than this sin[The objectively mortal sin of Masturbation-SC]. Like a leech never satisfied, it sucks away the sinner’s cheerfulness, it kills the roses on his cheeks, and extinguishes the sparkle in his eye. For the substance squandered by this sin causes a weakening of the whole system almost equal to a loss of blood twenty times as great. This substance is of vital necessity – according to undisputed medical evidence — for the internal and external building-up of the body, to give resiliency to the muscles, strength to the bones, lustre to the eye, keenness to the intellect and the other faculties. When this substance is wasted, a boy becomes a laggard in everything, just as the power of a locomotive will decrease if the fireman scatters the coal along the tracks instead of shovelling it into the engine. According to the latest findings of the medical world, the state of the soul can also influence the state of the body. Psychotherapy, one of the new methods of curing, attempts the healing of the body through the soul. It is now recognized that the con- tinually depressed spirits of such an unfortunate boy make themselves felt on his body also. The continual strain upon the nerves and squandering of the vital powers, cannot but bring on grave consequences. For a time the system endeavors to replace the lost matter, but after a while this replacement takes place at the expense of the entire organism. As a matter of fact there is not a single activity of the whole human system which influences the nervous system to such a degree as the functioning of the genital organs. The body is a “self-contained” power system, which means that, if there be an undue amount of energy used up by some of its activities, one cannot borrow that “plus” from somewhere outside, but must take it away from some other department of the organism. A “plus” in one part, at the same time means a “minus” in some other place. Now the great squandering of saps, accompanying the sinful excitation of the genital organ, causes frightful “minuses” in other areas of the body, so that physical health, a fresh memory, keen perception, joy of life, are lessened to a great extent. Continual sexual excitement rocks a youth’s system to its very foundation; it undermines its resistance and disorganizes the work of the digestive and breathing organs, and interferes with blood circulation. Such a youth becomes pale and anaemic, and very susceptible to consumption, which in these days takes a heavy death toll, in ever more appalling numbers. Thus it is that boys shorten their lives by years and even what remains of their life is only misery, for outraged Nature rises in rebellion against this wanton desecration. Alas, it is the colors slowly fading in the rainbow! Now, as I have said, there are youths of vigorous physical make-up, whose health will not be impaired so much by this sin, but even these, to a certain extent, pay the cost of their indiscretion. Their power of resistance diminishes, they become more susceptible to sickness, any tendency to hereditary disease is increased in them, the joy of living is lessened and they stand their ground in life’s struggle with great difficulty. Even when endowed with the strongest physique a sinning boy cannot escape these punishments. A great many pay even a heavier penalty, suffering a complete disruption of body and soul, dishonesty, feebleness, weariness of life, sometimes tuberculosis, tabes, dorsalis, yea, even the mad-house. These are the appalling punishments meted out to the boy who indulges in immoral living. Look into the eyes of such an unfortunate boy. Good God! Those sunken eyes are those of a child. Those distorted features still have the outlines of a child’s face. He has not lived long enough to see its soft features hardened into manliness. “But a little child, and already so great a sinner,” exclaims St. Augustine. {Tantillus Puer et tantus peccator.) Does the promise of Spring turn into Autumn-wilting so soon? My dear young man, when you first sold your soul to Satan, did you give a thought as to how inexorably Satan would exact his dues? Did you realize that your toll to him would be blood, marrow, healthy eyes, nerves, and even your very soul? What is this? Something has fallen here on my writing paper? A flower pot stands on my desk and as I write these lines, a wilted petal falls before me. For a moment I stop writing and contemplate the flower. Why has this little petal fallen off? Of course, I see; it was wilting and fading, it no longer adorned the flower; so the flower shed it. Poor little petal! And you, poor human bud, you are wilting and dying, even before you come to the fulness of bloom. You no longer adorn life, so life is discarding you.   Listen to me, now, young man, and with a composed mind strike a balance for yourself. Put on the credit side, the fleeting sensual pleasures which your self-abuse may yield, and on the debit side, everything that you will have to pay for those momentary delights — peace of soul, wasted years, ruined hopes, broken character, and perhaps, the loss of health. Yes, strike a balance between what you “enjoy” in sin, and what you “pay” in exchange for sin. Yet we have not considered the maximum of punishment. We have not reached the very abyss of depravity. What we have considered are only the consequences of the unclean sin of self-abuse.

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There are other diseases, resulting from immoral contact with the opposite sex. My dear young man, I shudder as I pen these lines, for here I must speak of the tragic fate of so many youths — a fate of which perhaps you have never heard, but which I must mention in order that you may see how one, single, careless act of yours may sweep you to destruction, and so that you may not have to curse the moment — as so many thousands have — when you first sought to obtain immoral pleasure in dens of vice among unfortunate women, or with one picked up by chance in the street. Be it known to you then, my young man, that through sexual contact with fallen girls and loose women, you can contract diseases — only one occasion is sufficient — from whose ravages your body will suffer for years, of which oftentimes you cannot be cured, which will pollute your blood, and which — if you marry — may be inherited as a dreadful patrimony by your wife — your children — your grandchildren — all your generations. They may inherit all this from you, and if they do, they will curse the memory of their fathers who left them such a legacy. Perhaps you do not realize how wide-spread these diseases are among men. According to medical findings, in almost every case, a man who sins with a debauched woman, contracts from her one kind or another of venereal disease.

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You have probably heard the name of Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the greatest painters of the world, and perhaps have seen a reproduction of one of his best works, “The Last Supper,” which is painted on the wall of the refectory of a monastery in Milan. But you have scarcely heard of the moving incident which is associated with this picture. The artist had considerable difficulty in finding a suitable model for painting the sublime face of our Lord. Then one day, in a church, he chanced to come upon a strikingly beautiful young chorister, Pietro Bandinelli, who gladly served as a model for the face of Jesus. Months came and went, until two years had passed. Again Leonardo walked the streets, out of humor, because he could not find a suitable model for Judas. He was searching for someone whose face would reflect all the evil which is expected to be portrayed in the face of Judas. At last he came across a young, but prematurely-aged man, in whose evil countenance he found the wickedness he sought. But as he led this man to his “Last Supper,” and was about to begin painting Judas’ face, great sobs suddenly shook the stranger’s frame, for he was no other than Pietro Bandinelli, who had given himself up to immorality, and in two years’ time that terrible sin had distorted the Christ face into that of a Judas. That is what happened to his body! What must have happened to his soul? Oh, if only the silent graves of cemeteries could speak: those silent graves into which the sin of immorality has prematurely thrust so many promising youthful lives. My dear young man, let us close the book for a time, and reflect with prayerful spirit upon the eternal words of the Holy Scripture, “If any man violate the temple of God, him shall God destroy. For the Temple of God is holy, which you are.” (I Cor. 3: 17.)”

~ Steven C, “The Knight of Tradition”

 

 

 

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