This is one of the most frequently asked questions that newcomers to OLA find as one of the most intriguing and pertinent aspects of Our Lady's messages. What defines "purity"? How far does it extend in our lives? Is it just about our actions and interactions or does it go deeper to include our food and nutrition? What about our environment and energy choices?
What are the realistic chances for being successful at achieving "purity" in this day and age?
Let's suspend our faith-based reasoning for a bit while we consider the confluence of current events in the world today:
The world is on a VERY thin edge at the present moment. Pakistan is de-stabilized and currently presents the greatest threat to regional and world peace since WWII. With a nuclear weapons program and a fractured government authority, Pakistan has become the top target for insurgent groups looking to establish a stronger base in the region. If any of them are successful in gaining control of even a portion of these weapons, it is certain they will use them as they have long proclaimed.
The screenwriter's guild is on strike in Hollywood and the media is all upset because some of our television programs have immediately gone to re-runs because nobody is available to write new material. Given what has come out of these writers the past 10 years, THIS IS NOT BAD NEWS! When it comes to "purity", the screenwriter's guild is, quite possibly, the greatest threat to success in achieving "purity" in these United States. The moral decline in what is portrayed on our televisions and movie screens begins with this core group of writers. The producers call the writer's strike "irresponsible". Now, that's the pot calling the kettle black. These are both VERY DANGEROUS GROUPS!
Food is being recalled with greater frequency. E-coli is becoming so prevalent, one begins to wonder if it hasn't been present all along and we are just getting better at detecting it. Our vegetables are losing their nutritional value due to soil depletion. We are bombarded with nutritional supplements from various experts. Meanwhile, obesity levels amongst all our age groups is growing steadily. Our children are the fastest-growing segment and are expected to not live as long as their own parents due to their level of health. This is not "purity" and it cannot be tolerated. "Honey, we're killing the kids!"
Oil and gas prices are shooting up again. China is now using more energy than the USA and world prices are reflecting it. Pollution levels are shooting up too. Whether or not you believe in Al Gore's rhetoric concerning Global Warming, the facts regarding energy use and consumption are indisputable. WE MUST LOOK TO CONSERVE CURRENT USE AND EMPLOY NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. Turn down your thermostat by 2 degrees and save 10% on your heating bills. Wash your clothes in cold water (let the detergent do the work) and save even more. Plan your errands or ask a neighbor to grab the few items you need from the store. I remember neighbors stopping by when I was young and saying to my parents "I'm going into town. Do you need anything while I'm there?" You don't hear this much anymore.
If one who just arrived on this planet were to examine the confluence of these various dilemmas from an entirely analytical perspective, they would easily discern that earthlings are in a big heap of trouble and their continuance of these same practices would be described as "willful self-destructive behavior". They do not change because they sense no hope. Hope is there, but it lies in working to achieve "purity" as OLA has asked.
With faithful eyes, we can see that OLA's message has come at a time most pertinent. As Fatima gave warning and remedy for the world situation in 1917, so has OLA's Rome City messages given warning and remedy for the current world situation.
We must work to make our lives "pure" on every level, not just on the interior. By striving for "purity" as individuals we will naturally draw others with us as we move through our daily lives. "Purity" may be seen as nonsensical to many, but to others, it is quite attractive and empowering. Do not let the first group distract you from your mission to lead the world by the "purity" of your life. Our survival may depend on it.