Article 80 – The Virtue of Modesty
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Marriage! The Virtue of Modesty

Few Catholics understand Modesty

I find that when dealing with the subject of modesty, particularly in regard to how one dresses, very few Catholics seem to understand either the true nature of modesty or the importance of this virtue. It is a very sensitive subject particularly for women, because it is always personal, dealing as it does with how we dress, how we choose to present ourselves and with how we would like others to see us. This is why some people get upset whenever this issue is raised.

Pitfalls to be Avoided

In coming to an understanding of the importance of modesty there are a couple of pitfalls that must be avoided.Read the rest

Article 76 – Advent – Modesty – Preparation
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The Season of Advent

As we enter the season of Advent, where we look forward not only to the coming of Christ’s birthday, but also to His second coming, we are reminded that this is a time of preparation. Primarily, preparation of our souls so that we are ready to meet Christ if he should choose to come at this time and so that we are in a state of perpetual readiness for our own death. I tell my children that it doesn’t matter how they die, or when they die, or where they die, or what they die of. The only thing that matters is that they are in a state of grace when that moment arrives as it inevitably will for all of us.… Read the rest

Immodesty – the doorway to contraception?
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I attended the first Holy Communion recently of a daughter of one of our fellow homeschooling families here in Ireland in a neighbouring parish.  Catholic homeschooling families are quite rare in Ireland.  The priest who celebrated Mass was one of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross and afterwards we got to talking about marriage and family.  The subject of contraception came up, as it usually does, and the priest wondered if immodesty was the main issue that led to contraceptive use.  I gave him a link to this website explaining that I have been writing about the importance of modesty in my recent articles.… Read the rest

Article 65 – Marriage and Fashion
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, July 2016

Latin Union of High Fashion

I want to finish off this look at modesty by returning to Pope Pius XII’s address to the Latin Union of High Fashion of November 1957. That the Pope agreed to address this group shows us that modesty and fashion are not mutually exclusive ideas in Catholic thought. The portrayal of modesty as frumpy and old maidish is another lie of the devil which is used to steer people, particularly women, away from modest dress. Let us not allow ourselves to be fooled by these deceitful tactics of the enemy.… Read the rest

Article 64 – Marriage! Modesty, Essential to Chastity
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, June 2016

Modesty Guards Purity and Chastity

In my last article I returned once again to the subject of modesty. Perhaps there are some readers who wonder why I am spending so much time on this particular matter. The reason is simple. Modesty is the guardian of the gateway to chastity and purity. Without modesty; purity and chastity will be virtually impossible. Without purity and chastity, marriages will be defiled.

Jesus the King of Love

Yesterday, I picked up one of my beloved books, ‘Jesus the King of Love’ by Fr Mateo Crawley-Boevey. This is the book dedicated to the enthronement of the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the King of family homes.… Read the rest

Article 61 – The Importance of Modesty
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, May 2016

The Popes on Modesty

In order to see how important the virtue of modesty is, and to see just how deplorable the sin of immodesty is, let us look to what some of the Popes have said on this subject. On January 6th 1921, Pope Benedict XV, issued an encyclical letter called ‘Sacra Propediem’ on the Third Order of St Francis. In it he identifies two dangerous passions that affect people

Pope Benedict XV

“Now there are two passions today dominant in the profound lawlessness of morals – an unlimited desire of riches and an insatiable thirst for pleasures.… Read the rest

Article 60 – Marriage! Purity requires Modesty
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, April 2016

The Church Speaks on Modesty

So, what does the Church say to women regarding modesty? Are there any official guidelines concerning dress and what can and cannot be worn? Has She anything to say about fashion? The Church, being a good mother, has of course dealt with the question of modesty.

Let us look first to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism deals with the subject of modesty, in section two under the Ninth commandment, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife”. It then speaks of purification of the heart quoting the sixth beatitude “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” and goes on to talk of the ‘battle for purity’ reminding us that after baptism we must struggle against ‘concupiscence of the flesh and disordered desires’.… Read the rest

Article 59 – Marriage! Modesty and Vocations
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, April 2016

I do not belong to the Fashion Police or the Modesty Squad

I have had some interesting responses to my last article whereby I indicated that I intended to take the risk of escalating the war between the sexes by dealing with the issue of modesty in the context of Catholic church teaching. In all of these responses, the people who responded mentioned how they themselves dress. And so I need to make a clear statement in response to this.

I do not belong to the fashion police! I do not belong to the modesty squad!… Read the rest

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