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 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 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 53 – Marriage! The Virtue of Purity
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, January 2016

Extraordinary Statement

The second chapter of the Book of Genesis ends with an extraordinary statement. It is extraordinary for several reasons. On account of its simplicity, on account of its subject matter, on account of its profundity and, on account of the fact that in today’s world it is easily overlooked and misunderstood. Here is that statement.

“And they were both naked: to wit, Adam and his wife: and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25)

So What?

Many will say “so they were in their nudes, what’s the big deal?” It is chapter 3 of Genesis, which tells us of the fall of Adam, that will give us the key to understanding this extraordinary statement.… Read the rest

Article 23 – Marriage! Virginity a higher calling
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God provides the Grace.

The 2014 Synod on the Family was a very exciting event which has an important bearing on marriage as seen through the eyes of the Church’s magisterium. Several people whom I was in contact with during the synod were very worried about the possible outcomes of the synod, given that, certain seemingly heretical positions were in the ascendency and seemed to have the backing of a large number of bishops and even cardinals. My general response to these people was, that God always provides us with sufficient grace to become holy, that is, to become saints. If we do not become saints by the time our earthly course is run, we most certainly cannot blame God, we cannot blame the Pope, we cannot blame bad bishops, bad parents or bad governments.Read the rest