10.24.2007

"A Gem Among Virtues"


"How beautiful then is modesty. and what a gem among virtues it is." (St. Bernard, Confessor and Doctor of the Church).

For the last several years a serious approach to dress (shorts, low neck-lines, tight apparel, shirts with large insignia, etc.) for Mass and Church functions has waned. Some say that we should just be happy that they are there at all. But listen to what the Church says:

To say that “…modesty is a matter of custom” is just as wrong as to say that, “…honesty is a matter of custom.”
Pope Pius XII

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2521. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden…. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them…

2522. Modesty protects the mystery of persons…Modesty is decency. It inspires one's choice of clothing.

2523.There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body….Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies.