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Warmer Weather Requires a Chat About Modesty

ModestyWell, even in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they must be wearing summer clothes, by now. At least I hope everyone has tucked away the sweaters and brought out lighter clothing. With the warmer weather, here in North Carolina, I see lots of tank tops and short shorts. In my humble opinion, that’s okay if you’re running errands around town or attending a picnic. But, when I see such attire at Sunday Mass, well, I give a double-take. I try not to judge the person, but I must admit that I question the prudence of the choice of attire. Modesty seems to be lacking.

When I see such skimpy attire at Mass, I wonder what the person thinks of God. Does she realize who she is coming to see? Does God’s opinion of her matter to her? Then, I wonder what the person thinks of herself. Does she feel the need to make a statement? “Notice me, at all costs!” My mind then drifts to ponder if she dresses like that all the time. How much self-esteem does she lack?

As you can see, how we present ourselves, in front of God and others, makes an impression on God and others. The question is, what type of impression are you trying to make by your choice of clothing?

God gave each of us sexuality. Yet, He meant for sexual enticements to be shared privately, between spouses. He didn’t give it to us so that we could flaunt it overtly. When we wear provocative clothing (tight jeans, low cut shirts, short shorts, etc.), we diminish our own dignity and disrespect others.

What Modesty is All About

When we dress with modesty, we proclaim to all a high level of self-esteem. We cherish our sexuality, and reserve it for our one true love. Rather than wearing provocative clothing which sends a message of impurity, we dress with modesty, sending a message to all that we value and treasure ourselves. We proclaim to all that we expect respect.

So, the next time you attend Mass, please leave the short shorts and tank tops at home and put on clothing worthy of God and of yourself.

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2 Responses to Warmer Weather Requires a Chat About Modesty

  • Hi Virginia, It was a terrific post. But I think that tank tops and short shorts are also improper for “errands around town and picnics”, too. God expects us to be modest in dress all the time, not just in church. I once heard a Christian man say that he wished women did not dress immodestly because it bothered him that they were leading men into temptation. You can dress fashionably and comfortably in hot weather–for instance wearing long skirts past the knee and short-sleeved tops. And if you do wear slacks, they shouldn’t be tight. One priest in town has a sign in front of the church entrance telling which immodest types of clothing are unacceptable. That should be the case in everyday life outside of church, too. We should respect God and others all of the time.

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