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Modesty in Church
What you wear says something about what you believe.
The following piece was written for Catholic Answers.
Today is National Beach Day, at which time corporate America will likely fill most of our social media feeds with pictures of scantily clad beachgoers. What we wear on beaches has gradually become more revealing as the decades have gone by, with plenty of female attire now being less concealing than the underwear worn below their regular clothing.
It’s tragic, because the people who dress in such a way to attract the attention of the opposite sex do so while effacing their own dignity. To dress modestly is, in the words of Josef Pieper, a habit of “selfless self-preservation,” which is a demonstration of self-respect that is rightly grounded on the appreciation of one’s body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
The modern age tends to regard modesty as something of an antiquated notion, as if it were an ancient custom specifically commanding the dress codes of women for the benefit of men. That’s horribly reversed. Modest attire is for the benefit of the person who wears it. It denotes a person’s value, asserts her dignity as something worthy of protection, and prevents her reduction into a display piece for the benefit of strangers.
Continue reading the whole article at Catholic Answers. This article was written for a Catholic audience, but other Christians may find it interesting too. Catholic Answers doesn’t accept comments, but I always welcome them below.