So has the fruit spoiled on the vine? Silly question to ask on a Monday morning, eh. I ask that because the fruit of the Holy Spirit that is next on the list is Modesty. First let me give you what is in our Catechism of the Catholic Church defining modesty.
2521. Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity.
2522. Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires ones choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet. (italics CM)
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.
Purity, temperance, discreet, resisting the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies. So again, I ask, has this fruit gone bad on the vine? Do a google search on Modesty and the Blessed Virgin Mary and sit back and watch the firestorm. Here is one brief example…The Forgotten Virtue – Modesty in Dress
Brief may not have been the best word to use here but as you can see, the topic of Modesty on line is really dedicated to clothing and for the most part, women’s clothing. Some of the biggest arguments in our house (and I’m willing to be in a lot of other houses) is this subject. You all know of what I speak so I don’t want to spend a lot time talking giving examples of something we are all familiar. Let me just say this to that.
First, I feel for women/girls whose wish is to be modest in this day and age. Unfortunately, that look doesn’t sell, so it is hard for them to purchase clothing that is modest in nature. My girls are weary of me on this subject. They’ll come home from the store thinking they’ve been diligent in buying something modest and I’ll look at them and say…Ain’t no way in H… that your wearing that. And then the argument begins again.
Second, it isn’t just the women who need to work on their modesty. I think we men have become just as lax when it comes to our clothing – especially what is worn to Church. It wasn’t that long ago, a gentleman could be spotted just about anywhere, any day and in any weather, but especially at Mass, with dress slacks, tie, sports coat and hat – that was the norm. The norm now is jeans, shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops – just about anywhere for any occasion.
I guess my point in all of this is that we can spend a little more time working on that fruit that is seemingly going bad on the vine – Modesty. Spend a little time reflecting on the Catechism’s posted above. Go on line and read some articles about Modesty. And as always…
Do something great for our Lord today.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus, I trust in You.