Modesty: More Than Meets The Eye

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“Modesty is more than a fashion statement, it’s a daily decision to dress like the child of God you are…”

In order for one to dress in a spirit of modesty, we must first understand why. Why should I care about what I wear and how I wear it?

When we hear the word modesty, more often than not we immediately think of clothing or sometimes the lack of clothing that some wear. It is true that clothing is a big factor in the meaning of modesty, but it’s not the only thing. It’s mainly about realizing and understanding the dignity of us as a person, and those we are in contact with. It’s about understanding our worth and dignity as a child of God. Modesty calls us to live a life of virtue.

Why a life of virtue? Because what’s the point of dressing in a way that honors God’s creation if our speech, our conduct and the way we interact with others is not as virtuous? Basically you become your own worst enemy. Yes, you are dressing honorably but at the same time speaking in a foul language. Or it could be that you dress in a way that brings dignity to the human person, but at the same time you are conversing and acting around young men in a way that doesn’t portray any virtue. You see, modesty involves more than just clothing. Modest dress is simply an outpouring of your pure and modest heart.

“How beautiful then is modesty
and what a gem among virtues it is.”
-St. Bernard

Modesty encompasses the entire person, not just the outer fashion sense. True modesty brings dignity and worth to the person, because we recognize the person as one with both a body and a soul. We acknowledge that we were created by God in HIS image and we have a responsibility to carry and present ourselves in a way that is pleasing to God.

Modest clothing is actually more revealing because it shows the dignity of the human body through both clothing and most importantly by how we act and carry ourselves in that clothing. We should never present ourselves in such a way that lowers our dignity and projects a message that others can or should desire to use us. We are not objects but rather subjects with a soul.

A modestly dressed woman has a mystery about her as well as a sense of humility, dignity and confidence because she doesn’t need to lower herself to the standards of the world. Rather, she makes the world stop and look up to what the standards should be.

Women of today need to set the bar for the men. Because if we set the bar so low, by the way we dress and conduct ourselves, then the men aren’t going to step up and be the Godly knight they are called to be.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
-1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Grace Hincapie

Grace Hincapie

Grace Hincapie is a freshman at Benedictine College, where she is majoring in Mass Communications and Theology. She shares her love for faith, fashion and authentic femininity on her blog, Some of her heavenly BFFs include St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Paul the Great, and St. Teresa of the Andes. She is a lover of praise n' worship music, Pinterest, and iced coffee.

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    This article doesn’t mention it,
    but last Sunday, the “Go Topless Pride Parade” was held in New
    York City, exhorting women to go with nothing covering their breasts
    on public streets. It was rather reminiscent of the parade in
    London, the day after the Supreme Court spat in the face of God, man
    and decency by declaring that homosexuality is not a manifestation of
    deep mental disease and that it should be allowed to define
    civilization according to its whim, in which one homosexual carried a
    flag emblazoned with silhouette depictions of rectal penetration
    devices. On a public street. For everyone, including children, to
    see. But this seems to express a nature of homosexuality. They want
    kids to become sexually active early. It makes them easier to rape.
    The topless parade in New York City seems geared for the same

    What may not be known, women have
    been allowed to walk around in New York City half naked since 1992.
    Remember, 1993 was the year it was reported a bomb went off in the
    basement of the World Trade Center. God makes His disapproval known.
    How many incidents, from the massive outbreaks of salmonella, to the
    diseases appearing from the nothingness, to the rash of mass murders
    to the depraving of the weather aren’t linked to some malignance by
    some people?

    A point to mention. A number of
    photographs associated with the parade have people carrying
    references to “rights”. This demonstrates a nature of so many
    purported “rights” groups. It’s become ubiquitous now, someone
    wants something, even if on a whim, and, suddenly, they have an
    inalienable right, in their words, to have it. They just apply the
    word “rights” to anything. This only demonstrates how at least
    potentially perverted calls for “rights” to marijuana, homosexual
    “marriage” and abortion by craven whim are. Just malignant whims
    that foul types want that they have claimed are “rights”!

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