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169. Modesty in Dress

1. St. Ambrose (De Offic. i 19) says that thebody should be clad and adorned appropriately, unaffectedly,simply; not in an overnice fashion, nor with costly and dazzlingapparel. Modesty has a place in regulating the attire. In dress, asin all outward things, there is a reasonable and decent norm. Dressshould not conflict too gaudily with established custom, providedthe custom itself is decent. Nor should dress too largely absorb aperson's interest and attention, for excessive pleasure indress is vainglory. On the other hand, a person offends modesty byslovenliness in dress, and by negligence, and by want ofcleanliness. A person also offends by seeking the reputation of onewho is wholly unconcerned with such things as his appearance andattire; thus a man makes his very negligence a matter ofvainglory.

2. Modesty in dress is particularly important for women.For a woman's attire may incite a man to lust, whereas it isquite unlikely that a man's dress should be any incitement to awoman. In point of dress and adornment, a married woman shouldstrive, within the bounds of decency, dignity, and modesty, toplease her husband. Unmarried women should avoid all that can becalled lewd or extreme. For the rest, neither woman nor man shoulddress for mere frivolity, vanity, or display.

"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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