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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.

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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