The Importance of Dressing Modestly ...

St. Paul

“... the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury... But the fruit of the Spirit is charity... modesty, continency, chastity” (Gal 5:19,22-23); and “I will therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up pure hands, without anger and contention. In like manner women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire, but as it becometh women professing godliness, with good works” (1Tim 2:8-10).


Pope Pius XII

“... modesty foresees threatening danger, forbids us to expose ourselves to risks, demands the avoidance of those occasions which the imprudent do not shun. It does not like impure or loose talk, it shrinks from the slightest immodesty, it carefully avoids suspect familiarity with persons of the other sex, since it brings the soul to show due reverence to the body, as being a member of Christ and the temple of the Holy Ghost. He who possesses the treasure of Christian modesty abominates every sin of impurity and instantly flees whenever he is tempted by its seductions” (Sacra Virginitas, no. 58).


“There is nothing wrong in being fashionable.  God does not require us to ignore the dictates of fashion so that we look grotesque!  But, fashion can never be the supreme rule of conduct.  There is a limit beyond which fashion can bring about the ruin of a soul.”


When dressing for Holy Mass or any sacred event in the church, keep in mind that we come to this sacred place to adore and worship our Savior, Who comes to us in His very flesh. Each Sunday we genuflect at the point in the Creed where we profess the Son of God “became flesh by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary”; the priest genuflects in adoration immediately after consecrating the Host; we genuflect again in the Last Gospel at the passage: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”  Clearly, we come to Sunday Mass to adore the hallowed FLESH of the Savior.  On the other hand, people do not come to Mass to see our flesh.  Those attending Holy Mass, therefore, are asked to cover their flesh adequately so as not to offend God and distract others from their fruitful adoration and reception of the Body of Christ.  One can certainly dress comfortably without violating modesty.  Please be so kind as to review and embrace the following guidelines of modesty at Our Lady of Lourdes. May God reward you!

To dress becomingly for God and neighbor, and in keeping with the reverence due to the Blessed Sacrament, kindly refrain from wearing shorts, tee-shirts, tank-tops, revealing blouses, sleeveless or backless dresses, or form-fitting clothing of any sort. Please wear dresses and skirts fall below the knee when sitting even with leggings. With due regard to time and circumstance, all are encouraged to wear decorous attire befitting sacred and divine worship.

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