Saturday, July 27, 2013

Modesty and Identity

"Of course I know that the enemy also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way.  Remember, always, that He really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctiveness of every one of them.  When He talks of their loosing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamor of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.  Hence, while He is delighted to see them sacrificing even their innocent wills to His, He hates to see them drifting away from their own nature for any other reason.  And we should always encourage them to do so."
-C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus receive Holy Communion.

Modesty identifies a woman as...being herself.

Modesty is a virtue very important for a true Catholic lady.  It is naturally very charming to behold in a woman.  In order to attain modesty, a lady must first empty herself of all that is selfish.  But this does not mean giving up her identity.  By giving God all that is selfish and wrong, He gives back those things that are natural or unique to her nature, character, and temperament.  In this way, modesty identifies a Catholic Lady both personally and publicly.

Modesty should be part of every woman's identity.

Do you agree?
"Let your modesty be a sufficient incitement, yea, an exhortation to everyone, to be at peace on their merely looking at you."
-St. Ignatius of Loyola


  1. "Modesty should be part of every woman's identity"...
    Very true!

  2. Yes, I agree. I will work to memorize the quote from St. Ignatius. I believe it to be very true. What a wonderful way to think of how one presents oneself. Thank you!


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