by John C. PREISS
Our society today is so different and continues to change in so many directions. The way men and women dress in public is so disturbing. The lack of dignity and grace is appalling. I recently viewed a phot from the early 1900’s from the beach and it was amazing to see the dignity and modesty in dress. Our society continues to steep lower into a Godless approach when it comes to the way we look. The individualistic attitude is really showing it roots and it’s not good. When we decide to wear something we should always ask ourselves the question, “Will this bring me and others to holiness?” I want to encourage you to live this out in your daily lives. I know it is difficult, especially for women.
This is an excerpt from Sister Lucia:
“Then Yahweh God (..) to the man he said ‘Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree from which I had forbidden you to eat (..) accursed be the soil because of you (..) It shall yield you brambles and thistles (..) With sweat on your brow shall you eat your bread, until you return to the soil, as you were taken from it. For dust you are and dust you shall return.’ Yahweh God made cloths out of skins for the man and his wife, and they put them on (Gen2,16-17; 3,6-21).
This sacred text shows us the God covered the bodies that had stripped themselves, through sin, of the garment of grace. For this reason, we must all clothe ourselves decently, modestly and with dignity. Those who appear indecently dressed are an incentive to sin, and so are responsible not only for their own sins but also for those that others may commit because of them. Reflect that fashion, if it is indecent- and we see that the world unfortunately follows it as if it were a law- is a trick of the devil, a clever trap in which the devil catches souls, in the same way as hunters catch game in the woods and fields.
God did not give us clothing as an adornment in order to feed our human vanity and frivolity. No! He gave it to us as a protection against sin, as a sign of penance for sin committed, as a punishment for it, as well as to remind us of the laws of God which we are all obliged to obey.”
May Our Lady help you to live daily a life that reflects her Son Jesus, God Bless you!