What Modesty Is and Isn’t…and Why It Matters

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By John Paul Meenan, Crisis Magazine, January 9, 2019

It may seem a bit odd to speak of modesty when the weather outside is frightful—at least roundabout where I live in rural Ontario. But modesty is not just an outdoors virtue, as a trip anywhere, from the grocery store to the office staff party to the local yoga class, will demonstrate. My recent discovery of “leggings” brought to mind the subject of modesty.

With wars and rumors of wars, tumults and tsunamis, we might ask whether we should worry about modesty. But there is that warning from Fatima, and it is in small fidelities that virtue is to be found. What seems an insignificant error at first can grow into grievous vices. Our world is awash in sexual malfeasance—with all of its attendant evils, from prostitution to abortion, and a lot of that has its beginnings in a lack of modesty.

We might find it difficult to define modesty as a virtue, but we all agree—to some extent—that it should exist. Some things just should not be seen by most people. The question is all about where to draw the hem-line….Continue reading, go to:  crisismagazine.com/2019/what-modesty-is-and-isnt-and-why-it-matters