Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Fruits of the Spirit: Modesty and Chastity

on December 24, 2008

We talked about modesty and chastity on two separate nights, but they are so similar, I’m just going to do one post about both of them.

Having talked about modesty at a life night not that long ago, the girls were fairly familiar with the topic.

The most interesting part of these weeks were some quotes I found about modesty:

“Modesty is important because it is the fort that protects the castle, but it is also the frame that

enhances the picture.”

The girls liked that one, but the one we all liked best comes from a saint:

“You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment. … When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body but the soul. And it is not to enemies you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but out of foolish vanity and pride.” – St. John Chrysostom

We talked for a long time about how when we dress immodestly and lead others to sin, we are at fault just as much, if not more, then they are. At St. John points out, no one jails the one who drank the poison, but the one who poisoned the drink.
We also discussed this passage from Sirach:
A man’s attire, his hearty laughter and his gait, proclaim him for what he is.
Carrie delighted the girls by demonstrating proper “gait.”
We also had some discussions on what to do when friends and sisters dress immodestly.
Two great weeks and they provided such a good setup for next semester.



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