Dressing for Blessing

There’s that apocryphal story of Thomas Aquinas’s family sending a naked prostitute into his room to dissuade him from becoming a Dominican. The Angelic Doctor was unmoved, so the tale goes. Messengers from heaven dressed him for lack of sexual excess. Summa was saved.

In a discussion that will likely outlast the moon , it continues at the WaPo here. Sharon Hodde Miller, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School grad student, takes aim at the “modest is hottest” campaign:

Modesty is an orientation of the heart, first and foremost. It begins with putting God first. To look at an outfit and say if it’s modest or immodest, I’m not sure you can do that.

Other stories in the piece linked continue that theme.

In Catholic parishes, it remains an underground stream beneath the nave, bubbling up every so often. People keep dressing casual, and nothing changes, except the larger current of pop culture.

Guilty, indulgent men will always find an excuse. If it’s not shoulders, it might be bare arms. Covered no-hose legs got the thumbs down from one woman interviewed.

I know I’ve covered this territory on this site before. Men need to man up on this point. Distractions and temptations are our own responsibility. It’s that simple. If a woman’s shoulders, necklines, or hair or legs are a problem, it’s up to us to cover ourselves–not women–and do the same as what we do at the beach or at the movies.

Personally, I like the cultural styles of Asia. But I’m sure that’s lensed through movies I see–not like that’s real life or anything.

Meanwhile, I’m going to try to stay focused on an attractive woman’s eyes. Like that’s really an avoidance of temptation.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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