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Modesty: Why The Little Things Matter

When it comes to modesty, it’s common place to hear the excuse that as long as you’re not meaning to be suggestive, it doesn’t matter. Granted, many people who dress immodest don’t have suggestive intentions. This is common especially within the athletics, where modesty gives way to functionality.

For athletics, tight clothing provides more efficient body movement, which leads to better performance – or so we’re told. How should women stay cool while exercising outdoors in hot weather? Wear short, tight shorts and sports bra – no covering. Need to improve your running time? Wear a bikini-type running outfit. Many people who fall for this think that because they’re doing it for functionality, it’s ok. Furthermore, many people fall into the trap of thinking that it’s such a small thing and not a big deal that it doesn’t really matter in the end.

However, a vice is a vice regardless of intention. Furthermore, the little things do matter to the overall health of the soul.  

The Slippery Slope

The slippery slope is a common phrase used in regards to arguments. However, it’s just as valid when used for vices, imperfections, and sin. It’s always difficult to make the distinction between venial sins and imperfections. Oftentimes, that distinction does indeed come down to intention. However, in examining the conscience – either before confession or as good practice – we’re taught that it’s important to be aware of these imperfections.

Imperfections and vices are simple dispositions of the soul and often habitual. Imperfections, if left unaddressed, can lead to venial sin and even to mortal. For example, not trying to grow spiritually and in virtue may not be a sin. However, if left unaddressed, it could lead to rationalizing away a sin – like dressing immodest.

We Are Called To Grown In Virtue, Not Just Avoid Sin

When we don’t grow in virtue, it becomes unimportant to us. This means that we’re more likely rationalize dressing immodestly because of practicality or functionality. It could also mean making the excuse that because it’s too hard to find modest clothes, we’re forced to dress immodestly. However, Christ told us that the road to Heaven is not easy. Furthermore, He taught us that we should be doing everything for the Glory of God. This means that even the small things matter. Remember the story of the impoverished widow’s coins (Luke Ch. 15, Mark Ch. 12). This story has many levels of meaning. However, it also means that despite the small action, it was a great action done for the glory of God.

Modesty May Seem Small, But It’s For The Glory Of God

Going above and beyond to find modest clothing or giving up possible athletic performance may not seem to matter. It may even seem small compared to greater sins against the virtue of chastity – such as intentionally causing others to lust or living unchastely. However, without growing in virtue, it becomes easier to sin – as the old adages go: the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and it’s a long, slow and gradual path. We’re called not just to avoid sin, but to grow in virtue for the glory of God. As Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa of Calcutta, aptly said: “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love”; and “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies”.

Darla Wainscott

Darla is the Founder and President of Put On Christ® , Apparel and Accessories. As the company's trademarked tag line states, Darla is "Making Faith Fashionable®," by trailblazing this unique boutique brand since it was unveiled during World Meeting of Families in September of 2015. She created Put On Christ® after feeling certain that the Blessed Mother was calling her to get to know her Son better and to share Him with the world in a very relevant way. The athleisure market is the fastest growing segment of the clothing industry and Darla made a bold decision to carve out a segment of this market for Christians wanting an alternative to traditional "big box" manufacturers. With an accent on modesty, all Put On Christ® products are manufactured in USA. With its exclusive trademarked Christian logo adorned on each product designed to take you from errands to exercise, there is no other company in the nation like Put On Christ®. Under the patronage of Saints Teresa of Avila and Ignatius and consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Darla hopes to strengthen each customer's relationship with Christ in their everyday living. Her company prays daily for each customer and for every person who visits the Put On Christ® website or engages with the company on any of the five most popular social media channels. Darla invites you to follow the Put On Christ® team on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest.

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