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Sexual modesty and natural law


Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Why is it important? How is it relevant to me? Modesty is a virtue necessary for purity. It flows out of the virtues of temperance, chastity, and self-control.

A modest person dresses, speaks, and acts in a manner that supports and encourages purity and chastity, and not in as manner that Sexual modesty and natural law tempt or encourage sinful sexual behavior. Modesty protects the mystery of the person in order to avoid exploiting the other. This attitude instills in us the patience and reserve we need for avoiding unbecoming behavior. Modest relationships reflect the connection between the marital state and sexual behavior.

Modest behavior respects the boundaries of intimacy that are imbedded in our natures by the natural law and the principles of sexual behavior laid out in Divine Revelation. Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love.

It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity.

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We need to maintain the concern for chaste living prayerfully in our hearts. Faith is the proper foundation in the quest for a clean heart.

Growth in modesty requires loving support from family and friends as well as wise counsel and the practice of virtues. The attitude of modesty is difficult to maintain "Sexual modesty and natural law" a culture that prizes sexual permissiveness.

Countless appeals for erotic satisfaction assail us daily from all the major forms of communication. Those who have accepted the approach of the Sexual modesty and natural law culture have been persuaded that freedom is the right to do what we want to do, not what we should do. Difficult as it was, the first preachers prevailed over the allurements of the culture, won numerous converts, and encouraged the virtue of modesty.

The Church calls us to be signs of contradiction in an overly eroticized society. All members of the Church should respond to the immodest aspects of society and culture with a deep and conscious spirituality. The Gospel can renew and purify what is decadent in our culture and gradually can displace the attraction of sin. This approach fosters virtue in the human heart and its development through the grace of the Holy Spirit.

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