St. Ambrose on Modesty

  ‘Is anything so conducive to lust as with unseemly movements thus to expose in nakedness those parts of the body which either nature has hidden or custom has veiled, to sport with the looks, to turn the neck, to loosen the hair? Fitly was the next step an offense against God. For what modesty…

Purity Excerpts – St. Francis de Sales

‘Be neat, Philothea; let nothing be negligent about you. It is a kind of contempt of those with whom we converse, to frequent their company in uncomely apparel; but, at the same time, avoid all affectation, vanity, curiosity, or levity in your dress. Keep yourself always, as much as possible, on the side of plainness…

Modesty of the Eyes – St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

‘Turn away your eyes lest they behold vanity; (cf. Ps. 119:37) for license causes souls to perish.’ St. Poemen Extracts from, ‘The True Spouse of Jesus Christ’ by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori Almost all our rebellious passions spring from unguarded looks; for, generally speaking, it is by the sight that all inordinate affections and…

St. Jerome on Dressing Well

‘Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? The tongue talks of chastity, but the whole body reveals impurity.’

The Summa: Modesty – St. Thomas Aquinas

See: Question 160. Modesty Question 169. Modesty in the outward apparel Question 168. Modesty as consisting in the outward movements of the body Question 170. The precepts of temperance

Adultery ‘in the heart’ – St. John Paul II

“Adultery ‘in the heart’ is committed not only because man ‘looks’ in this way at a woman who is not his wife, but precisely because he looks at a woman in this way. Even if he looked in this way at the woman who is his wife, he could likewise commit adultery ‘in his heart.’…

Temples of God – Ven. Fulton J. Sheen

“What does grace do to our human nature? First of all, it makes the body a temple of God. That is one of the reasons for purity. What is a temple? A temple is a place where God dwells. Remember when Jesus went into the temple of Jerusalem and the Pharisees asked for a sign,…

Holy Purity – St. Josemaria Escriva

“The Way > Holy purity > Chap. 4″ 118 Holy purity is given by God when it is asked for with humility. 119 How beautiful is holy purity I But it is not holy, nor pleasing to God, if we separate it from charity. Charity is the seed that will grow and yield rich fruit under the fertile rain…

St. Alphonsus on Scandal & Modesty

A mortal sin of scandal committed by women that go with them shamelessly exposed breast, or that expose their members incorrectly.  Also by the actors in lewd comedies , and more par people who make up these comedies ; also by painters who paint obscene images or like, and by the heads of families who keep these photos in their homes . The father who speaks obscene or blasphemous saints in…