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Part Three

by

purity of vision,

external and internal; by discipline of feelings

and imagination; by refusing all complicity in impure thoughts

that incline us to turn aside from the path of God’s commandments:

“Appearance arouses yearning in fools”;

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by

prayer

:

I thought that continence arose from one’s own powers,

which I did not recognize in myself. I was foolish enough

not to know . . . that no one can be continent unless you grant

it. For youwould surely have granted it if my inner groaning

had reached your ears and I with firm faith had cast my cares

on you.

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Purity requires

modesty,

an integral part of temperance.

Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refus­

ing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity

to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at

others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of

persons and their solidarity.

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Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It

encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it re­

quires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commit­

ment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is

decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing. It keeps silence or

reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is

discreet.

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There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body. It

protests, for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human

body in certain advertisements, or against the solicitations of certain media

that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires a way

of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the

pressures of prevailing ideologies.

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The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another.

Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual

dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of

being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means

awakening in them respect for the human person.

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Wis

15:5.

315 St. Augustine,

Conf.

6, 11, 20: PL 32, 729-730.

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