In the Catholic paper “Operation Understanding”, a young teenager asked the question, what is considered a modest covering in swim wear and dress wear for boys and girls of high school age by their church? The editor of the column, Father Gonrov, began the answer by saying that modesty is not an end in itself, but a means to an end. It is the preserving of one’s charm for the’ one he or she is to marry. And if a person does not marry this charm goes back to God who gave it in the first place.
Father Conroy brings out a very true and worthwhile point, but I feel that another aspect concerning the question on modesty should be shown. Consider Romans 12:2, “And be ye not conformed (or fashioned according) to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The trend of modern day society is to progress, forget past rules and regulations, and live for the present and the future. Yes, two- piece swimming suits are “in” and so are miniskirts and hip huggers. But where are these modern fashions formed? Of course the answer is that it is the work of the world. The verse I quoted states, “Be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” It commands us to separate from the world, not by becoming hermits in a woods far north, but separating in the sense that we as Christians should be able to let the world know’ that we are different both by our dress and by our walk.