Hi! My name is Shanna and I am officially a co-writer for Just a Handmaiden! I haven’t always been drawn to modesty, in fact, I’ve lived on the opposite side of faith, opposed to modesty (is this an okay switch) for large portion of my life. When I had my reversion to the Catholic faith, I knew Jesus was asking me to change many aspects of my life to reflect His love. The last thing I regarded was the way I was dressing. Finally, through the undeserved grace Jesus offers, I was brought to the truth that my body was not mine. It was a gift from the Father.
Dressing modest came after knowing my worth as being loved by a Father. It became my statement to the world, that something was different, and that my fashion is going to be a silent communicator of what my heart was certain of: my body is a great mystery, not to be used or longed after in an impure way, but to be honored for that which it is.I am so drawn to the virtue of modesty in dress because I believe Satan is attacking the Church so cunningly, trying to turn a virtue into a vice. He is stripping women of the most valuable and treasured gift we have, our femininity. Modesty in dress not only protects our souls, but veils what is beautiful; the sanctuary of our body. Jesus says we are wonderfully made in His holy Word, therefore, it makes complete sense why Satan wants us to dress in a way that does not affirm that truth.
There’s so much pressure in our culture’s eyes to draw attention to our body as if it is the best thing we can offer.
There’s so much pressure in our culture’s eyes to draw attention to our body as if it is the best thing we can offer. Immodesty has been desensitized in our world. From my experience in not dressing modest to now dressing modest I found a transformation in my experience with the people around me. I began to be honored in ways I wasn’t in the past, got compliments on my style, no longer felt I was in a competition with my sisters in Christ, and it helped me grow in charity with myself and with neighbors. It has been a total darkness to light experience and the fruits have been so abundant.This virtue is often trampled on in the culture we live in, gets negative connotations and associations with its meaning. It is very countercultural to be so passionate about respecting your body. I have fought and have been defeated by the empty lies of impurity, but living in the truth has set me free to love and share the goodness and mercy Christ has to offer each one of us.
The good of our soul is more important than the good of our body. Modesty unites both the good of our soul and the good of our body to glorify the Father who is the giver of the gift.
Every day I get up and choose clothes that are going to help grow my faith and my identity. It is an every day choice we get to participate in. I want people to look at me in a holistic way, and see part of who God is. The good of our soul is more important than the good of our body. Modesty unites both the good of our soul and the good of our body to glorify the Father who is the giver of the gift.
As women, we have the ability to evangelize through how we dress. We are a walking witness everyday when we choose to honor ourselves. Women desire authentic love. Women long to know their worth. Women need our yes to help them live theirs.