“You have prayed for patience, and I have multiplied the opportunities in which you could be patient.” God, speaking to St. Philip Neri ...Herein lie the opportunities the Lord is providing me to exercise this beautiful fruit of the Holy Spirit - Patience.
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Continuing our reflections about our make-up routines, let's chat about modesty! What does modesty mean to you? Does it just involve the clothes you wear and how you wear them? What about the things you say or do? In what ways can we improve our overall modesty?
What does it mean to be modest? Well, it for sure isn't summed up in the phrase Modest is Hottest.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately and almost turned this post from last week into my modesty post for the link up this week, but alas - I have graced you with multiple posts of my writing!
Back to modesty, I think it's about more than what we wear and how we do our make-up. Honestly, if we aren't modest in our speech, actions, spending habits, what we eat, how much we work, the amount of time we work out, watch tv, and everything else we do, then our modest dress and make-up doesn't much matter. Modest is just another form of temperance, self-control, and moderation.
Am I good at this? Truthfully, sometimes I am good - other times I fail miserably. I think I am mostly bad at modesty with everything except the dress and make-up (which I truly don't even own).
How can we improve modesty in our culture? I'm really not sure, I don't have too many words of wisdom regarding this, unfortunately. I think this is one of the virtues we don't value at all in our culture. In our culture, we want as much of stuff as we can get even more than we can afford most of the time. Have enough never seems to be enough.
Modesty is definitely the answer to the question - but how we travel down the path to get there, I'm not really sure. As individual witnesses, I think we can have an impact - so today I will continue to strive.
I receive the weekly notes from the Catholic Match Institute since my unsuccessful dabble in Online
Dating some time ago (link) and today's included the face of one of my favorite priests. A man who helped me become the Catholic woman, for better or worse, that I am today. He is doing a series of five videos for CM through Advent. The first two are below ... I encourage you to watch them and stay tuned for the next three! Fr. Ananias, OSB - what an Advent treat!
I think this question to myself a lot. I've been trying to grow in this area of virtue, but it's really difficult - as you can probably guess since the name of this blog is about patience! It doesn't take a genius to figure out that I have some trouble with this area of my Spiritual Life.
Throughout my short life I've had the blessing of avoiding major tragedies, extreme suffering, and many heart aches that my peers have experienced. I feel truly blessed that this is the case - and yet, why can't I get it through my head that being blessed is enough?
So often I forget, like at lunch today with two amazing ladies. They are wonderful women, but some of the things they struggle with are the same that I struggle with - being patient with people at work, trying to have their personal lives on track, working on their own weight issues. I only get frustrated with patience in these areas because I see these beautiful women who, in my mind, have everything put together…
Oh, so chivalrous!
Chivalry should not become a lost art and we, as women, ought to step up to the plate a bit more and encourage men to treat us as women, thereby respecting them as men. Do you have tips, ideas, or stories to encourage men to be... men?! Open doors for us, initiate dates, honor us as women, etc? Let's chat! (Thanks to Sarah Thérèse!)
My thoughts on this topic are varied and a little confusing even for me, but I will try to articulate it without sounding like I am complaining, which I am not.
I think chivalry is a lot about how it makes men and women feel, perception, and realizing we are all connected in this crazy world instead of living for ourselves. I also think chivalry is not just about men doing things for women, but human beings taking care of human beings. All that being said, here's a story to bed illustrate my thoughts.
About a month ago my friend who was recently ordained a priest drove down from wh…