Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity,
there is no greater danger than not fearing danger.
When a person puts himself in an occasion of sin,
saying, "I shall not fall," it is almost an infallible sign that he will fall,
and with great injury to his soul.
We must specifically and regularly pray for God's assistance
and not rely on our own strength.
– St. Phillip Neri
I want to thank those moms who persist in encouraging chastity education in your homes and communities. But let us not forget what St. Phillip Neri refers above speaks to us as well. In order to pass on purity to our children and model it for other women, we MUST first practice it ourselves. Have I contributed to impure jokes? Have I entertained images, TV, magazines, thoughts? How do I dress? Do I take care to dress modestly, not drawing the wrong attention? Do I communicate modesty to my children?
In our American culture we have been desensitized to unchaste fashions. I encourage all of us to look again at our wardrobes and ask ourselves what is cut too low, what is too tight, what may entice other men other than my husband.
I read recently a quote from a teen boy speaking to teen girls. He told them that the way they dress will attack that type of guy. I have told my kids that sadly we are walking ads. What we wear, what we say, where we go all sends messages to those who see us.