Re: Modesty in Dress


“Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.”

Our Lady of Fatima to Blessed Jacinta, 1920

Advent 2009

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

Attached is a new booklet titled, Our Lady of Fatima Stressed ... Modesty in Dress. With today’s secular attitude, this is generally not a welcome subject.

Nonetheless, it is so important that Our Lady felt the need to specifically address this issue in 1920 before the actual danger descended upon us. She was referring to the future — to today. She was warning us about this grave error that many would, and have, fallen into.

Our Lady also warned in 1920 (again to Blessed Jacinta), “More souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other sins.”

Little Jacinta, one of the three seers shown the vision of hell during Our Lady’s third apparition in Fatima on July 13, 1917, wept over the souls lost for eternity and offered great sacrifices for the souls of sinners to help keep them from eternal damnation.

Since only a small percentage of the population knows about the Message of Fatima, likewise, many do not know of Our Lady’s warnings.

Now there have been several generations of young people who have not been taught much, or anything at all, about modest dressing. All they know is what they are exposed to.

The examples they have to guide them are primarily of people exhibiting some form of immodest dress. Many people are not aware they are not dressed modestly. Why? Because everywhere they look — on TV, in magazines, on billboards, in school, in the store — that is all they see.

Women often have difficulty purchasing modest clothing because the clothing selection in stores is atrocious and designed for everything but modesty. The apparently logical conclusion is it must be okay since everyone is dressing this way.

The enclosed booklet explains well the reasons for dressing modestly and the correlation between immodesty in dress and sins of the flesh. It is tastefully done, and I believe that those you give copies to will appreciate and be moved to heed the guidelines given.

During this season of Advent, as we prepare our hearts for the Feast of the coming of Our Savior, likewise, let us prepare the temple of our souls, the body God gave us. Let us make sure we are clothed modestly.

If we are to be that shining light referred to in the Gospel, then we must set the example. When we dress with modesty as our intent, just as what we wear is a reflection of what is in our heart, likewise, what we wear should have a positive effect on our actions and our bearing.

When Our Lady said that certain fashions would be introduced that would offend God very much, She was referring to immodest dressing, certainly, but She was also referring to the masculinization of women’s, and the feminization of men’s, manner of dress.

I remember reading a long time ago that women who routinely wear pants (because pants show a woman’s form, they are not considered modest) begin to move and act in a more masculine way instead of the beautiful graceful bearing that God gave to His feminine creatures.

I can’t remember where I read it, but it doesn’t matter. At the risk of sounding offensive, but not intending to be so, just look around and see for yourself. Observe women who routinely wear pants and then observe women who mainly wear dresses or skirts and see the difference for yourself.

Also watch men who tend to wear clothing (and jewelry) that one time was worn only by women and compare their occasional feminine gestures to men who only wear traditional men’s clothing.

Observe the manner of speech, the bearing and actions of those whose clothing choices are at the more extreme opposite of modest and compare it to those whose manner of dress is modest, or at least closer to the Catholic teaching of modest.

Our Lady sets the example for women, and Our Lord for men. It is to Them that we must look for guidance. And difficult though it is to find modest clothing, there are places that can be found on the internet for women. For men, it is likely easier to find modest clothing but please correct me if this is a wrong assumption.

If you do not have access to the internet, we can furnish a few contacts for you. There is also the option of finding someone to make clothes. Sometimes this is less expensive than buying at a store or through a catalog. With this option, there is the added satisfaction of one’s clothing being made in North America.

Many today are simply looking for direction, and although some will act offended or outraged, others will be grateful for the guidance given in this booklet.

For more copies of the booklet, Our Lady of Fatima Stressed ... Modesty in Dress call us at 1-800-845-3047.

May you and your loved ones have a holy Advent and a Blessed and joyous Christmas Season.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Joanna Swords

P.S. If you know of any sites on the internet, or any catalogs featuring modest clothing, please share that with us so we can pass it on to others. Simply send us an e-mail at, to the attention of the Volunteer Dept.

P.P.S. Also available for distribution is a leaflet titled, The Marylike Standards for Modesty in Dress.