I was quite honored to get the review from Msgr. Mangan and I am so very late in sharing it. I guess my Lyme from 2017 has put me about a year behind. But now that I’ve passed the 50 year mark and my Lymes is slowly on the mend I feel I need to get back to getting this message out more. That means your going to hear more from me about beauty, modesty and fashion in 2019…. my first love really.
I can’t thank you enough for staying with me all these years. I have truly gone through a metamorphisis since our publishing days and our house fire… I pray that God will continue to help me get this message far and wide…
So now enjoy this Review from Msgr Mangan and if you follow him on Twitter be sure to thank him for this review!
Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue by Rita Davidson
(Jasper, Ontario: Little Flowers Family Press, 2016, 385 pages, paper, $27)
When Rita Davidson sent the third edition of her work to me, I was pleased to receive it. With the beautiful picture of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the front cover, the Foreword by Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand and much information provided by Mrs. Davidson in the nearly 400 pages of text, this volume, which is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in commemoration of the 2017 Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, has a certain allure.
Today, there seem to be precious few who speak about and live the importance—even indispensability—of the virtue of modesty, which is one of the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Our authoress gives particular attention to modesty in dress, though, in her estimation, modesty “includes the whole person: thoughts, action, and being.” (page 201)
It is well known that the changes in fashion especially since the end of World War II have often had in mind the highlighting of the human body to such an extent that, at times, clothing is optional. What a departure from the standards that civilized societies lived by for centuries!
Mrs. Davidson has made a personal study of the virtue of modesty and offers to us some pertinent thoughts from Saint Thomas Aquinas (+1274) and Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, known as Padre Pio (+1968), tips regarding sewing modest clothes and her own meditations on a variety of subjects including: guidance from the Church; the nature of womanhood; men and modest dress; the need to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; the words of the dying Saint Jacinta Marto (+1920) to Mother Maria da Purificaçao Godinho (1. “The sins that lead more souls to Hell are the sins of the flesh.” 2. “Fashions that will greatly offend Our Lord will appear. People who serve God should not follow fashions. The Church has no fashions. Our Lord is always the same.”).
May God reward, through Our Lady of Fatima, Rita Davidson for raising up this critical matter for our consideration. How our era is crying out for an increase in modesty.
Prayers are requested to Jesus the Great High Priest, Our Lady, Untier of Knots and Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, for the Davidson Family as they continue to rebuild after a devastating fire.
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