Modesty Is Necessary
There are those who make little or no account of what appears in the exterior, under pretence that perfection consists not in modesty and silence, but in the interior, and in the practice of true and solid virtues. This, however, is an error; for though all agree that the very essence of perfection consists in purity of heart, in charity, and the love of God, yet no man will ever attain these unless he be extremely careful in guarding his senses, and in the observance of exterior modesty.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930