Keeping up appearances.
Yesterday, I posted about older women wearing makeup - I was pretty much just having fun, trying to get a reaction from older women who may read this blog. Just being a snot, y'know. Naturally there is nothing wrong with women trying to look their best - within limits of course. I remember even Mother Angelica once joked on her program, "Some women need makeup." Likewise St. JoseMaria Escriva liked to joke, "older facades need more restoration." I know!
So anyway, in response to my post yesterday, a friend sent me the following from JoseMaria Escriva:
"Another important thing is personal appearance. And I would say that any priest who says the contrary is a bad adviser. As years go by a woman who lives in the world has to take more care not only of her interior life, but also of her looks.
Her interior life itself requires her to be careful about her personal appearance; naturally this should always be in keeping with her age and circumstances. I often say jokingly that older facades need more restoration. It is the advice of a priest. An old Spanish saying goes: ‘A well-groomed woman keeps her husband away from other doors.’
That is why I am not afraid to say that women are responsible for eighty per cent of the infidelities of their husbands because they do not know how to win them each day and take loving and considerate care of them. A married woman’s attention should be centered on her husband and children, as a married man’s attention should be centered on his wife and children. Much time and effort is required to succeed in this, and anything which militates against it is bad and should not be tolerated.
There is no excuse for not fulfilling this lovable duty. Work outside the home is not an excuse. Not even one’s life of piety can be an excuse, because if it is incompatible with one’s daily obligations, it is not good, nor pleasing to God. A married woman’s first concern has to be her home. There is a Spanish saying which goes: ‘If through going to church to pray a woman burns the stew, she may be half an angel, but she’s half a devil too.’ I’d say she was a fully-fledged devil.”(Conversations with Saint Josemaria Escriva, 107) - Source
Yes, I too blame women for most everything.
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