A Catholic explains the Mormon garment

There is an excellent commentary by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, who is Catholic, on the LDS (Mormon) garment. In her article she describes the garment as not dissimilar to the sacred clothing of many religious groups around the world, including Jews, Catholics (Roman and Eastern), Sikhs, Buddhists, Amish, Muslims, Hindus, Jains, and tribal religions. I too once wrote about the sacred undergarment of the Jews, the tallit katan (and its tzitzit).

I appreciate her respect for this sacred aspect of temple attending members of the LDS Church. As she puts it, it seems that most sacred clothing such as the garment has four main purposes:

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