July 22, 2013

CATHOLIC MASS: A BLACK TIE AFFAIR?



It's that time of year again: warm weather, sunshine, picnics. Oh - and mini-skirts & short-shorts. At Church. On 14 year old girls who are attending Mass with their parents.

It's not healthy to live in the past - but I miss a few things of days gone by. Two in particular: Reverence and Respect.

APPEARING In Church - NOW:
Men wearing shorts, tee shirts and tank tops - their son's attire reflecting the example of the "role model" (ie: Star Wars shirts, etc.)Women and young girls wear tight dresses with plunging necklines . . . tube tops . . . exposed arms and backs. Worse yet mini skirts - and they aren't baggy.

I believe that people don't know - they truly don't realize what they do! I wish somebody would've clued me in - back when. I've learned the value of modest attire - especially at Mass.

I want to share with my brothers & sisters - to  pass on knowledge - because we all want to approach the altar of our Lord with reverence and respect - don't we?  For example: In the past, I didn't know that a woman should not be sleeveless in Church. Now - I always wear (or bring) a light shrug - easy peasy!




Most parents don't intentionally want to sexualize their children or teach them a lack of respect - but this is exactly what they are learning with current styles of immodest dress. Parents - don't cave to "peer pressure!!" HOW will they learn if not from us - from YOU?? You are the teacher, the role model. Be a parent first, friend second - lest you do your child a grave injustice.


YOU'RE INVITED
When we are invited to a black tie affair - a wedding - do we show up in shorts and a pirate shirt proclaiming "HEY - they're just lucky I'm here!"
If we had dining reservations would they let you through the door in a tee shirt?  YET - if we showed up for Holy Mass - the Wedding supper of the Lamb - and weren't allowed in because of our attire - many of us would be OUTRAGED. Some might even tell EVERYONE within earshot how "strict," "old fashioned" and "out of touch" the Church is.
YET . . . off we go in our collared shirts and tea length dresses to obey the dress codes at our favorite restaurants.

Reverence. Respect. Values. 
Why not begin a Sunday morning "family tradition?" Dress appropriately for Church and teach our children to do the same. Attend Mass cleaned up & lookin' pretty! Perhaps after Mass it's off to breakfast or lunch - or a change of clothes for a fun, family activity.

God is thrilled to have YOU in Church. We can't know a person's circumstances and we are not there to condemn. LOVE is above the law- Jesus teaches us this . . . and BECAUSE we love - we want to be reverent and respectful. And so - a line must be drawn when it comes to modesty at Holy Mass.

Here's what the Catechism teaches:
 “Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest.”  #1387

“Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing.” #2522



We love the Lord!! So let us celebrate the Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving with modesty, decency, respect for the Lord and for one another - and above all -  great JOY!



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#Catholic #Mass #Jesus #Modesty #Respect
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