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.
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!
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.
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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