Their correct dress code, tells me of their sincere love for God, their respect for our faith – they are addilng to the worship service, not demeaning it.
We were talking after my confession, and during this time I stated to him the effort it took to keep even my middle-aged libo safely in check with the rampant exposure of feminine gifts around us
I am pleased when I see the men, women and children properly attired for Mass. They are then adding to the worship service and not demeaning it.
“Do I really want to attract attention at Holy Mass?! Why would I want the priest, or other people’s husbands to be looking at me?! (not that they would-just that dressing THAT way might be hoping for it) Is this dress, as awesome as it looks, worth hard Purgatory time or even Hell?!”
He stated to me that a priest does not anihilate his manhood when he becomes a priest
This helps me to ignore vanity and dress more modestly and sedatedly, as a good example to my girls, the young women around me and in keeping with the dignity of my soul, the souls around me and Our Lord, in whose Presence I place myself.
I can’t help but agree with the author. However, his choice of words is too sensitive and politically correct. As a “reformed” man of middle-age now, I can remember a time of lusty pursuits in my younger and foolish years. Now, as I go to Mass I know I’m in the presence of God–yes, God is really present there–I can’t help it but be distracted by beautiful young women whose mammaries are flapping in the breeze and their skirts are two-inches from the “promised land.” Worse yet, now even the tightest and shortest shorts–back in the late 60’s and 70’s they were called hot pants–are right there in your face only a few feet away and providing the same level of bare womanhood and stimulation that we’d have paid a good price to watch dance around a pole. I’m not being facecious here. I have observed this level of immodesty and contempt for decency at Mass, and these are Catholic women–I think.
Now, men don’t need shorts, and women certainly can cover up the “promised land’ sufficiently to limit the arousal of both young and senior men. If you see the micro-shorts, the lack of a bra–yes, I’ve seen this–combined with air conditioning, well guys you know what I’m talking of here! Young men are certainly distracted when they should have their minds on Heaven, and senior men are offended. Ladies cover it up! You can look very feminine, elegant and radiate some of the God-given dignity you’re offered by the King as a woman. Save it for your husbands and the bedroom six days out of the week. For one day please act as if you’re in the presence of God Himself!! Because you are! This is one of the chief complaints the Muslim world has about us. They are right!!
Priests stand up and make a strong statement. Throw in a little offended outrage there too. A priest friend of mind once confided this to me. Now, ladies thing about this when you walk up to make one of the holiest acts possible for a practicing Christian. He is forced to endure a parade of cleavage, thighs, and bare midrifts as he is passing out the Sacred Species! C’mon ladies, keep it home for your husbands, young women save it for your husbands, and know your beauty was a gift from God Himself and not something to flaunt at this holiest of ceremonies and times.