October 31, 2008

Evening of Reparation

Apologies for the late notice, but there will be an Evening of Reparation for Offenses Committed Against the Eucharist on Halloween. This is usually an annual event but I just got official confirmation it was still on this afternoon.

Tonight at the Church of St. Augustine in South St. Paul MN

7:15pm to 9:15pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Benediction at 9:15pm
7:30pm to 9:00 Confessions
9:30pm - Holy Mass with Fr. Altier

I'll be there. I'm beginning my three days of Fast and Prayer before the Election and I figure this is as good a way as any to "kick it off"

3 Days of Prayer and Fasting

It's not too late!!!!!!

Gentle Reader: Redneck Catholic, a regular reader of this blog, contacted me about the plan to pray and fast for 3 days prior to the U.S. election on November 4th.

I decided to do it. Please join in, if you are able!

Furthermore, Father John Corapi is calling for an Election Novena from October 27th to November 4th. Read that here

Remember, the 40 Days for Life is still going strong. Read more about it locally, here

DO SOMETHING! This election could be very critical to those of us who live our professed beliefs as Catholics. To my non-U.S. readers: Please pray with us.

DO SOMETHING!!!!

October 29, 2008

Step Off Dissenters! You've Had the Mic Long Enough!

A Cranky Cathy Post!

So isolated are the prog cats voices these days that they’ve resorted to attacking the credentials of speakers at Catholic institutions of higher learning who (gasp!) have the temerity to actually believe and teach and discuss what the Roman Catholic Church actually teaches on the grounds of a Catholic school!!!!

Oh, the humanity! Oh, stop, I can’t stand it!!!

It isn’t even Halloween yet and the audacity of horror (not a book by Mr. Obama!) is upon us! It sure as h-e-doubletoothpicks isn’t even April Fool’s Day but it seems like it should be.

The whole drama is absurd. Sadly, dissent is still and usually the majority opinion in most "Catholic" schools. But, I take great comfort and joy (Christmas is coming! Thanks for the early gift!) that panic is beginning to set in among the “liberated”. Check your cred at the door. The "progs" are ok with you speaking as long as you agree with them. Doesn't matter what language it's in (Latin, Hebrew, English, French) as long as it's "theirs". You don’t have to agree with Jesus, or the Holy Father-just them. Faith is personal, doncha know. This should not be interpreted to mean I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ-just means I have a personal relationship with myself and if I can pencil Jesus in around my agenda: cool.

One day you’ll wake up and there won’t be any of you left. You’ve all been aborted or euthanized or contracepted or same-sex coupled (WT-, hey, the parts don’t fit!?) into oblivion. You wanted your “choices” now live with it.

Pax.

October 28, 2008

Send in the Clowns

Time for my annual rant about people who seek to mock Holy Church by dressing as priests, monks, sisters, cardinals, popes, Catholic schoolkids on Halloween!

May the costume you wear as mockery convert your blasphemous heart to the true expression of loving, honoring and serving God as found thru the Church He founded!

In other words, may you become Roman Catholics!!!!

Booo!!!!

I know that scared some of you. Think about it.

If it's true that "clothing makes the man" and Catholics wear certain outward signs of their Faith to reflect their inner state so, too, may the "costumes" work on you. Yes, even YOU, CINO (Catholic in Name Only)

It's also a great time to post this because Adoro is out of town and her and I end up arguing about this every year. Not that I'm scared! I can still take her!!!

October 27, 2008

How Do You Pray?

Gentle Reader: Yesterday at Holy Mass, I observed a young lady arrive in her pew with her parents. She was probably about 10 years old. She did not genuflect towards the Lord before she entered the pew. Furthermore, she entered the pew and sat with no visible intention to kneel and pray before Mass. That is, until her Mom pointed at the kneeler and said "Get up here" (Mom, Dad and other siblings were already kneeling). The young lady, with much 'tude, knelt for about 30 seconds and sat back down with even more 'tude on display.

Rather sloppy episode was it not?

I did the same thing when I was her age. Actually, into my 30s I probably did the same thing. I knelt before Mass, because that is what everyone did, but I was usually about a million miles away. Sometimes, I just knelt there and spaced out. Other times, I was cataloging my day. No jubilation or thanksgiving to the Lord. It was all about me.

I would wait until I felt the appropriate amount of time had passed and then sat back down and read the bulletin or looked around to see who was and who not there.

How rare is this behavior? How many of us kneel there before or after Mass and we are thinking about anything other than offering or supplicating towards the Lord?

Is it that we, and that young lady, don't know what to do? We don't know what to say? We don't care? We don't want to be there anyway? We don't know why we are there? Perhaps all of the above.

The Lord taught us how to pray. You can't go wrong simply reciting the "Our Father" Even better if you pray a Rosary before Mass. Ramp it up and pray the Liturgy of the Hours before Mass. Read a Litany. Even staring at the Lord in silence is better than nothing if your attention is entirely focused on Him.

That's the problem. By and large, our attention is not on Him. Not before Mass, not during Mass, definitely not after Mass. How many of us book out of there as soon as the last notes of the last "song" fade away? How many even wait that long? Some are out the door right after they received Communion or they follow Father right back up the aisle.

Many of my old dissident buddies disdain "rote prayer". I might be ok with their stance if I did know for a fact that they don't pray anyway. They might bang out a prayer if they are at some Christian dissident gathering but that's the only time they pray. You don't see too many of them praying before each meal or offering their entire day or their labors via prayer to the Lord.

Rote prayer, already composed prayer, extemporaneous prayer, whatever and however you pray; it's never easy. Prayer is not easy. It takes real commitment to do it and real effort to find meaning in it. I will spend the rest of my life praying and probably feel as much of a novice with it on my deathbed as I do today.

The Mass is a prayer too, isn't it? Same deal. There are many who cannot, will not, ever see below the surface of the Mass. To them the Mass is all about who gets to do what, how many people are running around, when can we get out of here, why was that "song" selected, why is Father's homily so long, there better be some donuts left in the social hall, do I have to keep kneeling...Mass is hard. It's hard to see below the surface, as hard as it is to 'get' a Picasso abstract...I will spend the rest of my life attending Holy Mass and I will probably feel as much of a novice towards the end of my life as I do today.

Is the search for meaning a reason to despair? Because you can't know it all immediately should you just give up?

No!!!!

Do you ever rent a film or read a book and skip right to the end because you are afraid you may not like the conclusion? Do you, then go back and read the body of the book or watch the entire film? Do you sometimes find that even if you found the ending to your liking the middle may have been tougher than you thought? Does that mean the middle was invalid?

If you skipped the middle becuase the end was "bad" do you worry that maybe you really missed something worth watching? Maybe I could have learned something? Or, my friends really like that movie, maybe there was something worthwhile in the middle even though the ending "stunk"

Those are books and movies, they are not the same as real life. Our End has potential but so does Our Journey. It's thru The Journey that we get to The End. It's thru Our Journey that we may get The End that we desire.

Prayer is part of Our Journey. As Catholics it MUST be part of our journey. It's not enough to just make an appearance in Church on Holy Days. Yes, you MUST be at Mass on Holy Days but just being there without truly BEING there will not probably compose the ending you want. Our lives must be a constant prayer. We must pray all the time. We must teach others to pray. We must teach others WHY to pray.

October 19, 2008

Wanted: Prospective Tenant for School Building

The Church of St. John in St. Paul, Minnesota has a serious financial shortfall of ($118,951) from the FY just ended on 6/30/2008.

This is Father George Welzbacher's parish. Father Welzbacher is known to many in this Archdiocese as a: solid theologian, gifted speaker, encourager of vocations, excellent confessor, learned man, and faithful servant of God. Beyond the Archdiocese, he is known to Catholic blogdom as a friend of Father John Zuhlsdorf (usually referred to as "Father G.W." in Father Zuhlsdorf's writings).

I've attended Mass at St. John a few times. The Mass is well done. The small congregation, by my observation, is always very humble, reverent and friendly. The parish did better, financially, last year than in prior years. But, it is a tiny parish with many members of limited income.

Father Welzbacher says, and the P&L statement he shared confirms this, that the school building is the source of most of their expenditures. This is the building that, years ago, housed the St. John school. In recent years, it hosted other entities who rented space but don't any longer. It would be MOST beneficial if a major tenant for the rest of the building could be found.

Father said they have a prospective tenant but, at this point, nothing is certain. It's always great to have options, so if you know of anyone who may be interested in the building contact Deacon Terry Schneider at the parish office: 651-771-3690.

I'm sure any donations or prayers would not be unwelcome either.

St. John is located at 977 E 5th St. St. Paul MN 55106

Cross Posted to Stella Borealis

October 18, 2008

The Desert

Greetings from the Como Cave!

I have gone in to the desert for a necessary period of solace, consolation and meditation.

The Cross of my job has been such an unbearable weight and such a revelation of my continual lack of charity (Thanks Be to God for His lessons!)that all the strength and wit to compose anything has been completely sucked out of me.

Woe, would that it were so for my tongue....No, I'm still givin' it right back to those who keep trying beat me down. Not always constructively, rarely charitably.

Unfortunately, at times the dryness in this desert has quenched my ability to pray. I had a horrific day on Thursday and Friday. I left the office with a splitting headache. I've struggled to find the motivation to pray my daily Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Scripture meditation much less find meaning in any of it.

Historically, when times were tough, I'm sorry to say I prayed more than I did when everything was great. I'm at the point in my spiritual journey where I have matured enough to recognize and participate in daily prayer. These days, I'm trying to pray, as usual, but I feel seperated from humanity and God-even from myself.

The writings of St. Francis de Sales have been a comfort to me. The Saint, as do many of our treasury of Saints!, recommends making regular prayer a habit as part of living a devout life. The Saint says if there are times that are too "disruptive" pious ejaculations may be an adequate substitute.

Bottom line: better to do something to keep the connection with God rather than nothing. When I do nothing but wallow in my own misery..yep..there he is....my Enemy of many times past, way too many times, moving right into my heart, disturbing my rest.

Mary!

I know some of you out there are snearing at the simplicity that I just put forth as a solution. Try it. At the word "Mary!" invoked with the appropriate respect, the Enemy retreats. Watch him run away.

In a day, during most work weeks, when I hear the name of Jesus expelled from foul lips as a curse, some days Mary seems to be the only name that is still free from contagion for us as Catholic Christians to invoke. Why don't we more often? Why don't I?

I know why. It's a piece of feminist baggage that the airline to reversion did not conveniently lose for me. Maybe I'll have more to say on this later after my penance..for now..back to the cave...

Please pray for me as I pray for all of you. May God bless you.

October 12, 2008

Pick Your Battles: Sure, But Which One?

Gentle Reader: How many people have you encountered who are so tired, fed-up, disillusioned, disgusted by our current state of life in the United States that they've decided to just "sit it out"

What's "it"?

"It" can be defined, vaguely, as "life" or getting involved in something besides the day to day necessities of YOUR life.

Some people these days appear to be so paralyzed with inertia and unable to act, or react to anything that does not personally impact their survival, that they've tuned out. They don't watch the news, they don't read the paper, when a subject that may demand a reaction comes up at work they change the subject.

If there were a pile of sand nearby, they'd have their heads in it. In lieu of a handy pile of sand they decide not to look any further than the nose on their own face.

I know this level of disinterest has always been with us but why does it seem so bad now?

Because the stakes are high. I'm not sure they've ever been this high.

I'm convinced that unless more people wake up soon we are going to be in serious trouble: as Catholics, as Christians, as a society of followers of Jesus Christ.

People will pick their battles. True. It's too overwhelming not too. However, too many of us are sitting out the battle raging on right now.

I'm talking about The Battle for the survival of the Teachings of Christ.

For too long now, too many who profess to be Christians only reaction is yawning when faced with the reality of what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Orissa, the Holy Land, Iraq, Buenos Aires, or China. Persecution. Violence. Death. Purging.

Then, there are the people who are active and involved and engaged but they are not always on the right side.

Ask these involved people what they think about the Dalai Lama being denied the right to return to his homeland or how Muslims are treated in France and they will go to the wall for them: or, at least, the United Nations. Send Richard Gere!!

Am I saying that how the Dalai Lama or Muslims may be wrongfully treated is a good thing? No. I'm asking: where's the outrage about our own people? Where's the fury that we are discouraged from talking about our Faith in public? Why are we afraid or ashamed to fight for our own Faith? Why is evangelization a bad word? Why is it ok that Christianity is declining or even outlawed in vast tracts of the world? Why is it unacceptable to even raise the death of Christianity as a matter of concern?

Is the only thing that came out of the ecumenical movement a public denial of our own beliefs? Go to the firing squad for the Quaker's right to practice peaceful speech, but shut up about prayer in a public venue! Include a Jewish Hannukkah song in the "Holiday" play but forget about the Roman Catholic one! Put Santa in the creche but not the Holy Family!

Oh, I'm so overwhelmed what can I do?!?

It's so simple. Well, not really, but what you need to do is already laid out for you!

Read the Scriptures, the Catechism, the official documents of the Magisterium! Don't just READ IT! LIVE it, VOTE it, ACT on it!!!!

Embrace the whole package! Don't just read paragraph 1783 of the Catechism and say: "cool, works for me" without reading the rest of the book. Don't just vote for the common good without understanding what that really means. Is it helpful to the common good if people can marry who are unable to continue the species without unnatural and sinful help? Is it helpful to the common good if your Grandma can be euthanized because she's a burden on society if she lives? Is it helpful to the common good if babies can be murdered in the womb?

Are we not beginning to realize that we have killed off the future of entire societies in the name of liberation (sexual, war or otherwise)? Ask the Japanese, the Italians, the French how confident they feel about the survival of their cultures these days.

Isn't common good sometimes not common at all, but selfish? It doesn't always have anything to do with community benefit but mine.

Many are hard-hearted. The minute I said: "It's all laid out for you". They shut down and mumbled "That's so old-school Catholicism" "We don't need to act like children anymore and let the Church tell us what to think"

It isn't. No one is holding a gun to your head. If you do not want listen to what the Church teaches, how much are you listening to Jesus? Are you muttering against Him too? I like this teaching of His, but this one is too hard, or too much, or too unbelievable, so I'll believe this but not that.

That is not belief. That is scepticism.

One day someone may really hold a gun to your head and say: "Believe this or die" No one may be holding a gun to your head now but, if you fail to live with your whole being what you profess to believe with your lips, you will surely die.

October 09, 2008

Has Anyone Seen Ray Since Saturday?


Gentle Reader: Anyone seen Ray lately? I've only had one email from him in the last 48 hours (you know how Ray likes to send email!)!

Here we are a few days before the Argument of the Month (AOTM) meeting and Ray isn't even trying to get me all wound up about the lack of inclusion at that event!

Something must be terribly wrong!

Reply in the comboxes if you have news......if anyone is on the Hill,kindly check the bushes around the Chancery...God bless you!

October 07, 2008

Where You Been?

Other possible titles for this post:

How I Spent My Summer Blog Break-You Care and You KNOW It!!!!

Stats? I don't need no stinkin' stats!

What's Wrong With Me (A Epistolary Novel in 30 Volumes with Commentary and Rebuttal by Terry Nelson)


Before my summer blog break I listed these as my goals. How'd I do?

Look for a new job -- still looking

Bike! -- barely fit any in like I can barely get into my biking clothes

Spend one hour/week in Adoration -- good news here. I dropped my weekly designated Adoration hour earlier this year. I picked it up again over the summer and I still have it. I'm so glad I did. I missed the quality time with the Lord. I realized just how much I missed it when I picked it up again. It does me a world of good to spend one hour each week in contemplative silence with Jesus. If you do not spend any time in Adoration, I can't recommend it enough. I can't even explain what the benefits are to me spiritually. There are no words adequate enough.

Finish reading the saintly writings I never have time for --well, I finally finished a couple of works by St. Teresa of Avila and St. Augustine. I'm still trying to find time to finish St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life. Sometimes, I miss my college days, when ALL I had time for was reading. Then, I remember that in college I had no time for the Lord and I'm content with where I am now.

Mass and Confession -- Yep, did both A LOT!

Pray - I joined the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. Vincenzo was instrumental in evangelizing me to join. Know this: Vincenzo is more than just a photoshop genius.

Make peace with my neighbors -- bad, real bad here. We are no longer speaking to each other. For various reasons, I have had to report them to the authorities (police, animal control, child protection) more than once after speaking with them did nothing. They know it was me who has reported them. I have a bad feeling about them. Please pray for this whole situation. Thanks.

I'm glad I took the summer hiatus and I don't regret the frequent breaks I've had to take lately. Because of my Grandmother's death, I've had to cling closely to my family and I always need to make sure the blog is not replacing my life in Christ. I'm sad to say that sometimes I can see that it is and then I need to back away for a while.

I Love Your Blog!


Mary Rose , Angela and Christine tagged me for this meme a few weeks ago. Sorry, I'm SO tardy in getting this out. Here's the rules:

First I must answer the questions below with ONE word answers as all the awardees must also do. After that follow the directions on the bottom of the post.

1. Where is your cell phone? near
2. Where is your significant other? who?
3. Your hair color? great!
4. Your mother? gone
5. Your father? north
6. Your favorite thing? prayer
7. Your dream last night? weird
8. Your dream/goal? heaven
9. The room you're in? living
10. Your hobby? outdoors
11. Your fear? hell
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? sane
13. Where were you last night? out
14. What you're not? funny
15. One of your wish-list items? time
16. Where you grew up? Minneapolis
17. The last thing you did? ate
18. What are you wearing? pajamas
19. Your TV? off
20 Your pet? cats
21. Your computer? laptop
22. Your mood? goofy
23. Missing someone? Aunt
24. Your car? servicable
25. Something you're not wearing? contacts
26. Favorite store? Nordstrom
27. Your summer? fast
28. Love someone? Jesus
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Sunday

* Display your award.

* Link back to the person who gave you the award.

* Nominate at least 7 other blogs.

* Put links to those blogs on yours.

* Leave a message on the blogs of the people you've nominated.

* Enjoy your award!

I don't think I've fully recovered from my dissenting ways because I'm going to nominate every blog on my sidebar. I only link to the blogs I love.

October 06, 2008

Holy Card Meme


Updated: Chris created a Holy Card for me! She's so talented. If you are not reading her blog, you should be! Thanks, Chris!

Adoro tagged me for this meme. I'm sure at this point she thinks I did not notice because I don't read her blog anymore! Not true. Just too busy this week to read much of anything. You should see the huge stack of newspapers and magazines that I subscribe to that are just sitting in my living room magazine rack waiting to be read!

What picture do you think would be on your Holy Card if you were to be canonized, and of what would you be the Patron Saint?

Hmmmm....let's imagine for a second that I have even the remotest chance for canonization....*clouds roll in, thunder claps, hell freezes over, pigs are flying*

Patron Saint of Priests Suffering from the Fruits of the L.A. Religious "Education" Conference

My holy card would have a heavily idealized photo of me at my best (slimmed down, hair under control) standing next to a beleaguered looking, weeping priest who is viewing a liturgical dance in front of a wicker altar with glass pitchers holding the Blood of Christ (the Blood consists of Kool-Aid packets and water). A band including electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, and full drum set is providing the music.

I'm standing next to the electrical outlet box with my hand raised ready to cut the power. My other hand holds a copy of the Mundelein Psalter. A Rosary is at my waist. I'm standing on the broken body of the Liturgy Coordinator. Kool-Aid, by my summons, is busting thru the near wall to reclaim his packet and electrocute the band straight into oblivion by dousing them with his contents.

Glad you asked?

Cathy of the Raging Sinus Headache. Pax vobiscum!

Have Bike Will Evangelize

Deep curtsy to Vincenzo who alerted me to this.

Via the Free Republic forum: Mormons will build their 12th temple in the heart of Catholicism (Rome). Hilarious comment in the thread by irishjuggler: Let's put it this way... If anyone in Italy's Catholic Church is worried that a religion that prohibits coffee, cigarettes and vino will gain a significant number of Italian converts, they're delusional..

Sure the comment is really funny. I roared. But, is it funny? Really? No.

Say what you want to about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they got it goin' on as evangelizing missionaries. I can hardly drive/walk thru Frogtown without running into their young male missionaries on mountain bikes tearing thru the neighborhood spreading Joseph Smiths' version of the Gospel.

They are making serious inroads against Catholicism in Latin and South America-traditional Roman Catholic nations.

A true Catholic can scoff, and rightly so, about this. The true doctrine of Christ, as disseminated thru the Church Christ founded, is The Way.

But, how much of our true Faith is reaching anyone, much less the people in what were, historically, our missionary lands?

Probably not much since the Church, in a combination of political correctness and shame over it's not always glorious aspects of missionary history, has very much retreated from active missionary evangelization. When I was growing up, to even talk about missions was just not done. It was wrong to even mention "forcing" ones "private and personal" faith on anyone else. I think we (me too) took that sense of shame too much to heart and now we don't even want to talk about our Faith in public. Period.

Sure, thanks to Pope John Paul II some of the missionary zeal of the Church is back but it's not back enough.

I look at my own people. The Anishinabeg (a.k.a. Ojibway or Chippewa) mired in drug addiction, broken families, gangs, crime,violence and misguided youth and I think how badly needed the Catholic Church really is. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church, cognizent of the accusations of abuse against The People (some of which are horribly true and others that are not) has retreated into a sort of passive nullity. Still around but barely alive. Meanwhile, the war is being won by Evangelical Protestantism or Satan. The forces of misinterpretation or evil-take your pick.

Maybe we don't need men on ships, donkeys, horses, or even bikes to bring The Truth to The People. But, for God's sake, for our own sake, we need something.

Pope John Paul II's cornerstone message was: "Do not be afraid", "Be not afraid". He was talking to us. Do not be afraid of the message of Christ. Maybe we are not afraid, but we certainly are ashamed. We have to be ashamed or else we would be biking thru Frogtown, thru Leech Lake, thru Rosebud, thru Chiapas.

In your face Catholicism that's what we need!!!

We don't have it anymore. It exists only in history books and museums.

I have to go to the Minnesota History Center to see an exhibit of the splendid history of our Faith. I have to go and look at vestments and Church goods under glass that are far more awe-inspiring than anything I see in an actual Catholic Church these days. I have to look at old Vatican newsreels to see legions of Catholics praying as one with true concern for the health of the Holy Father-a united front of Faith-as opposed to today where they'd also show the so-called Catholic protestors calling for an abolishment of the "office" of the Papacy.

We are ashamed to be Catholics. We are ashamed to be Catholics when we make our churches into Protestant meeting halls. We are ashamed to be Catholics when we publicly dumb down our Faith because we don't want to hurt anyones feelings. We are ashamed to be Catholics when we just try to get along with everyone. We are ashamed of our wealth. Why? We contain the fullness of The Truth-of course, we have more than anyone else.

Share it!!!!! Don't be ashamed. Don't be afraid!

You don't need a bike to evangelize-just a big mouth. Use it.

October 05, 2008

East of Eden

Sunday has lost its sense of being a special day, and I think the clothes went with it. People dress a lot more casually than they used to, but I'm just happy they're in church. --Father Joseph McLoone, of Chester, PA

Some of you probably saw that quote in the Philadelphia Inquirer in early September. You may have also seen it reprinted in the Pioneer Press this last week. It was part of a larger article about casual attire in churches on Sunday.

The quote saddened me on many levels.

It's sad that a priest sees the casualness towards Sunday in dress and, yes, even the way he refers to Sunday as "special" is sad.

Do we have to be happy that people just "show up"? How happy are you, say, if Uncle shows up for your kids big football game and sits there in non-participatory silence nursing his hang-over from the night before? Hey, at least he showed! Why is it acceptable for people to show up and be less than they can be?

Is "special" the same as "holy" or "hallowed". My birthday is "special" but is it hallowed? Thanksgiving dinner with the family is "special" but is it holy?

I know a lot of people who call themselves Catholic don't bother to read what the Catechism says about Sunday as a Holy Day of Obligation. No one should be surprised that Catholics must not be reading the Bible either. God not only rested on the Seventh Day, he also blessed it and hallowed it (Genesis 2:2-3).

I shouldn't pick on only Catholics since it seems that Protestants (who claim to read the Bible FAR more than Catholics do) have the same problem.

If you can even get the "faithful" to condescend to appear in a House of Worship at ALL on Sunday they frequently look like they stopped by on their way to ______ (beach, football game, baseball game, picnic, work, bed, gardening, party, roller derby)

I know I rant about attire at Mass a lot and here I go again.

A frequent excuse of the slovenliness or near-nakedness of many believers attire before the Lord is: I'm on my way to or from _______ and I did not have time to change clothes. I have no problem with the occasional inability to dress appropriately before Mass because you are coming from work or an emergency occurred. But, honestly, how often does that happen? Does Sunday just creep up on everyone in complete astonishment? Are there millions of people who fail to realize that Sunday follows Saturday? Day follows night? December 25th is Christmas (Christ Mass)? December 8th is the Immaculate Conception?

There is NO excuse for near-naked and immodest attire at any time. Midriff-baring, spaghetti strap, short-shortin' mammas I'm talking to you. Mesh wife-beater t-shirt, holey cut-off, flip-floppin' man I'm talkin' to you.

Maybe so. Do the same folks also forget who's playing football on Any Given Sunday? Do they forget to wear their Vikings jerseys on days they play the Pack? I bet they don't. Do they forget to wear their wedding dress at a wedding? What if Father forgot to put his vestments on before Mass (the whole thing having snuck up on him unawares doncha know) and celebrated in his robe and 'jammies?

Do people dress poorly for job interviews like they do for Mass? Maybe that's the reason unemployment is so high? Who wants to hire people who look like they don't care enough about getting the job not to give the interview the best personal presentation they can? Does Christ want people in heaven who look like they don't care enough to wear their best in spite of the fact the only thing stopping them from doing so is their laziness and the age-old excuse "Everyone else is doing it"

Adam and Eve were naked in the Garden until they ate of the Tree. Adam being the first follower to cave into societal pressure who ever lived. "Eve is eating that fruit and she handed it to me so I ate it". Yeah, thanks Dad.

After our first Mother and Father ate of the Tree, they were ashamed of their nakedness and clothed themselves. We are the fruits of the knowledge of good and evil, yet we are not ashamed of our nakedness before God and each other. What happened?
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