Before my mother returned to her faith, her bible was the one of "good breeding". Emily Post and proper etiquette informed, and my mother always reminded, that it was poor taste to bare your shoulders in a church. Today, I am sure, that has all been overturned to conform to modernism and fashion and those all important "feelings" rather than the standard and "silly" respect of reverence in the presence of God.
What has happened to our good manners...to the word SHAME? Does it still exist? Parents, do you no longer see modesty/proper dress as one of the character traits to teach your children? And if you deem charity more important to teach, isn't there a charity in proper attire that does not distract from worship?
God deserves better in His house.
Our Lady always appears modestly dressed.
I am reminded of 2 quotes from a previous post - "I guess when it comes to dressing for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we all need to look at our own motives for wearing or not wearing certain things in the light of is this the BEST we have to offer Our Lord?"
and, "Why does our culture, and even those Catholics with good intentions, always reduce everything to the lowest possible standard? Mainly because we are too concerned with "feelings..."
I am grateful for the MANY lessons my mother taught me. I may not have liked them at the time, but she stuck to her ideals. When she came back to her faith and I was lost, again I did not appreciate her motivation to consider Catholicism and life beyond my own selfish desires, wanting things easy, worldly and my way - requiring no sacrifice or hardship, no mortification of my will...yet all the things Christ lived. And again, she stuck it out in love and prayer....and it made all the difference.
Thank you, Mother.