My Finest Cutoffs

Written by Gary Shirley

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Andy reflected on his week. He spent countless hours trying to make sure that his clothes sentrepparttar right message. He had “dressed for success.” Only his best effort would do for Zenon. He imagined what would have happened if he had shown up at Zenon in his cutoffs. Probablyrepparttar 126932 same thing that would occur if he met with a major client while donning his Speedo. If he knew anything, Andy knew that clothes did indeed send a powerful message. They say, in their silence, that, this event is worthrepparttar 126933 effort. Andy realized that not only did he insult God with his lack of effort, but he also sentrepparttar 126934 wrong message to his little boy.

Upon arriving home from Mass,repparttar 126935 humbled executive decided to see just whatrepparttar 126936 Church had to say about proper dress for Mass. Inrepparttar 126937 Catechism ofrepparttar 126938 Catholic Church, he found such guidance inrepparttar 126939 section devoted torepparttar 126940 Eucharist,repparttar 126941 “source and summit” of our faith. He reflected uponrepparttar 126942 words, “Bodily demeanor (gestures and clothing) ought to conveyrepparttar 126943 respect, solemnity and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest.” (CCC #1387) Andy found further insights inrepparttar 126944 section devoted to personal modesty: “Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resistrepparttar 126945 allurements of fashion andrepparttar 126946 pressures of prevailing ideologies. Modesty...exists as an intuition ofrepparttar 126947 spiritual dignity proper to man.” (CCC #2522-24)

Powerful reminders. Ideas that are lost in America today, Andy thought. The Church’s insights made him reflect upon his youth when his whole family went to Mass in their “Sunday best.” To appear in Church in anything less caused a scandal back then. Sunday was special, it was important, and it was holy. What happened? What have we done? Have we lost our sense ofrepparttar 126948 sacred? Have we now “casualized” our culture torepparttar 126949 point of a complete loss of decency? Is nothing set apart and sanctified? Andy recalled reading a recent article on how businesses now have several “levels” of casual attire to try and combatrepparttar 126950 various interpretations that are creeping intorepparttar 126951 workplace. Like many people in corporate America, he knew that once we openedrepparttar 126952 Pandora’s Box of “casual” then everyone’s personal interpretation had equal value, like it or not.

Andy reflected onrepparttar 126953 Catechism’s words and onrepparttar 126954 message he sent to God, his fellow man and his son. Did his choice of clothing convey respect forrepparttar 126955 Real Presence? Was he bending torepparttar 126956 “allurements of fashion” by pretending to honor God in his finest cutoffs? Did he kowtow torepparttar 126957 “prevailing ideologies” by equating Sunday Mass attire with a morning of golf? Didrepparttar 126958 virtue of modesty really disappear or was it just bludgeoned into obscurity by a self-indulgent culture? Andy thought about how ironic it was that his old company’s dress code prohibited cutoffs and T-shirts, but somehow he decided God did not care.

It was hard to imaginerepparttar 126959 confusion he sowed in his son Colin’s mind. Here was an impressionable little boy who idolized his father. He was trying hard to understand how two events declared “important” by Dad were treated so differently. The sad part is, Andy knew there was really only one important thing. In his search forrepparttar 126960 proverbial “better life” he had forgotten its Giver.

The following Sundayrepparttar 126961 family was assembling for Mass. As his Dad roundedrepparttar 126962 corner torepparttar 126963 kitchen, Colin spotted him and his face was wrinkled up with confusion. “Dad,” he asked, “Why are you are all dressed up? Do you have to go to work today?” “No,” said Andy with a smile, “but I am going to have a long talk with my Boss and enjoy a banquet with Him. Ready to join me?”

Gary Shirley, his wife, and three children are members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Kennesaw, Georgia, where Gary serves as catechist in the adult education program.

Interfaith Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Written by Heather Greene

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Neutral Ground-- It's important for many couples and their families to have a completely neutral ceremony. Many officiants steer clear of using non-inclusive language and avoid using mentions of things unique to one religion (for example, mentions of Israel, Jesus as a savior, etc.) and instead focus on God's love andrepparttar theme of unity and togetherness. In general, we'd advise against havingrepparttar 126931 ceremony in a place of worship unless it is special to bothrepparttar 126932 bride and groom.

Music and Readings-- Incorporate music and readings from both your faiths intorepparttar 126933 ceremony or you can have faith neutral readings and music. We have several suggestions for readings as well as tips for readers weddings in our ceremony section.

Programs-- Wedding programs are almost a necessity at an interfaith wedding if you will be incorporating aspects of two faiths into your wedding. A good program will explainrepparttar 126934 meaning and origin behind any religious rituals that take place atrepparttar 126935 wedding, that way, none ofrepparttar 126936 guests will be confused about what is going on (your guests may not have attended a wedding outside of their faith group).

Having two officiants-- Many interfaith couples are now deciding to have two officiants present at their wedding ceremonies, one from each religion. By having two officiants, you'll be making everyone more comfortable, plus two heads are always better than one and two officiants can give you more ideas about conducting and interfaith ceremony than just one.

Heather Greene is the head writer for the wedding planning site, Wedding Wonderful located at This article originally appeared on Wedding Wonderful.

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