When attending Mass, especially during the summer months, we are asked to exercise prudence and judgment. Each year our Church leaders strive to remind the faithful of the need to dress modestly at Mass, since we are in the presence of the King of Kings. Our Catechism states that “…modesty guides how we look at others and behave toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity.” It also states that modesty “…inspires one’s choice in clothing.” Certain summer apparel which may be appropriate for an informal meal or a picnic may not be appropriate for Mass. Dressing appropriately helps us keep our focus on the Lord.
The following “SUMMER PRAYER” provided by the media publication “Ignatian Spirituality” reflects the need to keep our focus on the Lord during this time of the year:
FATHER, CREATOR OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR THE SUMMER!
THANK YOU FOR THE WARMTH OF THE SUN AND THE INCREASED DAYLIGHT.
THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTY I SEE AROUND ME AND FOR THE OPPORTUNITY
THANK YOU FOR THE INCREASED TIME I HAVE TO BE WITH MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY,
DRAW ME CLOSER TO YOU THIS SUMMER.
TEACH ME HOW I CAN PRAY NO MATTER WHERE I AM OR WHAT I AM DOING.
WARM MY SOUL WITH THE AWARENESS OF YOUR PRESENCE
AS I ENJOY YOUR CREATION, CREATE IN ME A PURE HEART AND A HUNGER AND A THIRST FOR YOU. AMEN.
As we reflect on this prayer, we are invited to pray daily and make time for the Lord. He has provided us with this opportunity for rest and recreation. Let us rejoice and be glad.