Suit and tie required.
If men dress like a man that means suit and tie.
Many are beginning to recognize the severe Catholic “man-crisis” and the necessary imperative to aggressively “emangelize” Casual Catholic Men. While new ardor, methods and expressions are needed from the Pope to the parish priest, laymen need to step up to their personal responsibility and respond to Christ’s commandment to make disciples.
But the average Catholic man who is beginning to take Christ seriously about His call for all men to bring Him disciples, might be at a loss: “How can I evangelize other Catholic men? I haven’t been taught.”
For those men (and all men), here is a simple but powerful way to immediately begin to make a difference: Dress like a man for Mass. - Finish reading here.
There's more to it than that of course, as the author details in his essay.
It sounds so 'Stepford' to me however. Perfect uniformity, safe and secure in your parish. Wife perfectly coiffured, dressed modestly in a dress, hat or mantilla covering her long uncut hair appropriately tamed in a French twist, kids all spit and polished in really smart clothes - polished shoes. Nothing wrong with that. Protestants do it.
They will know we are Christians by the way we dress.
A lot of guys have said one reason they don't go to church is because people are always watching to see what others are wearing. Maybe modern Catholic Evangelicals haven't heard that before.
A suit is pretty much a corporate uniform in the eyes of ordinary people. Some people don't even own a suit. Just saying.
First place at banquets.
Something is off with Catholic Evangelicals. There seems to be a Protestant ethic about them which I have trouble recognizing as Catholic - a sort of Prosperity Gospel mentality seems to have pervaded contemporary Catholic evangelization. To put it bluntly, I had this to say to a couple of friends concerning a similar topic ...
There's something which strikes me as rather phony about some of these Catholic evangelists - something businessy, a little too well heeled, a little too commercial perhaps. It seems to me they place their trust in organizational skills, based upon business models and strategies, projecting goals/growth strategies. They get air time on Relevant Radio, they're showcased on EWTN, then launch themselves onto the lecture circuit. Catholicism becomes a career. They get awards and accolades for their work. They initiate surveys and institutes for special studies ... they run the Church like a business and they profit from it. Something is off.
How to get men back to Mass and why...
Gotz family to raise.
Song for this post here.