In the spirit of good worship to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to create a good church environment where everyone feels the need to give thanks to God and to pray for their personal needs, it is important to maintain and exercise “reverence” in church as Fr. Guardini encourages us in his books.
“Fr. Romano Guardini was an Italian-born German Catholic priest, author, and academic. He was one of the most important figures in Catholic intellectual life in the 20th century.
Reverence, says Fr. Guardini, is “a surmise of greatness and holiness and a desire to participate in it, combined with the apprehension of being unworthy of it.” In reverence, “man refrains from doing what he usually likes to do, which is to take possession of and use something for his own purposes. Instead, he steps back and keeps his distance. This creates a spiritual space in which that which deserves reverence can stand erect, detached, and free, in all its splendor.”
“As you might have guessed, Fr. Guardini is referring here primarily to the reverence due the holy, but reverence also has “an everyday form,” he insists respect. “Respect is the most elementary thing that must be perceptible if people are to associate with each other as human beings.” It must be shown irrespective of particular talents or accomplishments, but simply because the other person is a human being.” (Taking from Mr. Randall Smith)
Here you can find some Catholic DO’s and Don'ts
- Arrive to Mass early
- Bless yourself at a font upon entering church
- Genuflect (if you can) before entering your pew
- Spend some quite time in prayer before Mass begins
- Participate joyfully in communal prayers and responses and sing the hymns
- Go to confession as often as is needed to remain in state of grace to receive Holy Communion
- Receive Holy Communion often
- Be attentive to the readings and homily
- Welcome your fellow parishioners and visitors
- Join a ministry to further serve your community, and encourage others to do the same
- Carry on conversations in the church; before, during, or after mass. Some fellow parishioners would like to continue in prayer.
- Read the bulletin during mass
- Dissuade others from the ministerial calling
- Applaud for cantors, organist or priests during mass (after mass if it is necessary)
- Arrive late, LEAVE EARLY (AFTER COMMUNION) or otherwise disrupt the worship of others EAT or CHEW GUM in church.
We are brothers and sisters in Christ, this is our family and the church our common home. The respect we show in church is the same respect we show to our Lord and Savior.
May God bless us always.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Fernando A. Lopez