Now that summer is half over, perhaps it is a good time to reflect on how we dress in the presence of the Lord, whether attending Mass or other sacred ceremonies.
Upon entering the Church, we enter the house of God and come into the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Of course, our interior disposition of reverence is most important. Reverence, however, is also to be expressed outwardly—in the modesty and reverence of our dress and actions, which should be a sign of respect for Our Lord and others in His Presence and not a way of drawing attention to ourselves.
Some specific guidelines come to mind: We should not wear shorts, halter-tops, low-cut shirts, flip-flops, mini-skirts, tight-fitting clothing, or clothing that exposes the back or midriff. While some of these items may be appropriate for picnics or other outdoor activities, they certainly are not appropriate for Church. Through our modest attire and good example as we worship in His Presence, we give due honor and glory to God by showing our reverential love for Him and our respect for our fellow parishioners.
Thank you for trying to adhere to these guidelines, and may Our Lord bless you always.