Everyone who follows this account already understands what I'm about to say, but I’m going to preach to the choir anyways:

What you wear to church matters.

I posted this tweet yesterday, expressing the obvious opinion that men should dress better for Mass than they'd dress for Wal-Mart:

A tedious and self-impressed man apparently disagreed. He called me "pietistic" for suggesting that a man should wear a blazer to mass, rather than a tank top.

Appearances matter because they are a reflection of priorities.

If a man dresses well for the Mass, it's probably because he's serious about it, and he thinks he owes it to God, his fellow parishioners, and himself to not look like he just returned from a swap meet.
He can also dress well so as to cultivate certain attitudes in himself. In other words, I'll have an easier time being reverent in Mass if I take the trouble to dress sharp. I am reinforcing the seriousness of the occasion with my attire.
For some reason the Boomers normalized this dualistic heresy that a man's presentation is completely separable from what's in his heart.

Appearances and aesthetics are to be distrusted and disregarded in favor of the real, internal truth.

Be casual af, man!
They must have had their reasons for thinking thus. Perhaps some snobs had rubbed them the wrong way. I don't know and don't really care. It's a heresy and it needs to be busted.
In addition to reflecting his priorities, a man's appearance has consequences for the larger community. This one will be especially hard for the individualists to get their head around.
When I show up for Mass looking halfway decent, my appearance conveys to others that this event matters. When many men do the same, the tone of the Mass is elevated. They are encouraging others in reverence.

When I show up looking like I came in from fishing, I do the opposite.
I'm sorry that these reflections are all obvious, so obvious as to almost not be worth mentioning. But apparently some people are not on board yet with obvious truths. Thus we must speak them.


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