REVERENCE A SIGN OF FAITH
Reverence has some element of fear. But this
is not the slavish or worldly kind of fear. It is a reverential fear
of someone of immense greatness and power.
Today, we live in a Christian society that disowns
the duty of reverence. Yet, as children of the Church, reverence is a
special inheritance. Sadly, we have little of it and do not feel the
want of it.
Unfortunately, the few who have it usually are
ashamed of it, consider it a mark of weakness of mind and, when censured,
cannot defend themselves on intelligible grounds. They wish to show
reverence in their mode of speaking and acting in relation to sacred things
but are afraid to contradict modern style of behavior.
This want of fear is a sign of want of Faith.
Little gestures in the Catholic faith shows this
Faith; like coming often to prayer shows your constant awareness of a Great
Being. To kneel at prayer when our condition allows shows more
reverence than sitting down. To visit the Blessed Sacrament is evident
sign of faith in our beliefs. To behave during mass and in the
house of God would show reverence based on fear in the presence of God.