i feel very emotionally close to god when i'm nude.
I do also especially when I'm showering - enter the shower after making a brief examination of conscience and pray for forgiveness as I cleanse and rinse myself. Don't get me wrong I still go to reconciliation but these mini - cleansing sessions help me tremendously.
Due to some of my responsibilities, I have been given a set of keys to the church. Makes for easy private adoration, but the tabernacle has been moved from the side to behind the altar, so I dont think I will have similar opportunities.
After all we need to remember that God made us like that (naked) and as the Bible tells ....God used to visit Adam and Eve who used to be naked.
To be naked is our natural form of existence. God made us like that and He loved to meet humans like that. I am sure He still likes us in the same way.
However when Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness they felt ashamed (I still do not understand Why they felt ashamed) ....I personally feel it would have been OK if God saw you naked ... (big deal) (why so much fuss about being naked).
When we go and pray to God in nude I think it is so genuine and real to feel connected.
Please comment and share your opinion.
At one point, l really wanted to know how God felt about nudity, so l decided to have an ernest prayer in the nude. It was my first time presenting myself naked before God. I felt a peace and acceptance l had never felt before. God knew what l look like nude. God created me. My nude body is no big deal to Him. I felt t no shame, and felt closer to him than ever before. Now I always get undressed for prayer).
I'm staunchly Catholic and feel very proud of being so, though I might not agree with all the teachings of the church. What appeals to me most is the sacrifice of the Mass, Holy Communion and Reconciliation. I have a great affinity to those who also share my faith and beliefs. Religion to me is basically to preserve my sanity and sanctity and beyond that serves no purpose. I believe in miracles and have experienced very many in my life .
This pandemic has brought with it many new was of thinking and I am actually enjoying the Online Masses , in which I participate stark naked ( God knows me without my clothes) and feel I concentrate and focus more on the service than when I am in church. Of course I do miss receiving Holy Communion, but I find less distractions in hearing the Word Of God and reflecting on it.
With the ever evolving church and the more all encompassing attitude we now have , thanks to a very humane and forward thinking Pope Francis, I am still left in a state of confusion in certain issues. I'm a social worker and counsel young men who want to come to terms with their nudity and sexuality. It very often seems to me that the same Catholic rules don't apply in all places and I seem to get answers that are ambiguous and wishy- washy from the clergy. Of course there are no more brimstone and fire sermons and admonishing over certain sins and more emphasis may be lade on controlling one's temper than pleasuring oneself! I'm always confused on the church's stand on abortion in the case of a rape victim, given the scientific fact that a child develops right from a foetal stage the feelings and emotions transmitted by the mother. Further I think the guilt feelings of masturbation inculcated by devout and overbearing Catholic parents and schools can be a reason for so many not wanting to practice the religion or go to church. To me, masturbation like every other bodily function is necessary , in limitation, and in fact is recommended medically for a healthy life. I have not found any definitive answer on this count by the church. Could some of the Catholics here enlighten me .
According to a Catholic priest in Australia, gay marriage is not accepted by the church and rightly so, but two men or women committed to each other, are not living in sin, and are accepted by the church without any stigma or sin.
It would be nice if the church could openly make known these known these decisions and revelations, but I guess there's always the fear of upsetting the apple cart and losing a traditional, die hard congregation.
I'd be most happy to hear from other Catholics whet their points of view are.
Stay bare ad stay blessed.