Priests and religious should be visible at all times. There is power in that visibility. The Church is to be visible. If more people could see priests and religious they may just think that there is something worthy about being one! After all how do the hollywood promoters make stars out of ordinary people? They make sure they are seen, and seen again, and again, and again! This needs to be done by priests. Get noticed again and again and again, doing good in the real world. Get seen blessing the check out person at Publix! Get seen going into peoples homes! Get seen saying grace in resteraunts! Get seen! Get seen! Get seen! The only way to get seen from a distance doing these things is to wear the Habit!
Right now, it looks as if, outside of Mass, even the clergy and half the religious are ashamed to be seen! How does that encourage vocations? Be seen, be recognized, be honored, and watch the vocations grow!
I love seeing priests out on the street and being able to see that they are priests, or religous. When I see than I go out of my way to thank them for being visible to the world and to my children.
May God grant extra special blessings upon those of his who are willing to be recognized by the whole world as being HIs!:signofcross: