Today, I went to our parish church, which is also visited a lot by tourists. I prayed before the tabernacle, when a tourist guide approached me very polite and asked if I would mind him showing the tourists round. As I knew that this might happen, I was not offended at all (the tourists pay those guides and that helps to found all the renovation and restauration going on).
Point is, I later told this to an evangelical friend, elaborating on how polite and friendly this particular guide was. She answered me: “Well, yes, but you shouldn’t pray there in the first place. That’s showing off like Jesus warned us to do, we shall pray in our chamber when we’re alone and nobody can see us but God.”
I tried to explain her the importance of the eucharistic bread (I admit I tried to omit the word “body of Christ” to spare myself the involvement in THIS discussion!) for me and catholics in general to her, but she wouldn’t move from the point that I was setting a bad example by showing off in front of this tourists.
Maybe she is not completely wrong? Is it “showing off” to pray where you know tourists are likely to come along and see you?
Btw, I seem to be opening a lot of threads today… don’t know, hope I’m not already considered a flooder or something like that ;).