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Body language is something that we usually don’t think twice about. It’s just part of our human instincts. In fact, we can often tell what someone’s mood is by simply looking at them.
When it comes to our faith, we can’t forget that we are more than just souls — we are bodies too. Body and soul, as created by God.
But, when we go to Mass or pray, we often focus solely on the soul. And of course, we should be focusing on shaping our souls, but we can’t forget about the body. Our bodily actions can be prayerful too.
In fact, when you think of the Mass, you can see that it has ‘built-in’ actions of the body — genuflecting, bowing, kneeling, and the list goes on. These movements reflect our inner desires and affections, like showing respect to God or humbling ourselves before Him.
So while we’re in Mass, or in front of the Blessed Sacrament, we must be mindful of this. We must be intentional and deliberate with our actions. Don’t just do a half squat, followed by a quick sign of the cross, and then slide into your pew. Be reverent, and let your body speak for itself.
And also, use the body to aid the soul. If your thoughts wander in Mass, fight the distraction by first controlling your body. Take your head off the swivel. Bow, close your eyes. Quiet your body to quiet your soul.