Sunday, June 5, 2011
How Do You Show Your Catholic Identity?
As you know, I don't like labels, although I did see one that might describe me - moderate trad. Nah, I'm not even sure that would describe be. I'm definitely not a neo-con. I do prefer the traditional form of worship, but I have no problem with the Ordinary Form celebrated as it should be, without ad-libbing, prancing girls, rainbow banners and home-baked bread. In fact, I try to attend both forms of the Mass at my parish, with the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and the TLM on Sundays.
Anyway, while I detest labels, I do think it's important that something about us tell others that we are Catholic and preferably, we do this in such a way that it invites non-Catholics as well as our fallen-away brethren to wonder what it is we've been up to that has us so joyful. So, share with us. What is about you, what you do, how you live your life each day that tells people you are Catholic? How do you bear witness to the Gospel in your daily life?
Also, what is your daily routine so far as prayer is concerned? How much time do you spend each day in prayer? What do you like to pray? How often do you go to Mass? If you participate in parish life outside of Mass, what organizations do you belong to and how much time are you asked to devote to them each week? Are there any activities outside your parish that you participate in which give witness to your Christian identity?
So that this little exercise does not embarrass and/or distinguish anyone, feel free to comment anonymously. While we're at it, here are two more questions - what do you do with your hands during the Our Father and what do you do during the exchange of peace?
Maybe we can get a lively discussion going here and if we do, I'll tell you about the time someone tried to grab my hand during the Our Father.
Posted by TLW at 8:59 AM