We have many traditions in my family, as I am sure you also have your own traditions. I have dedicated this post to our Catholic Family Traditions. The Papal “WE”, as it were.
My husband is also an adult convert. Here are things that we have either started or ammended during his journey.
Nightly prayers–we’ve always done these, now they include the Te Deum and similar prayers. (We are using a nice old fashioned prayer book and learning new ones, finding favorites as we go along)
Saint Lives–I started reading about Saints to the kids before hubby converted. He always listens in now. This is a daily thing.
Morning prayers–again something we’ve done for years. Used to be from the Anglican Book of Common Prayers, now is the daily mass readings. This summer we’ve started saying a daily rosary in the mornings since we have more time.
One thing we’d like to work in is an examination of conscience. When we tried it right before bed we were all too tired (and my kids are probably older than yours). Right now we only fit it in before confession. We are going to try something at dinner time and see how that works.
As others have said, there is more to being Catholic than specific prayers and forms, but some of that second nature stuff builds on the more conscience acts–like making a sign of the cross after meal prayers.
– Sr Sally Jul 5, 2007
Perhaps you too have similar family traditions to Sr Sally? She is keen to point out that there is more to being Catholic than her standard formulaic system. We know this to be true, as members of the Catholic Family.
Take, for example, the Detroit Free Press article on the American Catholic Council conference.
We have a long standing tradition in the Catholic Church of stretching our faith and pushing our leaders to reform outmoded ways and rituals. Vatican II comes to mind.
There’s nothing wrong with talking about these controversial issues. The question, though, is who has the authority to respond to these issues according to the mind of Christ and the Church. Vatican II states that “bishops, teaching in communion with the Roman Pontiff, are to be respected by all as witnesses to divine and Catholic truth.”[xiv] Because the ACC affirms a right to dissent from magisterial teachings, those discussing controversial issues at the conference will be subject to confusion and misinformation about what Catholics can and cannot hold.
– Archdiocese of Detroit
The Archdiocese of Detroit admits that there is nothing wrong with talking about these controversial issues. It is all a part of our Catholic Family Tradition. The ACC would like to open the discussion on a few topics:
– Closed parishes, broken communities, and unavailable sacraments.
– Sexually-abused children and young people and ineffective clerical response to correct this institutional sin.
– Dwindling financial support and widespread fiscal mismanagement.
– Paternalistic, monarchical leadership that is often unresponsive, repressive, and ineffective.
– A seriously compromised social justice mission–because internal institutional justice is lacking.
– Catholics abandoning the Church with demoralizing frequency.
– A community starved for a spirituality that fits our modern lives, consistent with out maturity, experience and education.
American Catholic Council (Declaration of Reform and Renewal)
I am not an advocate of the ACC. I am not an advocate of Sr Sally. I am an advocate of you, surfers, and as your advocate I would like to open a discussion. Are you getting what you need from your Bishops? The Archdiocese of Detroit tells us the Bishops have the authority to respond to our Catholic Family. Along with the authority goes the responsibility. Sr Sally is not abandoning the Church, and she is managing her local family spirituality with the help of the Holy Spirit. There is no secret that the Bishops and I do not see eye-to-eye on some topics, but I am not abandoning the Church, with a lot of help from the Holy Spirit. What about you?
All politics is local
– Thomas P. (Tip) O’Neill, Jr., former Speaker of the House
This quote is true of our Catholic Family as well. Everything comes down to the little Catholic families that make up our big Catholic Family. Are the Bishops losing the support of our individual families? Your individual family?