Saturday, October 6, 2012
SUPERFICIAL OR DEEPLY ROOTED CATHOLICISM--HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
Is there a connection between right worship and right living? Of course, whether one worships in a more traditional Catholic way or in a more contemporary Catholic way, we are all sinners. But I wonder if there is any empirical data to indicate that traditional Catholics know their faith better and have a better formed conscience compared to their contemporary counterparts.
The limited data that I've seen in our own traditional Mass is that there are many families who attend who have five, six and seven children. This tells me they are pro-life and see children as a gift as well as a sacrifice. They are open to having large families even if this means their lifestyle is not as materialistic as it might have been if they had fewer children.
It also seems to me that traditional Catholics make use of the Sacrament of Penance more frequently and take it most seriously.
I guess one could ask the question or pose the dilemma in a different way. Does contemporary Catholicism form superficial Catholics who merely seek to fulfill their desire for feel good Christianity and worship. And does traditional Catholicism form Catholics who are deeper in intent and take things more seriously? Just wondering.