Friday, May 12, 2017
FOLKS, THIS IS MY FATHER'S 1950'S CATHOLICISM
Pope Francis is 1950's America when it comes to Marian devotions, Catholic piety and apparitions.
His Holiness is also of my Dad's pre-Vatican II, 1950's Catholicism not to talk about the Faith with non Catholics or an in your face Catholicism. That short of proselytizing was considered "O so Protestant."
In fact my dad taught me that we should wear our scapular, crosses and medals under our clothes, people should know we are Catholic by the manner of our humble lives not by religious emblems although he allowed a plastic statue of the Sacred Heart on the dashboard of our 1953 Chevy.
My father only sent secular Christmas cards too.
This all ties in with Pope Francis' vision of the new evangelization which is the 1950's version of how to attract people to our Faith, not through coercion of babble but attractiveness of a humble life formed by our Catholic Faith.
Here is a Vatican Radio's reporter articulating Pope Francis' evangelization vision:
That, I believe, is the key to Pope Francis’ visit: his confidence in the message of Fatima – at bottom a call to conversion – to reach a world that sorely needs it, and for the Christian faithful to be the carriers of that message into the world, by means of simple acts of pious devotion that have immense power – not to persuade, but to attract.