Some of the most faithful and devout Catholics I know are those who are simple in their faith. This simplicity manifests itself by attending Mass every Sunday and daily if possible. They go to confession frequently, sometimes once a week. They pray the rosary daily, light votive candles and pray novenas. They seek the gifts of indulgences and know what they must do to receive them. At home they are good parents, good siblings and have a concern for those in need.
They truly believe that Jesus Christ is present in the Most Holy Eucharist and the other sacraments of the Church. They have a great reverence and devotion to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. They pray frequently during the day and are sure to say their morning and evening prayers as well as prayers before meals.
They respect the precepts of the Church (canon law) and would never intentionally break any of God's commandments or the laws of the Church especially as it regards marriage and support of the Church.
It seems to me that if we give our children a foundation in the practice of the faith as I have described above, that our children would hold onto the faith, or if they became backsliders, they would eventually return to the faith if they had religious practices and devotions to embrace and experience.
I can't imagine a person who prays the rosary daily, seeks indulgences frequently, attends Mass weekly and goes to confession monthly ever leaving the faith for a Protestant denomination or no belief whatsoever. I guess it could happen, but it seems to me that if one has devotional practices and a cursory knowledge of Church teaching and is committed to Jesus and the Church He founded, then that person would remain faithful until death.
What has happened to the nearly 75% of Catholics who do not attend Mass regularly? Is it they have no commitment to any of the devotions and religious practices that I have described? They haven't had them instilled in them let alone practiced them. How did we allow nearly two generations of the majority of our members to fall from the faithful practice of the faith? Your comments and opinions would be appreciated.