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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Lenten Daily Dose - 1st Tuesday
The good Catholic Christian
How to be a good Catholic Christian:
Learn: to genuflect, the sign of the cross, about five or six basic prayers
Learn what to say, when to sit, stand and kneel at Mass
If you were not raised Catholic then find somebody to take you through a catechism class.
What to do to be a good Catholic Christian:
Go to confession at least once a year or so
Attend Mass once a week
While growing up: get Baptized, receive your first communion, make your first reconciliation, get confirmed. Optional stuff in your adult life includes: getting married, becoming a priest, and/or getting anointed when you are sick. NOTE: if you are coming into the Catholic Church later in life, much of this is done at one time)
Make contributions to your parish
Optional would be to attend a retreat at least once in your life
When to be a good Catholic Christian:
Sunday at Mass for sure
Holy days of obligation
Anytime your kid experiences one of their first sacraments
Funerals and marriages are nice
At special events in the parish
At the most basic level, if you do the above list you will be fine. You will fit in. You will be accepted. You may even feel good.
Why be a good Catholic Christian:
Because that is what your parents taught you
You might not be a good person if you are not Catholic
Because your spouse asked you to when you got married
Because the parish social life is really nice
I know my list of “why be a good Catholic Christian” is not complete. My challenge to some of you readers is to speak up. Being a Christian is not a spectator sport. You are called to be active in the game. Most of us reading this blog know: what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. But why be a good Catholic Christian? Get courageous; tell us why to be a good Catholic Christian.
My deepest hope is that there are readers out there who are burning to share their experiences and thoughts. My hope is that these readers have the courage to use their words to write what is on their hearts. My hope is that the replies we get on this blog reflect a spirituality and relationship with God that only serve to enhance the religious experience of being Catholic. My hope is that we get many responses.
My minimum desire is that if nobody post a comment that each reader will ask the deeper questing of “Why am I a Catholic Christian” The question is worth pondering.