It has been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything to my blog. So, I think I’ll start today by highlighting two other blogs. Both show the influence of secularism on how Catholics practice their faith. You may find the posts discouraging or you might find them motivating. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section of this blog.
Bishop Paul D. Etienne of the Diocese of Cheyenne, writes a blog called The Truth in Love. Today his post was a reflection on statistics from Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Here is how his post began:
The Diocese of Cheyenne claims to have 55,000 registered Catholics. Great! A recent estimate from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) states that if we included all the non-registered, self-identifying Catholics, the total Catholic population would be more like 110,000. Another statistic reveals that on any given Sunday, we average around 16,600 Catholics attending Mass. Not so great.
Those simple statistics beg the question: “What is at the heart of the life of a believer?” The simple answer is Jesus Christ. We do not fit God into our life. God is the Center around Whom we build our life. We ask: “What is God’s priority for my life?”
Read the rest at this link: The Life of the Believer Revolves around Christ
My father taught me to pray when I was a little girl. From him I learned traditional Catholic prayers as well as how to pray in my own words. As a child I assumed that’s what all dads or mothers did. When I was a mother I taught my child to pray, and I prayed with her. I would have assumed the same for other parents. Grace Urbanski, who writes a blog called Praying with Grace for the Apostleship of Prayer ministry quoted Pope Francis who recently urged parents to teach their children to pray. She also referenced a CARA study on young Catholic families. Here are some findings Grace cited concerning family prayer:
We were surprised to read some of CARA’s findings on family prayer, but encouraged by the call to redouble our efforts:
- The Holy Cross Family Ministries website cites their CARA survey, saying that, while 71 percent of parents acknowledge that prayer is critical to faith life, “only about 36 percent pray at least once a day.”
- The second special report on Demographics reveals that not many families pray together. Instead, parents who do pray “consider prayer to be their personal conversation with God.”
- In reporting on the surveys, the National Catholic Register commented, “One of the starting places for the evangelization of the family will be family prayer. According to CARA, most parents agreed prayer was essential, but more than three out of four parents preferred to pray alone.” Curiously, families “were not likely to pray together before meals or together as a family.”
You can read Grace’s entire article here: Teach Your Children How to Pray