Spinoff on Holy Days
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Credo wrote in another thread:
Quote: It's because of this kind of legalism that I think the whole concept of "holy days of obligation" should be chucked. It serves to make the devout paranoid about how much their worship "counted." The only people who care about such holy days are amongst the pious anyway, so why cause complexes amongst the faithful?

I agree that legalism does creep in. That's been a problem with religion since Biblical days, it's nothing new. Jesus wasn't able to eradicate it, how are we to?

But that's not the topic. I'd like to discuss the pros and cons of increasing the demands of our faith.

What's the Hollywood image of Catholics, well, Hollywood until 20 years ago? Rosary Beads, Fish on Friday, Ashes on the forehead, nuns and priests in habits, always fasting for something. We're all familiar with the stereotypes. So how come they don't match the reality at all?

What's the stereotype of Mormons? Big families, Boys in polyester suits, family home evening on Mondays, no cola, no coffee. Still fits.

Stereotype of Baptists? Bible-toting, wear a suit to church, no booze. Still fits.

Stereotype of Sikhs? Turban. Beard. Still fits. And it must be no fun getting mistaken for a muslim by ignorant bigots, either.

We've lost our identity.

One of my favorite books is called About Face, by David Hackworth. One of his maxims as an infantry officer was, "The harder they train, the more they brag." It's true!

Look at the Marines. They demand a little more, they brag a lot, and I've never met a Marine that wasn't proud of being a Marine. Look at the high school football team. "The coach made us do 100 pushups on red-hot blacktop then run 3 miles in 110 degree weather before we started practice." That's not complaining, that's bragging! 

We need to return to real - not this token stuff with snacks that don't equal a full meal - fasting , abstinence every Friday, and Holy Days of Obligation on the Holy Day of Obligation. No moves. No dispensations. Make some demands and people will take pride in meeting the challenge. Sure, they'll crab at work that they can't go somewhere tonight because they have to go to Mass, or they can't eat that because it's Friday. But then there's a certain amount of self-satisfaction from acting Catholic. And that will make one a better Catholic. The whole point of the discipline of fasting and abstinence is that if you can overcome this small weakness, you can overcome others.

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Spinoff on Holy Days - by SoCalLocal - 01-11-2010, 01:27 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by Louis_Martin - 01-11-2010, 01:38 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by SCG - 01-11-2010, 01:52 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by RalphKramden - 01-11-2010, 08:48 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by Historian - 01-11-2010, 09:45 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by glgas - 01-11-2010, 09:48 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by SearchingCatholic - 01-11-2010, 10:26 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by Historian - 01-11-2010, 11:25 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by Historian - 01-11-2010, 11:40 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by timoose - 01-11-2010, 11:46 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by SCG - 01-11-2010, 12:31 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by SCG - 01-11-2010, 12:39 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by JayneK - 01-11-2010, 02:21 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by timoose - 01-11-2010, 04:05 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by JayneK - 01-11-2010, 04:27 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by timoose - 01-11-2010, 04:40 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by Historian - 01-11-2010, 06:09 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by Baskerville - 01-11-2010, 10:25 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by JayneK - 01-11-2010, 11:02 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by Satori - 01-11-2010, 11:19 PM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by JacafamalaRedux - 01-12-2010, 05:55 AM
Re: Spinoff on Holy Days - by RalphKramden - 01-12-2010, 08:33 AM



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