Who Needs Men in Church?
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(06-07-2016, 10:09 AM)Pilgrim Wrote: If the article is right about the children of devout fathers having a greater chance of maintaining their faith into adulthood, then part of the modern crisis of the Church is the lack of lay male involvement.

My husband and I were talking a bit about this last night. Out of 17 grandchildren, I'm the only one who practices the faith my grandparents so lovingly practiced. None of their children practiced as adults. None of their daughters married Catholics, including my mother.

I often went to Mass with my grandparents as a child, at least up until my grandmother died when I was 11. I am the second-oldest grandchild by a fair margin, and lived near them so I had the benefit of frequent contact. I remember her influence, much more than any of my siblings or cousins who the majority would have been preschoolers or not even yet born by the time she died.

But you know what I remember the most? My grandfather serving as acolyte. Often when we went to Mass he was doing that. That devotion, that service, is something that stuck with me all these years, even after years of not being in the Church in my teens and early 20s. I mean, I remember my grandmother, saying rosary, the icons in the home, all of that stuff - but when I try to imagine what faith and service and piety means I picture my grandfather dressed in those garments, doing the things he did.

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Who Needs Men in Church? - by PrairieMom - 06-06-2016, 09:06 PM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by divinesilence80 - 06-06-2016, 11:00 PM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by introvert - 06-07-2016, 01:04 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by formerbuddhist - 06-07-2016, 05:38 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by Pilgrim - 06-07-2016, 10:09 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by PrairieMom - 06-07-2016, 10:10 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by PrairieMom - 06-07-2016, 10:23 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by Zubr - 06-07-2016, 10:59 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by Pilgrim - 06-07-2016, 09:07 PM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by introvert - 06-08-2016, 12:46 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by Pilgrim - 06-08-2016, 10:38 AM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by introvert - 06-08-2016, 12:25 PM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by PrairieMom - 06-08-2016, 03:00 PM
Re: Who Needs Men in Church? - by introvert - 06-08-2016, 03:29 PM



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