Today marks the beginning of The Year of Faith!
Catholic Culture has a comprehensive list of web resources for your clicking pleasure.
Here are three suggestions from Yours Truly:
1). Commit to making more and better use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I hear confessions daily and can tell you that too many Catholics allow themselves to remain "stuck" outside God's loving mercy b/c they falsely believe that God cannot or will not forgive their sins. Your sins are already forgiven! Go to confession and receive the forgiveness God has freely given you.
2). Make Sunday Mass a priority. Not only is Sunday Mass attendance a precept of the Church, it is also the best way to start your week off right. Don't allow football games, shopping, "family time," etc. prevent you and your family from spending (at most) an hour and a half of your Sunday at Mass. While I'm here, let me rail against "parish shopping." Go to your parish church for Mass. I know, I know: the choir at your parish is awful; the pastor is a heretic; they have chubby, middle-aged liturgical dancers. . .none of that will change if you aren't there to encourage change. How do you think the Spirit of Vatican Two Peace Bong crowd managed to take over and ruin your parish in the first place? Hint: they didn't all run to St. Bozo's b/c they liked the hootenanny Mass better. They stayed where they were and worked from the inside. Follow their example.
3). You knew this one was coming: Demand better preaching! I won't flog this. Suffice it to say, preaching in the RCC will not improve until Catholics demand/expect/reward better preaching. I'm heartened to read accounts from all over the world of good preaching. Things are improving. But we have a long way to go._____________
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