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Who has time to be Catholic in this busy, modern world?

Discussion in 'Same Faith Debates' started by Jonathan Bailey, May 26, 2019.

  1. Jonathan Bailey

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    Considering getting back into the fold: coming home to Jesus in an Affirmed Church this time.
    Going to mass everyday.
    Saying the rosary with those long drawn-out repetitive prayers.

    The Protestants come with much less excessive baggage in their practices.

    Say grace at meals.
    Say bedtime prayers.
    Pray here and there from the heart as the soul feels the need to.
    Read a chapter from the Book a day: one from the OT and one from the NT.
    Go to church on Sunday mornings and Christian holidays.
    Fellowship and maybe take a bible class when time permits.
    Do a good deed from the heart here and there.
    Be kind and charitable.
    Be forgiving and understanding.
    Be selfless, not selfish.
    Have a worldly job and be a productive member of society.
    Have Christ in your heart and on your mind as you carry on throughout the day.
    Have a beer or a hamburger now and then: live in moderation.
    Don't smoke ever and don't drink heavily.
    Seek self-improvement as college and physical fitness.
    Shun dope like the plague.
    Avoid involvement with prostitution.
    Steer away from criminal temptations.
    Try not to cuss too much.
    Try to avoid gambling and financial self-destruction.
    Find more joy in giving than in taking.
    Be honest: refrain from lying, cheating and stealing, especially from the poor.

    Not much is really needed to be a proper Christian and live a good life.
     
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  2. Landon Caeli

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    Catholics are not required to do the rosary. Ever. Catholics do not go to Mass daily either. Just on Sundays.
     
  3. Left Coast

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    Our religion is super simple!

    *lists two dozen rules*

    See?
     
  4. Jonathan Bailey

    Jonathan Bailey Active Member

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    But most of those rules don't require special times to be devoted. Life is short. There are only so many hours in a day and only 7 days per week.

    Please tell me about your Christian time management?
     
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    I only use atheist time management these days.
     
  6. Musing Bassist

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    What better use of your time could there be than to attend to the things that pertain to God and your spiritual state? To things that determine your eternity?

    Look, aside from the few days of obligation, which vary from country to country, Catholicism obliges you to attend Mass once a week on Sundays. That's about an hour a week. Of course, beyond that you ought to set aside time each day for personal prayer, spiritual reading and contemplation. But as an absolute minimum Catholicism doesn't demand all that much in terms of formal observance. This absolute minimum comprises the Precepts of the Church. (Linked below). Catholicism's real demands are in its moral teaching. Which should be the case for any serious notion of Christianity.
    Catechism of the Catholic Church - IntraText

    Protestants are not a unified group. Some sects demand almost nothing from you (morally or ritually) and others are rigidly puritanical even to the point of eschewing almost all technological developments beyond the seventeenth century.

    But to answer your original question. Who has time to be a Catholic? The answer is everyone and anyone remotely serious about their Catholicism.
     
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    ***mod: Same Faith Debates area has special rules. Only people of the same faith in the title, please.***
     
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