• Rick Worthington
    October 15, 2015 Reply

    Well said. We as a family should be doing all of those things, especially eating meals as a family.

  • Mary Kelemen
    October 16, 2015 Reply

    Your Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan,
    Bravo for encouraging so many beautiful Catholic Traditions that have gone by the wayside in most Catholic families. But I was very disappointed that you neglected to mention the praying of the Rosary. It is the most powerful prayer of the Church next to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. The devil does not want us fingering those precious powerful beads because they are the chain that will bind him to Hell. Please encourage the faithful to pray this most efficacious prayer given to us by our Holy Mother Mary. She does nothing without the permission of Her divine Son so we can confidently say that Jesus wills us to pray the Rosary also! May God bless you and all those who shepherd the flock!

  • Mrs H Hart
    October 16, 2015 Reply

    Dear Father,
    We are an Anglo-Catholic family – my husband is a priest in the Church of England – who try to live a catholic life and the things you list in your post are also part of our traditions and family practises. However, if a ‘protestant’ lay woman may comment, one of the most important aspects of Christian family life is missing from your list. Surely a Christian family cannot live a holy and wholesome life if it does not open itself up in hospitality. To teach each other and the children to open up our hearts and homes – especially to those who have no immediate family of their own – is one of those practises that seem often to be forgotten in our busy lives. It can be hard work – sacrificial even – but such is God’s love that we have to show the world and few things give more blessings in return. For our love to be divine – like in the Trinity – it has to flow freely and without jealousy, even outside the home, in order to not be diminished to an insular and fearful human version. Hospitality is intrinsic to all Christian family life, in church, in religious communities and in our family homes.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog!
    Mrs Hanna Hart, Hemsworth, England

  • Susan Varenne
    October 16, 2015 Reply

    I really love all these suggestions. When the church abandoned so many pious practices after Vatican II, many people lost their sense of prayer and ritual celebration. There wasn’t much left except the Novus Ordo. It is great to encourage people celebrate their Catholic life. I’m all for more novenas, holy hours, penance services, Stations, May processions, etc. Children love these activities.

  • Monica
    October 17, 2015 Reply

    Families need to learn this . They can’t do things they don’t know about. No one is teaching this The nuns no longer are teaching in Catholic schools and the younger teachers haven’t a clue about Catholic traditions. We all learned by example, but as the older generation has passed on those traditions have disappeared. Please share this with all parish priests so they can give it to their parishioners.


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