You might be a generaton X Catholic..

You might be a generaton X Catholic...

a Catholic mother’s reflection

You might be a generation X Catholic if the following have no, or little, meaning to you:

  • Sacred Tradition
  • Sanctifying Grace
  • Sacramental
  • Corporeal Works of Mercy
  • Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • Indulgences
  • Mass Cards
  • Having a Mass said for a deceased relative and/or significance
  • Act of Contrition
  • Scapular
  • Pentecost
  • 4 Marks of the Church
  • 4 Last Things
  • Mortal and/or Venial Sin
  • Communion of Saints
  • Purgatory
  • Transubstantiation
  • Immaculate Conception (or you believe incorrectly it was when Jesus was conceived)
  • Papal Infallibility

You might be A generation X Catholic if

  • You have never seen a confessional with a screen or even had an option
  • You have never seen a priest from your age group unless it was from a 3rd world country
  • You have no clue who your Bishop is and are not sure who the current pope is
  • You do not see the value in infant Baptism
  • You might think the Eucharist is a symbol of Christ instead of his real presence
  • You heard very little about Saints and/or their lives
  • You were taught that if you thought about it, prayed about it, and it still seems OK, then it was morally OK.
  • You HAVE to go to Mass at Christmas and Easter but the rest of the time it is optional
  • You can sum up all the CCD classes and 12 years of Catholic School as: God is good, Jesus loves you and love your neighbor
  • You don’t know why certain people seemed to panic when you couldn’t recite the 10 commandments.
  • Adultery was committed by married people.  Duh!
  • You would describe yourself as more spiritual than anything else..
  • You think as long as someone acts OK they can get to heaven
  • You have seen rosaries but think they would make a cool necklace and don’t know how to pray it

10 thoughts on “You might be a generaton X Catholic..

  1. I’m definitely not generation x…in fact, the older I get the closer I embrace the traditions, sacramental’s, etc.

    I think the pendulum is beginning to swing the other way and we are going to see more young people embracing the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and the pre-vatican II teachings of the Catholic Church. We’ve certainly seen an uptick in young men joining the priesthood and women are entering the convents at a greater speed also…in fact some of the orders are in dire need of expanding their facilities to house them all. Not to mention, the women’s orders that are more traditional and wear the Habit are the one’s who are getting the most women wanting to join.

    There is definitely a “war” going on with those religious orders who are fighting the new language in the Mass and our Pope, but they are dwindling, thank goodness.

    My prayers are always for more young people to spend time in the Adoration Chapels that are opening up in parishes throughout the country. The parish in which I belong is in town and there is a college campus right behind our Church. It’s not that unusual to see student dropping in at the Adoration Chapel for a quick prayer. And the college is not a Catholic one either. That’s a very good sign. Our parish also started having an 8:00 pm Sunday Mass for the students at the college to attend because a lot of them are working part time jobs on Saturday and Sunday and can’t attend the regular Masses. Turns out that this Mass is always crowded, and the music is from a group of kids from the college…they do a great job, too!

    There is still hope for us yet!!!!!

  2. It’s stories like that that keep my hope up. Thanks for the info…

    I think a lot of it has to do with proper foundational instruction. One of the things I want to do as a deacon (if God really wants me, that is) is to promote family catechesis, and help understanding some of the difficult stances of our faith…like loving our spouses enough to die for them, chastity because I want to, not just because the Church says so…loving the sinner while hating the sin (even if it’s your sin, too)…I want to get people away from just being cultural Catholics.

  3. You inspired me to write my blog post today, check it out. I think it will put a smile on your face. 🙂

    And you would make a great deacon! Go for it!

  4. I will seek discernment with the next class. I’ve already taken 2 1/2 years of a pastoral ministry program and it looks like the new class starts end of next year…

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  6. I appreciated the pope’s apology the other day, because I WAS a generation X Catholic who was without a clue, to put it nicely. God is good though and didn’t seem content in keeping me that way! BTW, I hate the labels, Generation X and baby boomers…but use them anyway.

  7. I agree about the labels, it’s just another way to generalize about a group of people. It’s racism against a group.

    One thing I appreciate about the church in general is that she always remembers to return to her roots. Catechesis is the answer. Knowledge is power.

    Regarding staying that way, Fr. Wade Menezes is fond of saying that “God accepts you as He made you, but loves you too much to leave you as you are.” Of course, you have to hear His still, small voice…

  8. Yes.
    If I am to refer to myself as any generation, I would rather it be JPII generation. That is funny to write because I know very little about him.
    I kept that Generation X because that is how we are referred to when it is being discussed in how to address us. It is also used in the secular world.

  9. In an earlier post, I suggested reading the documents of the Church. I would encourage you to download one of JPII’s encyclicals, something that pertains to something you’re interested in, and read it. Get to know him. Just as Jesus wants us to get to know Him by reading His Word, we should know our faith by reading our documents. If you need suggestions, let me know.

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