Should we bring these traditions back?

On this episode of "The Catholic Gentleman," Sam Guzman and John Heinen discuss several rich Catholic traditions we desperately need back in our faith lives.

The episode says, “These practices have been either marginalized or forgotten, but have great value for the Church and our individual pursuit of holiness.” 🙌

1. Scapulars

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“Wearing a scapular is a reminder of being under Mary’s mantle, being under her protection, and being devoted to her,” Guzman explains.

As a physical sign of consecration to Mary, it reminds you to live a holy life.

2. Friday Abstinence

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Heinen says we’re still required “to abstain from something on Fridays to remember [Jesus'] Passion, suffering, and death for us.”

The First Friday Devotion, with nine consecutive First Fridays dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, promises the grace of final perseverance!

3. Daily Devotions

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Daily devotions like the 54-Day Rosary Novena, Perpetual Novena, the Angelus, Liturgy of the Hours, or Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, can sanctify your day.

Heinen says they help “remind yourself that you are doing all things under confident abandonment to God’s Holy Will.”

4. Gregorian Masses

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This is a profound way to pray for the souls of the departed.

Imagine the efficacy and the joy of the Mass being offered up to 30 times for an individual,” Heinen says. 

5. Sacramentals

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Sacramentals are tangible reminders of God’s grace. “Oil, water, salt...they can all be powerful means of communicating divine graces,” says Sam. These blessed items can be great spiritual tools in our daily lives.

6. The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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This feast celebrates Saint John the Baptist’s role in heralding Christ and fosters community. Traditionally marked with bonfires, it connects us with the changing seasons and liturgical calendar.

“Catholic traditions aren’t all solemn and pious; there can be a lot of fun involved too,” Guzman says.

7) Ember Days 

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Ember Days are seasonal times of asking for God’s blessings on the harvest and protection from calamities.

“We are asking God to help us use the goods of His earth in moderation.”

Heinen says these days help us recognize our dependence on God and our role as stewards of His creation.

The gentlemen say celebrating these traditions will enrich our spiritual lives and connect to the Church’s rich history!

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