(Quote) Amber-931533 said:
Thank you everyone for participating in the forums we have had some great and infor...
(Quote) Amber-931533 said:
Thank you everyone for participating in the forums we have had some great and informative topics. Joining the Catholic Church is the best thing I've done - glad to be here. While learning about the Faith I've learned new definitions for words like abstinence, fasting and continence. It still sounds weird to my ears to talk about meatless Fridays as practicing abstinence, growing up Protestant abstinence meant practicing chastity....
So those words have different meanings to me now as a Catholic then they did before and it makes me wonder what other things are different. Is there anything, not limited to vocabulary, it could be cultural, that you think it would be helpful for someone who didn't grow up as a Catholic to know?
Any assumptions, cultural norms etc. that it might be nice to know about? Suppose I meet and date someone from CM when do couples normally start praying the rosary together? Is going to Mass together a get to know you thing as friends or something you do when you are more seriously dating? Normal Sunday Mass in English is all I am familiar with; is not having the same liturgical preference no big deal or something people consider a 'must have' in someone they want to date? Are there cultural norms for Catholic dating for practicing Catholics?
Perhaps you're more up to date than some cradle Catholics. Not intending to demean or insult them, but some of the things we learned years ago, we have forgotten because they haven't been brought up for a long time. Your studying of the Church's teachings is fresher in your mind, having gone through the process more recently.
Don't feel badly if you have difficulty understanding some of the terminology and definitions. The Faith is complicated, and it is difficult for us ordinary folks to comprehend a lot of it. Also, there isn't anyone who totally undertands everything about it because it involves many mysteries. If we had total knowledge, we'd be equal to God in intellect, but, as you know, that is impossible.
You'll become more familiar with the Church as you practice and hear about the Church's teachings. Perhaps a Bible study class would be helpful. Or the currently used Catechism of the Catholic Church -- a wealth of information.
You mentioned abstinence specifically. It has the same meaning, but you are applying it to two different things. Abstinence means "to refrain from". Thus, it is correct to use the word as it applies to meatless Fridays and matters of chastity.
Going to Mass with anyone at anytime is always a good idea. If you notice the CM gatherings and events, they will ensure that they are allowing for Mass attendance, usually as a group. This is true in virtually all cases. The Rosary can be said at anytime also, although it may seem unusual to do this with someone you've just met. Circumstances (such as visiting a ceremony at a special religious service) may dictate otherwise. As a newcomer to the Catholic Faith, you'll find that most Masses are in English. The traditional Latin Mass isn't commonly said but it would enhance your experience to attend one in your area when you have a chance to do so.
I'm not sure what you're including in what you call cultural norms, so I'll leave it to others to comment.
Last but not least -- welcome to the fold.