Here are a few questions regarding how practioners of the Catholic faith understand certain aspects of their practice and theology. Anyone who would care to resond is welcome and I look forward to hearing what people have to say.
- What does the Sacrament of Reconciliation mean to you and how does it affect your day-to-day life? How does Catholic teaching on reconciliation motivate you to deal with conflicts with other Christians? Does going to confession at times function as a substitute for confessing to people whom you have wronged?
- What is your experience with the Catholic laity as a whole? What level of participation and understanding do you sense among Catholic congregants on a broad scope?
- Do you have any experiences with indulgences? Please tell if you do.
- How does Marian devotion impact your spiritual life (if it does)?
- What does “infallibility” of the teaching office of the church mean in your view?
- What differences do you see between the participation, general sense of identity and commitment between people who were raised Catholic and people who have converted to Catholicism?
Thanks to whoever will indulge me with answers to some of these questions. I hope this kind of inquiry can be a form of the sort of “spiritual ecumenism” that Vatican II calls for.