Monday, May 25, 2009

Thoughts on Catholic Catechism Chapter 2: Tradition vs. Culture

I remember hearing the differences of Tradition and culture being described as the 2 traditions, one with a capital “T” and the other with a lower case “t”. It was confusing to say the least.

While there was no doubt of the significance of tradition in my faith, there was a great deal of controversy about how to practice it correctly, in view of capital T traditions, giving flexibility to lower case t accommodations.

It turns out that Tradition is handed down from Sacred Scripture, referring everything back to its original source, the Word of God. Scripture came from the Holy Spirit, given by Jesus Himself in word, deed, and inspiration. We should remember here that Tradition started with the Ministry of Jesus, before the New Testament was produced in written form.

Keeping this in mind, I now like to think of lower case t traditions as cultures within the church. “These are the particular forms, adapted to different places and times, in which the great Tradition is expressed. In the light of Tradition, these traditions can be retained, modified or even abandoned under the guidance of the Church’s magisterium.” CCC

There is only one way to celebrate Tradition in the Catholic Church, the way that directs toward God. There are many traditions, or
cultures and practices, which help us appreciate the Tradition God the Father gave us through Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Les Zsoldos shares stories of people who have converted to the Catholic faith, having discovered Tradition within its culture.

In honor of Memorial Day and remembrance of all soldiers, I have found an article on being a Christian soldier for you. Robert Searles is very passionate as he challenges all Christians to be firm in our beliefs and convictions.

Traditions and cultures differ within the Catholic Church, and especially throughout Christianity. Fr. Orestes goes back in time, to the roots of Christianity, sharing insights on the cooperation and influence of both.