- Which Catholic prayer/devotion do you like the most?
- Praying the Rosary
- Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Wearing the Brown Scapular
- Wearing the Miraculous Medal
- Praying the Stations of the Cross
As for last week's poll ("What is your favorite religions order?"), here are the results:
I think St. Thomas Aquinas is responsible for the popularity of the Dominicans. Very few men have effected the way Catholics think about the world and understand their faith the way Aquinas has. His use of "accidents" and "substance" to describe transubstantiation and the Real Presence in the Eucharist made a profound impact on me when I first learned it. From what I can tell, the Dominicans have effectively continued his work in the world through their teaching, writing, and scholarship (they aren't called the "order of preachers" for nothing). Oddly enough, even one of my teachers here at Franciscan University was a Dominican, and he gave an excellent systematic presentation of the theology of the Church (ecclesiology).
Of course, St. Francis (whose order came in second place) will always be an endearing Catholic figure as well. This man, who loved lepers and the poor, renounced the riches and glory of this world so as to embrace the least of his brethren and spread the Gospel of Christ. Francis was a man singularly devoted to the Will of the Lord and the salvation of souls. In his time, Francis' preaching and his example led hundreds of people from all walks of life to follow him, and he still has that effect today. He was truly a holy man of God.
The orders voted on in the "Other" category were the Carthusians, the Legionaries of Christ, the Cistercians, and the Congregation of Holy Cross. For more information on these and the other five religious orders, see the following links:
- Franciscan Order
- Order of Preachers
- The Benedictine Order
- The Society of Jesus
- The Carmelite Order
- The Carthusian Order
- Legionaries of Christ
- Holy Cross Congregation