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Reply To: What are 3 tangible ways that you can personally improve your relationships with Christians from other traditions?

Emily McCray

The understanding and respect of people of other faith traditions are important. Therefore, three tangible ways I can personally improve relationships with people of other faith backgrounds are as follows: First, read books about other faith traditions. For example, right now I am reading a book entitled This Is Our Faith: A Catholic Catechism For Adults. This has given me a greater understanding of the importance of respecting tradition and symbolism in the Catholic faith. The role Blessed Mother Mary plays in being an example of piety and devotion to Christ. Second, listen to people of other faith backgrounds, and be friends with them. This example is what brings other people’s views to life when you can listen to someone talk about their experiences in another faith denomination. For example, I have a friend who is Catholic, and hearing him talk about experiences he has had during Mass and praying to God is remarkable. His devotion looks different than mine, but I did not doubt Christ’s work throughout his life.
Third, incorporate practices of other faith traditions that resonate with you. For example, I have found myself attending Mass periodically and enjoying it. The reverence and ancient liturgy in Catholic Mass is beautiful. Lastly, I incorporated using saint’s prayers or prayer books in my own personal time with God as a way to focus my attention on Him.