BASIC QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, PART 6
4. What is the relationship between popular devotions and culture?
The Catholic faith is thus able to enter into every culture, and people are able to live the faith in their own culhires, once these cultures have been purified of elements foreign to the Catholic faith. While this enculh1ration of the faith takes place in the lihirgy, popular devotions carry the faith a step deeper into the everyday life of a particular culture. When properly ordered to the liturgy, popular devotions perform an irreplaceable function of bringing worship into daily life for people of various cultures and times. "The liturgy is the criterion; it is the living form of the Church as a whole, fed directly by the Gospel. Popular piety is a sign that the faith is spreading its roots into the heart of a people in such a way that it reaches into daily life." Popular devotions alJow the practice of the faith to pass beyond the bounds of the Church's official liturgy and to penneate more thoroughly the daily lives of people in their own culture.