Father, What has happened to religious medals, frequent prayers and devotions since the 1960s?That is a very good question. I guess in some respects, people just grew out of them for some reason or other. Not for valid reasons mind you. I remember in the second grade we were given scapulars to wear, and by the third grade, I don't think any of us was still wearing them. I started wearing one again when in college, along with a cross. However, every now and again, I will find myself going a few days without it (I always take them off for showers), and will start in again.
I think many people, just feel that they are a hassle, but for the most part, they can be a wonderful reminder to us of loved ones.... esp. God's love for us.
I think that the major thing that happened since the 60's is that we entered into the me, and the I era, where if something tangible, something concrete is not in it for me, then I'm not going to do it. People today want it right here, right now, and for as little as possible. People today are independent... I can do it myself, and I don't need help from anyone, and a lot of times that even goes so far as saying we don't need God's help.
The moral decay of our society has done a lot to when and how we live our faith. We are more concerned about what others think, than about what God thinks. We'll drop anything and everything to go to a ball game, but we need 2 weeks notice to go to church. Well, enough of the lecture.....
Fr. RayDECLARATION ON MASONIC ASSOCIATIONS Issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on November 26, 1983.