I wanted to know more about saying grace after meals. I had never heard of doing this until my sister mentioned that her boyfriend (who is Catholic) says grace before and after, and she wanted to learn the prayer so she could say it with him. I’m a recent convert and the only one in my immediate family who is Catholic so she asked me to find it for her. I looked in my Bible and sure enough…there was a prayer for after meals. My grandparents are Catholic, and my husband and his family are Catholic and they don’t do this. Only the grace before meals. I started to read in the catechism to see if there were rules that said you had to say grace before and after, but I didn’t find anything.
Is this a tradition that most Catholics participate in? Was there a time when this was normal and the practice has just fallen to the wayside?
I appreciate your insight.