I have friends who ask me why I bother learning prayers in Latin and why I want to learn it someday. It got me thinking about why other people feel Latin is important.
I have a friend who’s family is Armenian Orthodox and in general speech they often use single Armenian words, whether because they are more appropriate, becase it’s a family member (She always calls her aunt by the Armenian word for ‘aunt’ for example) or because it might be a rude word and so they use Armenian. Another family I used to know would speak Spanish to each other, especially when the parents needed to reprimand their children in front of others.
That’s sort of how I feel about Latin; it’s our family’s language. It makes our conversations more private and personal because only members of our family (God, Mary, and the Saints included of course) usually understand it. It seperates us from others in a good way, especially to remind us that we’re to be seperate from the world.
I’ve thought about raising my kids (someday…maybe) with Latin being spoken in our home, if I can ever master it well enough, much like my Armenian Orthodox friend uses Armenian. Strangely, my friends understand this, because they can see the help it would be in school!
So why do you think Latin is important?