Are Catholics Crazy?

Are Catholics Crazy?

Are Catholics Crazy?

That’s a great question, actually. First, some background:

I grew up in a small town that was 10% Catholic. Since there are 13 in my family of origin, we made up a chunk of our congregation.

My classmates were Lutheran, Methodist or they just practiced their faith on their own.

It did not matter. They were my friends and I have amazing, fond, fun, crazy memories of grade school and high school.

In college I delighted in meeting people of all faiths. I was especially drawn to foreign students and I forged many friendships with students from China.

College was also, for the first time in my life, about being surrounded by Catholics. The Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was THE place to go. It was there that I met and married my Catholic husband, Russ.

After graduation we moved to St. Louis, where I taught at a Catholic school for five years (loved it) then we made our way to Wichita.

It was during those first several years in Wichita where Russ and I had major conversions towards our Catholic faith. (I’ll tell you more about that later, most likely.)

Russ and I eventually became part of a nutritional company, Reliv. As we grew in that company, I began to know and trust the leaders in our own line as well as in other parts of the company.

It was through Reliv where I met Christians and Mormons that practiced their faith in ways that inspired. All lovely. They will remain part of my heart and part of my life until I die. Heck, even beyond. I recently asked one of my Reliv friends if we could be neighbors in heaven; I love how she thinks and talks.

As a side note, we bought a kitchen table and chairs with our first big check from Reliv; to celebrate, we named each chair after someone we loved, writing their name on the bottom. Our table was named Laura, after our Mormon neighbor, who was love itself.

Are Catholics Crazy?

Russ and I reluctantly allowed our daughter Rachel to attend a Nazarene University. I was scared for her to be in such a blatantly non-Catholic environment. I should not have worried.

Rachel’s college experience has been about spiritual growth as she learned from such a wide variety of crazy fantastic Christians. It’s been nothing short of a miracle to watch that gorgeous flower blossom into full bloom. (I love you, RNSD!)

I hope you can see, feel and taste that I don’t think Catholics are Best.

Furthermore, I don’t think that someone has to be a certain faith in order to get to heaven or to be loved by God.

I believe that my belief in Jesus Christ is what saves.

With all of that established, I also know that there are many misconceptions about the Catholic faith. I’ll admit we look a little cult-ish. It’s easy to think that we Catholics worship Mary, pray to wooden idols and think the pope is God Himself.

So I thought it would be fun to create a little Catholic Q & A in the safe environment of this blog. If you have ANY question about what Catholics DO or BELIEVE or THINK or PRACTICE, now is the time to ask!

You can write your questions in the comments  below, but I’d prefer you to simply email me.

If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will Ask a Priest or A Seminarian and we will get the question answered thoroughly.

I think that sounds kinda fun. I love to learn.

So, Fridays during Lent we’ll do some simple apologetics, widening the understanding of The Catholic faith. We might as well chew on something since we won’t be chewing on any meat!

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
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3 thoughts on “Are Catholics Crazy?

  1. Lori I just love you and keep looking forward to anything you write. I grew up Lutheran and am super grateful my folks loved my brother and i enough to take us to church every Sunday. But I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until my freshman year in college. I went to Grove City College in PA and there I met people who really radically loved Jesus. Wow, I realized I wanted what they had. I trusted Christ then. I had Christian friends there who had left the Catholic church, and from their stories, I just figured Catholics didn’t know Jesus. They didn’t know the difference between religion and relationship. Mark and I got married, and fast forward to our years in Chicago. When my oldest was born, I joined a community Bible study where I met one of the most beautiful, godly, faith-filled woman I have ever met. And doggone if she wasn’t Catholic! Alas, my first realization that Catholics could be real followers of Jesus! Since then I’ve met oodles of Catholics who love Jesus, and have come to realize that whether Protestant or Catholic, there are true followers of Christ and there are those that still need Him sitting in those churches! It is not mine to judge – I am called to love, and desire to simply be a light for Jesus. Boy do I fail at that too often, but He certainly never fails! Am praying for you Lori as you send out encouragement to all of us via your blog and emails. Know that you can do all things through Christ, cuz he’s the one who gives you His strength. (Phil 4:13). You have that power of the Holy Spirit in you, and I am praying for you that every time your fingertips touch that keyboard to write to us, He will fill you with His words and His wisdom. Keep on keeping on girlfriend! Sending you some PA hugs! Amy

    1. Amy, have you read Scott Hahn’s book “Rome Sweet Home”? I believe he and his wife Kimberly are alums of Grove City College also and he talks about his formation there.

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