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.
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!