How to be a Polite Catholic

















Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him,
and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
"Truly, you are the Son of God." - from yesterday's Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36

I so identify with Peter, don't you?  The minute my focus steers clear of my faith, I'm SUNK!  And unfortunately it doesn't take much.

I got a big kick out of The Crescat's article called How To Fail at Being a Good Catholic.  I have found myself in similar situations, though I've caught myself just before I said, "Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out."  That wouldn't have gone over very well, even with a CINO (Catholic in Name Only).

There was one time in particular where I felt the Lord literally hold my tongue and it was a good thing, too because it involved a priest.

Within minutes of our first meeting this priest launched into his hatred of a particular ethnic group and the fact that he prayed daily for our current Pope's demise.  YIKES!

Fortunately my husband was there, and I let him take over the conversation and we eased ourselves away from the situation.  Knowing me, my husband was grateful that I kept my mouth shut.

The Lord, doesn't always hold my tongue or anyone else's.  He's hoping that through prayer, attending Mass, reading the Bible and fellowship with other Catholics that we take a deep breath before we speak to someone who's contrary to a particular situation involving the church.

When I'm faced with "Someone Else" like The Crescat, I sometimes think to myself, "Lord, not today."  I get up from where I'm sitting or I walk away.

I figured it's more polite than telling them about the door.

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