I used to get quite squeamish when sitting in Mass with JP's family, especially when one of the readings would come from one of the books in the Old Testament that wasn't in the Protestant Bible. The Books of Wisdom, Sirach, and others were foreign to me. I was uncomfortable because I was convinced those … Continue reading Do Catholics Have A Different Bible?
Having a Protestant friend visit Mass may seem like a big deal, or not, depending on you and your friend. But I know, as a Protestant, there was a lot that confused me during Mass, and I often didn't feel super comfortable. The following things all would have been helpful to me as a visitor, … Continue reading 5 Things A Catholic Can Do To Help A Protestant Feel Comfortable at Mass
I've heard the following statements, or some variation, from friends and acquaintences over the years: "Mass is too long." "Catholics always look bored." "You guys just do the same things over and over." But... is Mass really too long? Are Catholics all super bored? Is doing the same thing over and over again really that … Continue reading Isn’t Being Catholic Repetitive and Boring?
Oh my goodness. As a Protestant, Purgatory was the weirdest. Along with the Mary stuff. I didn't think about Purgatory much, but when I did, I had no idea what Catholics were thinking. I thought Purgatory was some sort of bizarre waiting place, like a really long DMV line. Or a bus route that just … Continue reading Why I Believe In Purgatory
When JP and I were dating, I would often come across his German Grandmother, Oma, at their large Savaryn family gatherings. She knew I wasn't Catholic. And, on more than one occasion she tried to get me to understand the Catholic faith by telling me that Jesus told Peter "On this rock I build my church," … Continue reading How Rocks and Keys Helped Me Understand the Pope
One of the topics I get asked about most often by my Protestant friends is Confession. So here is a humble attempt to explain what the Sacrament of Confession means to me. Let me start by saying I love Confession. Love it. It’s awesome. More on that in a moment. And then, let me also start by explaining a … Continue reading Why I Love Confession
One of the big concerns I had as a non-Catholic was that Catholics don't believe in Sola Scriptura, or Bible Alone theology. Catholics accept the Authority of the Catholic Church on interpretation of the Bible, and to discern other Truths important to the faith though Tradition and the Magisterium. I now view the Authority of … Continue reading Why I Accept the Authority of the Catholic Church
Many aspects of Cathoicism, especially the Sacraments, are meant as a way for us to experience God both spiritually and physically. The idea is that God knows we are a body/soul composite, and therefore has given us the Sacraments for the benefits of both of these parts of our being. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, for example, … Continue reading Catholic 101: Talking With Our Hands. The Sign Of The Cross In And Around The Catholic Mass
Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Down. Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Whew! Non-Catholics attending a Catholic Mass think a lot of things about the different postures Catholics take. Things like "Oh, up we go again." And "Why are we kneeling?" And "Is it wrong if I kneel with my butt still on the seat, especially if I'm … Continue reading Catholic 101: Make up your minds already! The sitting, standing, and kneeling of Mass
I, Lorelei, have been a part of leading worship at church since I was about 12 years old. I'm 30 now, so 18 years. There are few things I can say I've done that long! Walking, riding a bike, eating copious amounts of chocolate in various forms, maybe. But not much else. Now, being Catholic, … Continue reading Catholic 101: Leading Worship and Catholic Mass