A Stack o’ Catholicism

This week I was back in the library, feeding my book habit.

I got a bunch of books about Catholicism, because lately I’m wrestling with it.

I had a little time before work, so cracked a book about saints and sipped some iced coffee.

I felt ridiculous, because I had more books than I could ever read before they’re due. I’ve always been like this. As a little girl, I’d always emerge with a towering pile of books. I never could read them all, but I wanted the options. Some I’d skim, others I’d devour.

A woman sitting a few tables behind me approached with a smile.

“I saw your books,” she said. “I’m Catholic.”

Wow! So awesome.

“I am too,” I told her. “Not sure what I think about it lately.”

A little bit shy, I smiled and didn’t know what else to say. She nodded and sat back down.

About 10 minutes later, she came back.

“I’m going to my car,” she said. “I have a couple of books that might be in there on Catholicism, if you want them?”

Astonished, I just smiled and nodded.

She went to retrieve the books, and brought in two for me.

Only THEN did we exchange names.

I check out books while I’m questioning my faith, and connect with a total stranger because of it.

Turns out, she’s liberal too. Wow!

I invite her to sit down, and we chat in the way that only women can when they’ve just met.  She goes to a Catholic church in town I’ve never even heard of, and we talk a little bit about our beliefs. She tells me that she has another book that I just have to read– she’ll bring it for me and leave it at the counter.

And again, I’m amazed.

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6 comments on “A Stack o’ Catholicism

  1. mancuso79 says:

    Although it is a violent representation of faith, the message is one the warrents recognition. Your faith is only defined by yourself before all. Before any representative of God.

    • Thanks, I couldn’t understand the words to the prayer but looked it up, and I like it. I’ve never seen “The Boondock Saints,” but this may be the next movie I rent.

      I’m a little unclear on the last part of your message though– what do you mean, “only defined by yourself before all?”

      • mancuso79 says:

        I’m sorry. My solitary lifestyle tends to warp my typing ability. I was trying to say, your faith is defined from within first & foremost. And, “The Boondock Saints”, watch it when you are in the mood for an action flick. Not to find spiritual enlightenment. Ask Justin about it. I’m sure he has seen it.

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