Throughout the last month of the COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn’t help but think, “how would we know Christians from non-Christians in a growing silent and cold world where everyone is apart and not interacting?” And in the wild pathways of my left-handed mind, I quickly digressed into generating a top 10 list of what real-life Catholics probably look like in the modern era of a post-Christian society. There are many ways someone might inadvertently reveal their faith silently to others; such as randomly noticing a group of women dressed the nostalgic blue-rimmed, pure white habits, made famously known by St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta. But, then if we pay attention to ourselves, there are humorous ways that we too are living the faith in the private and public aspects of our lives; whether we notice it or not. So here goes, here’s an accumulated list of top 10 practical things that might happen in a Catholic’s life.
#10: You actually prefer to celebrate someone’s baptismal date, instead of attending an Elmo-themed birthday party on their birthday.
#9: You celebrate Thanksgiving every day of the year in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and tell everyone over turkey that Squanto was a Catholic convert by the time he met the Pilgrims at Plymouth.
#8: As soon as you meet someone with a Christian name, you proceed to ask them about the amazing life and virtue the saint embodied, then you are shocked when you find out they don’t know their name-sake patron.
#7: Shazam never recognizes any of the music you like. #GregorianChant
#6: Every time the world acts like it’s all-knowing, you show your friends how they stole the idea or concept from the Catholic Church.
#5: When people fight over the pendulum of Red vs Blue in politics, you smile and say, “thank God that the Popes of the past 2000 years just carry on the same set of keys in one direction.”
#4: You search for the word “Catholic” on Indeed, and then set the minimum salary to six figures.
#3: You refuse to watch any Christmas shows on Lifetime, claiming they’re not accurately portraying the feast day of St. Nicholas and the Birth of Jesus.
#2: You randomly find yourself processing with Saint Maria Goretti around your parish, praying a Litany of the Saints (Featured Image) after taking a day off to volunteer for whatever came up.
#1: You literally manifest a living-nativity when you meet your first adopted son on your 9 year wedding anniversary in the NICU of a hospital named, St. Francis; after spending a week in Assisi Italy and buying your first nativity set, exactly on the same day the year before.
Well, whether you have experienced one or none of these, don’t get discouraged, it’s not meant to be an exhaustive list. I’m sure there are many more ways one could find examples not listed above. In this troubled time, we must keep our sense of humor. We must continue to seek how we can share our faith in the smallness of our lives.