Friends, evangelicals become Catholics. It may be hard to hear but it’s true.
I know you probably don’t think it could happen to you or those you love. But trust me, no one is safe from the Apostolic Truth sprinkled with Holy Water which Catholics dole out like it’s fish soup on a Friday.
To help you out, here at 25 signs to look for to see if your friend might be considering the Catholic Church.
- They surreptitiously make the Sign of the Cross when you pray together and then pretend they’re brushing away flies when you catch them.
- They’ve been seen with this book in their hand.
- They don’t know how to have a conversation without quoting G.K. Chesterton anymore.
- You saw a rosary stashed in their car.
- It wasn’t dusty or tangled in the jumper cables either.
- They keep saying, “but what did the Fathers teach?” like that should have some sway in the matter.
- You asked them if they’re saved and they told that they have been saved, are being saved and, God willing, will be saved.
- They’ve developed a fondness for crucifixes.
- You’ve seen them get that small, shy smile on their face when they talk about Mary. (I mean, talking about Mary is bad enough but the smile? That’s when you know it’s serious.)
- They’ve been to a Theology on Tap.
- Their bible looks suspiciously bigger at bible study.
- Like 7 books bigger.
- They keep talking about this great bible teacher Scott Hahn. He’s a pastor somewhere… you think.
- They think there might have been ACTUAL Christians in the 1,000 years between Augustine and Luther. You’re very suspicious on this point.
- You swear you’ve heard them mumble something in Latin.
- They think Pope Francis is the bees knees.
- They’ve started asking questions about contraception. (On a side note, you’ve decided that contraception is never appropriate church-supper conversation. No one wants to hear this stuff, dude.)
- They’re reading some book by a guy called Ratzinger. (Who is this man?)
- They tell you they want to be just like the Little Flower. (What is this flower? And why is it little?)
- You keep hearing the phrase RCIA popping up. You’re not sure what this is but you think it’s the Roman Catholic Intelligence Agency.
- Disunity makes them sad.
- They keep asking, “what do you think Mary thought about this?” in bible study. Who cares, it’s not like she was there! Oh wait… yeah, there she is in verse 5. #awkward
- They keep going back to Mass even though they can’t “eat the wafer”.
- They love Jesus and would do anything for Him.
- They just sent you this list.
Sadly, if you or your friend are suffering from the condition known as “thinking about becoming Catholic”, I really can’t help you. My own symptoms were terminal.
The best thing I can do is prepare you for the dire prognosis ahead: What to Expect When You’re Converting to the Catholic Church. You’re welcome. ;)
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