While I was investigating Catholicism prior to converting, a wonderful Catholic convert told me that a lot of Christians are already Catholic in their hearts, but they don’t realize it.
Have any of you experienced this? Do you feel that before you even began to look into Catholicism that you were already “acting Catholic” or “doing Catholic things?”
I can think of a lot of examples in my life.
The main thing I can think of is that I have always been convinced that Communion is more than just a “symbol.” I didn’t know any Catholic teaching about Eucharist, but I knew that I loved Communion services and wanted Protestant churches to be faithful in their celebration of Communion. (In recent years, many Protestant churches are beginning to offer communion only a few times per year).
Another example. I’ve written a lot of songs, and many of them have extremely Catholic themes or even doctrine.
One of my songs was actually a three verse description of the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, even though I didn’t know anything about the Rosary when I wrote it. (I didn’t include the Assumption of our Blessed Mother and her crowng as Queen of Heaven.)
When my husband pointed this out in the song, it was really kind of eerie. But after all, the Rosary mysteries are all straight out of the Bible, and I knew my Bible.
My daughter recently wrote me and asked for the words to a fun little song that I had written for her when she was three. It was called “The Boo Boo Song,” and tells how, just as a mother fixes our boo boos, Jesus will make “boo boos” better, too.
But what my Protestant-considering-Catholicism daughter saw in this song was the Blessed Mother, Mary! She wrote me a whole letter about how, just as a mother leads her child into the presence of healing, so does the Mother Mary lead us, the children, into the healing presence of her Son, Jesus.
Anyway, how about the rest of you? Are you or were you “inwardly Catholic” without knowing why, how, or what you were doing?!